• 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

  • Pariyatti - Dhammapada Study, Knowing, Living and Realizing the Teachings
    We’ll jump to the last pair of verses in Chapter 1 of the Dhammapada, Yamaka-Vagga, almost as profound as the first 4 verses in the chapter. These verses address the relation of knowing the teachings, realizing them in jhana, and living them out in daily life. The Pariyatti series is offered for a suggested donation of $20 per meeting, $50 for all meetings of the month contracted on the First Tuesday. Please make arrangements with the teacher if you are unable to make the donation or if you start attending after the first Tuesday of the month. Scholarships are available. The series is open for anyone to attend. Discussion is active and practice-focused. The class begins with a 20-minute meditation. RSVP is required. Please change your status should your schedule change.

    The Hatch

    6161 Hillside Ave · Indianapolis, IN

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  • Second 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.

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    The Hatch

    6161 Hillside Ave · Indianapolis, IN

  • Monkey Mind, Stories, Papanca and You...
    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

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  • Pariyatti - Dhammapada Study, the “essentials” or “core” to see
    We’ll continue our study verse by verse of the Dhammapada, this evening studying verses 9 to 12, the “essentials” to understand. What should be the focus of our awareness, the guides to the choices we make in life? The Pariyatti series is offered for a suggested donation of $20 per meeting, $50 for all meetings of the month contracted on the First Tuesday. Please make arrangements with the teacher if you are unable to make the donation or if you start attending after the first Tuesday of the month. Scholarships are available. The series is open for anyone to attend. Discussion is active and practice-focused. The class begins with a 20-minute meditation. RSVP is required. Please change your status should your schedule change.

    The Hatch

    6161 Hillside Ave · Indianapolis, IN

  • One-Night Fall Residential Retreat: Mindfulness & Insight
    The one-night teacher-led retreat with accomodations for sleeping and breakfast is from Saturday, November 3 at 1 pm and ends on Sunday at 12 noon. Registration opens at 11 am on Saturday. Participants are encouraged to come early, secure your room, make sure everything works fine, walk around the campus and begin to still the mind. There will be dhamma talks and instruction, intensive practice periods, and individual and/or group interviews with focus on developing mindfulness and insight. We shall have our own zendo the entire duration of the retreat so participants if they so desire can practice more arduously, for longer periods. The regular practice schedule will be specially designed for the actual participants at the retreat. Meals: There will be no supper served Saturday night but participants can bring food for their supper. Those who can fast after noon are encouraged to try this traditional Buddhist practice. Continental or hot breakfast will be served Sunday morning. If we don’t have enough attendees, we can’t order hot meals just for our group. Meals shall be silent and mindful. Because of the food constraint, participants have to make sure their physical health will tolerate fasting or taking a light supper. The retreat is open to anyone willing to commit to staying for the whole period of the retreat. Be aware that retreats can be difficult for those with little practice time but difficulty can also result in a more profound experience. Participants shall be asked to take the Five Training Precepts including Silence, with completely no communication with anyone outside or inside the retreat except with the teacher. If you need to stay in contact with family or anyone during the retreat hours as posted above, please consider taking another retreat. Training shall be in the Nikaya Early Buddhist tradition based on the Pali canon and Zen but will be geared for the modern trainee in language and training tools. Reading, writing, and the use of electronic devices during the retreat (other than for checking time) are discouraged. 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. 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 opportunity to show appreciation and support the IBMR's vision for 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 - $80, $100, $115, $130. These are for Double Occupancy rooms. To request Single Occupancy, add $35 to your chosen rate. This is subject to availability, and on a first-come-first-served basis. If you cannot meet the deadline for paying your registration fee by Thursday, Nov. 1 at 11 am, please make arrangements with Cindy Brown for your payment. 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: The entire fee is refunded minus $50 if cancellation is made 4 weeks or more before the scheduled retreat. No refunds after 4 weeks except for medical emergencies. 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.

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    Benedict Inn Retreat & Conference Center

    1402 Southern Avenue · Beech Grove, IN

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  • Practicing To Change What We Experience
    The goal of Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats (IBMR) is to provide teachings and support for Buddhist practice at all levels and to help 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 we respect other wisdom traditions that share Buddhism’s goal of reducing suffering through compassion and training. 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. Tonight’s short Dhamma talk will be on tools we can employ to be more mindful, manage perception more skillfully and develop right view that we experience more ease and peacefulness in daily life. The greater part of the time will be open to questions and answers on any aspect of practice. 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, organize other events or retreats, and offer scholarships for retreats and study workshops. 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

  • 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

  • Pariyatti - Dhammapada Study, Vedanā and Desire in Practice
    “Desire is a Liar,” quoted Ajahn Amaro last week in the video we watched. The next twin verses in the Dhammapada addresses how letting desire alone govern the actions we take can lead to suffering. This evening we’ll discuss how to work with vedanā and desire in both practice and daily life. The Pariyatti series is offered for a suggested donation of $20 per meeting, $50 for all meetings of the month contracted on the First Tuesday. Please make arrangements with the teacher if you are unable to make the donation or if you start attending after the first Tuesday of the month. Scholarships are available. The series is open for anyone to attend. Discussion is active and practice-focused. The class begins with a 20-minute meditation. RSVP is required. Please change your status should your schedule change.

    The Hatch

    6161 Hillside Ave · Indianapolis, IN

  • The Three Poisons
    We will have our usual meditation between 6:30 and 7:00 PM. Doug Stout will lead this evenings discussion topic, the three poisons. Also called the three unwholesome roots, they refer to Moha (delusion, confusion), Raga (greed, sensual attachment), and Dvesha (aversion, ill will). These three poisons are the afflictive mental states that are the root causes Dukkha (suffering, pain, unsatisfactoriness). In short, all of our problems can be tracked back to these three. The discussion will cover what they are, why they are important, what they are not, what we can do to diminish them, and qualms and objections that may come to mind about them. 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. 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

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