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A Path Through Life: Cultivating Clarity, Discernment, and Freedom

Residential Program
Dates: Feb 17, 2023 - Feb 20, 2023
Days: Friday - Monday
Number of Nights: 3 nights

Instructor(s): Chris Crotty

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Course Description:

How do we cultivate and sustain a way through life that is both personally relevant and aimed at the deepest freedom taught by the Buddha? How do we interpret and practice with the nostalgic and aspirational teachings offered in the suttas and commentaries while navigating the pace and pressures of modern life?

This program explores the notion of path as an expression of clear intention, direction, and a deep sense of purpose in life, and how Dharma practice can help achieve this. To support this inquiry we will turn to aspects of the Dharma which have historically guided students in making life affirming choices supporting the ideal of liberation. With an emphasis on discernment–and using meditation, reflection, silence, and wise speech–we will explore the coupling of fierce determination and gentle embracing in body, speech, and mind as we contemplate the following teachings: skillfulness, the Three Jewels, refuge and renunciation, effort/energy and non-attachment, and two core archetypes, the arahant and the bodhisattva. Meditation practice will include insight (vipassana), kindness (metta), and compassion (karuna). 

The path of Dharma includes having a set of tools and practices that can be utilized in practical ways to relate to ourselves, others, and the world we live in, yet it is more than that. In daily life, the direct experience of path offers us a felt sense of being held; there is a “place” to which we belong and a direction we are headed. There is a sense of being “located” right where we need to be, a place where we can hold both our adversities and aspirations with greater equanimity.  

Noble Silence:
This program includes dedicated periods of both wise speech and noble silence. Some contemplative exercises may involve mindful speaking and listening. Noble silence is to be upheld at all other times.

Experience Level:
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.

Cancellation Policy:
If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us as soon as possible. If you cancel two or more weeks before a program begins, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. If you cancel less than two weeks before your program begins, your full deposit is forfeited. If you received financial assistance, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. All cancellation fees support our Scholarship Funds.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Chris Crotty is a Dharma teacher in the insight tradition, a Buddhist pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in alternative medicine. Practicing meditation since 1998, he has trained with Burmese meditation masters, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition, and senior western Vipassana teachers. His main teacher is Sayadaw U Indaka. Chris is interested in the role of kindness and ethics in the development of wisdom, and as a basis for creating caring communities. Chris is the guiding-teacher at Boston Meditation Center.