Third Thursday: Free Will?

Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats
Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats
Public group

All Souls Unitarian Church

5805 E 56th St · Indianapolis

How to find us

Room 4, up the stairs on your left when you enter the front door to the church, on your right after the men’s rest room

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This week we will be discussing the idea of free as presented in the Buddha's teaching. The talk will be based on an article written by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, "Did the Buddha Teach Free Will?" The idea of free will is one of those topics, one of which perhaps should be placed into the same category as religion and politics. Many people strongly believe free will doesn't exist, while other people believe just as strongly that it does. Join us this Thursday to hear what the Buddha had to say and share your ideas on free will.

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 we 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.