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.