Thursday-night meditation sessions are cancelled while the MIT Chapel is under renovation until March 2015.

Upcoming Events

(To be rescheduled) Jewish and Buddhist Perspectives on the Power of Speech: An Interfaith Dialogue

Schedule pending.
Venue: W11-140. RSVP required to heyrabbi@mit.edu.

A conversation between the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi and Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder. A kosher dinner will be served. Free and open to the MIT Community. See the event poster.

(In)Sight @ Sloan

Sep. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 16, and Dec. 6
Venue: External day trips. Sloan students only.

Surf. Hike. Paint. Eat. Fifteen Sloanies and SOs will come together to examine the stillness at the heart of activity. These four events intend to create a safe, introspective space for us to look inward and perhaps discover a few things about ourselves and each other. We will head down to Rhode Island for surf instruction and beginner waves, take a silent walk in the woods, work like Jackson Pollock with color and canvas, and eat blindfolded in the dark. Events may incorporate group meditation (instruction provided). Sign up will be first-come-first-served; preference will be given to those who have not attended a previous event. Sponsored by (In)Sight @ Sloan and MIT Sloan Student Life.

Contact: Kathy Lin (nanlin@gmail.com) or Lucia Kamm (Lucia.Kamm@sloan.mit.edu).

Regular Activities

Silent Meditation Sessions (on campus)

Cancelled under March 2015
Venue: MIT Chapel

An hour of quiet meditation. Instructions will be provided at the beginning. Open to MIT Community members.

Sloan Sits

Mondays and Wednesdays, 12pm-1pm
Venue: Mondays in E51-393. Wednesdays in E51-390.

An opportunity for regular meditation and quiet sitting at MIT Sloan.

Prajnopaya (Off-Campus) Activities

Silent Meditation Sessions

Sundays at 10am. Check here to confirm schedule.
Venue: 44 Walker St., Cambridge, MA

An hour of quiet meditation. Instructions will be provided at the beginning. Open to MIT Community members.

Cyber Dharma: Teachings with the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi

Thursdays, 8pm-9:30pm. Check here to confirm schedule.
Venue: 44 Walker St., Cambridge, MA

Weekly teachings with The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi. When Venerable Tenzin is not on-campus in person, he teaches through live interactive webcast. Current texts for discussion are His Holiness the Dalai Lama's How to Expand Love and Acharya Shantideva's Guide to a Bodhisattva's Way of Life. Previous teachings have covered: Acharya Nagarjuna's Exposition on Bodhichitta, HH the Dalai Lama's The Art of Happiness, Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My Perfect Teacher, Foundations of Buddhism, and others.

Register here to receive updates on the Thursday Teachings.

Interesting Links

  • Videos from the Dalai Lama's visit in October 2012 can be found here and here.
  • The Buddhist Community now has a Library of Buddhist books. Stop by before or after the Thursday meditation to discuss borrowing.
  • The Benefits of Meditation, from the MIT News Office, about MIT and Harvard researchers finding a neurological benefit to meditation.
  • The Campus Chapel as an Interfaith Laboratory, in the Chronicle of Higher Education: The White House encourages colleges to bring religious communities together for interfaith services and conversation.
  • New links on our Media Gallery page!

Programs supported in part by the Office of Religious Life (MIT); Dean of Student Life (MIT); and Prajnopaya. On-campus activities sponsored by MIT GSC via the Buddhist Students Club.
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Welcome! The MIT Buddhist Community is a group of keen individuals interested in the study and practice of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist philosophy.

  • Led by MIT's Buddhist Chaplain, the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, we participate in weekly teachings, regular meditation exercises, and periodic all-day retreats.
  • Undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni are all welcome!
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