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Announcements

Upcoming Events


Due to MIT’s response policy to COVID-19, all in-person meditation sessions/events will be suspended until further notice.

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.


Vesak Prayers

Cyberspace guided meditation with Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi
Thursday, May 7 at 8pm ET (5pm PT)
Venue: See here for more information.

Join us for an online prayer service/puja to celebrate Vesak 2020.

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.



30 Minutes of Calm

Cyberspace guided meditation with Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi
Selected Thursdays, at 5pm ET (2pm PT)
Venue: Click here to RSVP.

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.



Embracing Fearlessness: Parting from the Four Attachments

3-hour Online Retreat
Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 12pm ET (9am PT)
Venue: Click here to register.

This three hour retreat in CyberSpace will include prayer and meditation sessions. Teachings will be based on the text by 12th Century Sakya master Sachen Kunga Nyingpo focusing on the Bodhisattva path. There will be a brief Q&A opportunity at the end of the retreat session.

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.





Regular Activities

Weekly Club Meeting

Selected Fridays, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Venue: Varies

Our weekly meeting, with a period of meditation followed by open discussion. Open to anyone interested in practicing Buddhism or just curious about it. Join our "buddhism" athena mailing list to receive updates on times and locations.

Find Some Calm Under the Dome

Mondays (except holidays), 12pm-12:30pm
Venue: Barker Library (10-500) in the Dome Reading Room

Please join us for 30 minutes of silent meditation in the Barker reading room. Sit for a minute, or 30. Offered by the MIT Libraries. Please arrive promptly. Beginners welcome.

Silent Meditation Sessions (on campus)

Thursdays (except holidays), 6:30pm-7:30pm.
Venue: MIT Chapel

The MIT Chapel will be open for an hour of quiet group meditation. Guidance will be provided when group leaders are present. Open to MIT Community members.

Prajnopaya (Off-Campus) Activities

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, 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".