• Now..."Now"?
    The goal of Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats (IBMR) is to provide teachings and support for Buddhist practice at all levels and, in particular, to prepare practitioners so they become skilled and experienced in the practice to participate in the more intensive training of a Buddhist retreat. Not everyone who comes intend to do a retreat. Teachings are primarily in the Theravadan and Zen traditions but can be drawn from other wisdom traditions. Presentation of First Thursday shall be scholarly (i.e. with some objectivity rather than indiscriminate devotion) and practical, based on primary sources, commentaries, and the experience of the presenter. We're open to all schools of Buddhism and other wisdom traditions, like Christian, Muslim, Classical Greek, etc. We welcome those just with an interest in knowing more about Buddhism as well as seasoned practitioners. No prior knowledge or participation in a Buddhist meet-up is necessary to attend. In Buddhism one’s practice develops with time and commitment so we begin to see changes in how we live our lives daily. It is not a quick fix so we cultivate patience and perseverance. Each meet-up typically begins with a meditation period, group sharing of our practice insights, announcements if any, a Dhamma talk, and sangha or group discussion of practice and/or Buddhist teachings. Buddhist teachings are given freely. Dana or generosity allows the meet-up to meet organizational expenses and organize other events or retreats at different venues like Benedict Inn where we have to pay for the use of facilities. All organizers are unpaid volunteers. We welcome any member interested in providing a service to the sangha. Just approach one of the organizers. All Souls Unitarian Church offers us free use of their resources. Dana or financial donations on First Thursdays are donated to the church as expression of our gratitude and metta (lovingkindness). The church also receives half of the suggested registration fee at Second Saturday Sangha. RSVP is encouraged but not required for attending. Just show up if your schedule changes and you are able to come and join us.

    All Souls Unitarian Church

    5805 E 56th St · Indianapolis

  • Saturday Sangha at The Hatch
    Three hours of sitting with walking meditation. No dhamma talk but a half-hour at the end to share questions and insights. If you are needed to stay in touch with others between 1:00 and 4:00 pm or are unable to stay the whole time, please consider coming to another retreat. No registration fee. Dana or voluntary donation for the teachings is welcome. RSVP is requested.

    The Hatch

    6161 Hillside Ave · Indianapolis, IN

    Respond by: 11/16/2018
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  • Monthly Practice Change
    The goal of Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats (IBMR) is to provide teachings and support for Buddhist practice at all levels and to provide more specific or more intensive training to deepen and/or broaden the scope of individual and group practice. Practice Change is a monthly opportunity for practitioners to commit to a change just for 12 hours on the 3rd Thursday of the month. RSVP and, if you desire, post on the event page what change you want to practice that day. Participants don't need to make public their intention but publishing it here may raise your energy to achieve it more than if you attempted the change on your own. At the 4th Thursday sharing, you may discuss how the Practice Change worked for you and what you did on follow-up. Did you like the change? Did you give it up? Did you modify it? Did you set yourself another Practice Change intention? Examples of Practice Change intentions include but are not limited to: reducing stimulant intake i.e. coffee, tea, nicotine, etc; eating more moderately; eating meals more slowly and more mindfully; avoiding eating meals or snacks after noon; avoiding eating after 5 pm; meditating 20 minutes during a break at work; doing mindful walking 20 minutes once a day; mindful walking 20 minutes twice a day; speaking to someone with encouragement at least once that day; repeating to yourself an empowering statement at least twice during the period, becoming mindful of body for at least 20 minutes during the day, etc. Change is often difficult to do no matter that intellectually we know what change could benefit us. This IBMR event is designed to help us be aware of Right Effort and the power of Right Thought or Intention. It may also help to remind ourselves that personal change also benefits others—those you love, those you don't care for, partners, spouses, friends, your support groups, etc There is no charge to participate in this event. If you find it beneficial consider becoming a more active, contributing member of our sangha at IBMR. May all beings be well, happy and at peace with themselves and the world.

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  • Saturday Sangha at The Hatch
    Three hours of sitting with walking meditation. No dhamma talk but a half-hour at the end to share questions and insights. If you are needed to stay in touch with others between 1:00 and 4:00 pm or are unable to stay the whole time, please consider coming to another retreat. No registration fee. Dana or voluntary donation for the teachings is welcome. RSVP is requested.

