Due to MIT’s response policy to COVID-19, all activities will be held on Zoom until further notice.

There will be no sessions on Nov. 19 or 26, 2020.

Upcoming Events

If you have an MIT email address or are invited by a community member, you may subscribe to the dharma mailing list to receive updates. Non-MIT affiliates may want to look into the Bodhimarga online study group, or the wider Prajnopaya Institute organization.

Regular Activities

30 Minutes of Calm

Cyberspace guided meditation with Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi
Selected Thursdays, at 5pm ET (2pm PT)
Planned schedule: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12; Dec. 3
Venue: Go here to register.

Join us for a guided meditation.

Protocol for meditation sessions:

  • Join the session a few minutes prior to the actual start time.
  • Find a quiet and comfortable place to join/call from.
  • Meditation sessions are generally silent, except during guided sessions when the instruction will speak.
  • Please no Q&A unless the instructor has specifically asked for it.

Dharma Discussion

Open discussion with Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi (MIT Community only)
Selected Thursdays, at 5:35pm-6:30pm ET (2:35pm-3:30pm PT)
Planned schedule: Oct. 8, 22; Nov. 5; Dec. 3
Venue: Go here to register.

Join us for an open discussion on Buddhism-related topics.

Protocol/etiquette for teaching sessions:

  • Join the session a few minutes prior to the actual start time.
  • Whether you are using computer audio or a phone line, mute yourself unless you have to say something or it is a Q&A session. After you’ve asked your question be sure to turn your phone back to mute.
  • Be sure that your computer is connected to the network beforehand, and have the login information available.
  • When using video be sure that your camera is at a proper angle, or else choose not to transmit video.
  • Do not pace around or talk to your pets or yourself while your audio and video are on.
  • When using phone line be sure you are somewhere quiet. If you are by yourself, please use a headset.

Prajnopaya (Off-Campus) Activities

Traditional Teachings and Meditation Retreats led by Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi are held on certain Saturdays and Sundays. Please visit http://bodhimarga.org to check the schedule.

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, Spiritual, and Ethical 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!
  • mit list Events and regular meeting announcements are made on our "buddhism" Athena mailing list. Add yourself to list "buddhism" using the blanche command on Athena, or use the moira web portal here (MIT email addresses only; contact the student group leaders in person if you wish to receive announcements at a non-MIT address).
  • mit list Event announcements are also made on our (lower traffic) "dharma" mailing list (open to MIT affiliates and invited guests).
  • Non-MIT affiliates, please look into the Prajnopaya Institute for a larger organization to get involved with, or the Bodhimarga study group to focus on Buddhist study.
  • Events are occasionally posted to the MIT Events Calendar ; do a quick-search for "buddhist".