This week's discussion topic is the twelve links of dependent origination. This teaching describes the process of causes, conditions and results that keeps us trapped in an unfortunate cycle. Afflictive mental states can condition our actions that result in future dissatisfaction and suffering. And the experience of dissatisfaction and suffering conditions future afflictive mental states. And so the cycle continues endlessly, unless we understand it and take action to break out of it.
The goal of Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats (IBMR) is to provide teachings and support for Buddhist practice. Thursday meetups are for everyone: a 30-minute meditation, a dhamma talk or some other teaching program, and ending with sharing about our practice and questions and answers.
IBMR also hosts extended periods of meditation practice the second Saturday of the month when a residential retreat isn't scheduled. IBMR is one of the few, if not the only organization of our type offering regular day and overnight retreats. Please check our calendar for upcoming events.
We recognize that people’s needs vary widely so will attempt to provide teachings and support to benefit where we are in our interest, commitment, and practice experience.
Thursday meetups are held at All Souls Church that provide facilities without charging us. Dana or voluntary donations on First Thursdays will be donated to the church in gratefulness for their generosity; on remaining Thursdays, dana will fund IBMR’s programs that cost to organize, and scholarships for those in need of financial assistance to participate.
Thursday meetups are free. Other events may require a registration fee. See details for each one.
RSVP is encouraged but not required for attending Thursday meetups. Just show up if your schedule changes and you are able to come and join us.
For other events, RSVP may be required. Please check descriptions of each event for information.