    The Hatch

    6161 Hillside Ave · Indianapolis, IN

    Respond by: 11/23/2018
  • Meditation, Dhamma Talk and Discussion
    The goal of Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats (IBMR) is to provide teachings and support for Buddhist practice at all levels and, in particular, to prepare practitioners so they become skilled and experienced in the practice to participate in the more intensive training of a Buddhist retreat. Not everyone who comes intend to do a retreat. Teachings are primarily in the Theravadan and Zen traditions but can be drawn from other wisdom traditions. Presentation of First Thursday shall be scholarly (i.e. with some objectivity rather than indiscriminate devotion) and practical, based on primary sources, commentaries, and the experience of the presenter. We're open to all schools of Buddhism and other wisdom traditions, like Christian, Muslim, Classical Greek, etc. We welcome those just with an interest in knowing more about Buddhism as well as seasoned practitioners. No prior knowledge or participation in a Buddhist meet-up is necessary to attend. In Buddhism one’s practice develops with time and commitment so we begin to see changes in how we live our lives daily. It is not a quick fix so we cultivate patience and perseverance. Each meet-up typically begins with a meditation period, group sharing of our practice insights, announcements if any, a Dhamma talk, and sangha or group discussion of practice and/or Buddhist teachings. Buddhist teachings are given freely. Dana or generosity allows the meet-up to meet organizational expenses and organize other events or retreats at different venues like Benedict Inn where we have to pay for the use of facilities. All organizers are unpaid volunteers. We welcome any member interested in providing a service to the sangha. Just approach one of the organizers. All Souls Unitarian Church offers us free use of their resources. Dana or financial donations on First Thursdays are donated to the church as expression of our gratitude and metta (lovingkindness). The church also receives half of the suggested registration fee at Second Saturday Sangha. RSVP is encouraged but not required for attending. Just show up if your schedule changes and you are able to come and join us.

    All Souls Unitarian Church

    5805 E 56th St · Indianapolis

  • Saturday Sangha at The Hatch
    Three hours of sitting with walking meditation. No dhamma talk but a half-hour at the end to share questions and insights. If you are needed to stay in touch with others between 1:00 and 4:00 pm or are unable to stay the whole time, please consider coming to another retreat. No registration fee. Dana or voluntary donation for the teachings is welcome. RSVP is requested.

    The Hatch

    6161 Hillside Ave · Indianapolis, IN

    Respond by: 11/30/2018
  • Pre-Meetup Meditation Group
    On First Thursdays, you're invited to meditate for 30 minutes before the meet-up itself begins. There will be no break between this and the 30 minute-meditation at 6:30. People will then have a choice of sitting for 30 or 60 minutes. If you don't plan to stay for the regular meet-up, leave at 6:30. As always, no prior knowledge or participation in the meet-up is requisite for attending. Training (sikkha) takes time; benefit accrues over time as one develops regular practice. If you’re new to Buddhist vipassana meditation, please message one of the organizers to request meditation instructions. Dana (voluntary donations) for First Thursdays go to All Souls Church in appreciation of their allowing us to use their facilities for these meetups. RSVP is requested but not necessary. Just show up at the church.

    All Souls Unitarian Church

    5805 E 56th St · Indianapolis

  • Meditation, Dhamma Talk and Discussion
    The goal of Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats (IBMR) is to provide teachings and support for Buddhist practice at all levels and, in particular, to prepare practitioners so they become skilled and experienced in the practice to participate in the more intensive training of a Buddhist retreat. Not everyone who comes intend to do a retreat. Teachings are primarily in the Theravadan and Zen traditions but can be drawn from other wisdom traditions. Presentation of First Thursday shall be scholarly (i.e. with some objectivity rather than indiscriminate devotion) and practical, based on primary sources, commentaries, and the experience of the presenter. We're open to all schools of Buddhism and other wisdom traditions, like Christian, Muslim, Classical Greek, etc. We welcome those just with an interest in knowing more about Buddhism as well as seasoned practitioners. No prior knowledge or participation in a Buddhist meet-up is necessary to attend. In Buddhism one’s practice develops with time and commitment so we begin to see changes in how we live our lives daily. It is not a quick fix so we cultivate patience and perseverance. Each meet-up typically begins with a meditation period, group sharing of our practice insights, announcements if any, a Dhamma talk, and sangha or group discussion of practice and/or Buddhist teachings. Buddhist teachings are given freely. Dana or generosity allows the meet-up to meet organizational expenses and organize other events or retreats at different venues like Benedict Inn where we have to pay for the use of facilities. All organizers are unpaid volunteers. We welcome any member interested in providing a service to the sangha. Just approach one of the organizers. All Souls Unitarian Church offers us free use of their resources. Dana or financial donations on First Thursdays are donated to the church as expression of our gratitude and metta (lovingkindness). The church also receives half of the suggested registration fee at Second Saturday Sangha. RSVP is encouraged but not required for attending. Just show up if your schedule changes and you are able to come and join us.

    All Souls Unitarian Church

    5805 E 56th St · Indianapolis

  • Full Day Bhavana Workshop: Working with Self and Attachment
    This 6-hour day program at Benedict Inn combines lectures and discussion with meditation and practice. We shall have use of the retreat facility grounds and our own lecture room. Lunch will be provided. (Lunch is subject to the number of participants or whether another group at the center is ordering lunch. As of this posting, another group is expected to be ordering lunch.) Registration opens at 9:30 am on Saturday. The formal program starts at 10 am, ends at 4 pm. Participants are encouraged to come early, walk around the campus and begin to still the mind. The workshop is open to anyone willing to commit to staying for the whole period of the program. This December Bhavana workshop shall explore how attachment and the aggregates of self when not mindfully observed can lead to repeated patterns of self-created suffering, and how practice can change this. Reading, writing, and the use of electronic devices are encouraged so long as they facilitate learning and practice. Internet communication however should be limited to emergencies, mobile devices silenced so we can focus on the training and practice. Teacher: Orlando Gustilo has over 30 years experience in psychodynamic psychiatry and Buddhist meditation practice. He started in the Zen tradition in 1985 until he sat with Ruth Denison at IMS in 1986. He has done retreats with various teachers but starting in 1992 began to base his practice on the study of the Pali suttas and abhidhamma. He has taught and led retreats since 2014, leading the monthly 2nd Saturday Sangha Retreats at All Souls since 2015. He teaches the weekly Pariyatti classes at IBMR. Retreat Fees: IBMR's retreat fees are on a sliding scale. This allows participants to pay according to individual means. There are five rates: Benefactor, Sustaining, Mid, Base and Scholarship. Base does not cover IBMR's cost but is subsidized by those able to pay more. Mid is IBMR's cost without overhead expenses like office supplies, promotional materials, volunteer time, meetup fees, etc. Sustaining is IBMR's actual cost. Benefactor provides an opportunity to show appreciation and support IBMR's vision of teaching and encouraging Dhamma practice. Scholarship is need-based, is dependent on meet-up member dana and donations, and must be applied for to Cindy Brown, IBMR Organizing Retreat Manager prior to registration. For this retreat, fees are as follows: Base - $20, $30, $40, $50. Please mail or hand your registration fee to Cindy so that she will have it by Thursday, December 6, at the time of the Thursday meet-up. If you have problems paying the fee on time, contact Cindy Please send cash or checks made out to the Retreat Manager, Cindy Brown at: 8865 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46240. You may contact her at: [masked]. You may also hand her the cash or check at a meet-up. Refunds: No refunds. Teacher Dana. Fee does NOT include dana for the teacher. Traditionally, Buddhist teachings are given freely, the community expressing their gratitude and appreciation of the value of the teachings by supporting teachers.

    Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center

    1402 Southern Avenue · Beech Grove, IN

  • Saturday Sangha at The Hatch
    Three hours of sitting with walking meditation. No dhamma talk but a half-hour at the end to share questions and insights. If you are needed to stay in touch with others between 1:00 and 4:00 pm or are unable to stay the whole time, please consider coming to another retreat. No registration fee. Dana or voluntary donation for the teachings is welcome. RSVP is requested.

    The Hatch

    6161 Hillside Ave · Indianapolis, IN

    Respond by: 12/7/2018