Videos from the Dalai Lama's visit in October 2012 can be found here and here.

Upcoming Events

Individual and Community: An Ongoing Conversation between Jewish and Buddhist Texts and Traditions

Wednesday, April 2, at 7pm
Venue: W11-155. RSVP required.

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

Right Mindfulness: A Talk by Bhikkhu Bodhi

May 14, 2014, at 6:30pm
Venue: Simmons Hall MPR.

(This event is part of ReThinking Mindfulness Series at MIT)

Bhikkhu Bodhi is an American Buddhist monk from New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1944, he obtained a BA in philosophy from Brooklyn College (1966) and a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School (1972).

Drawn to Buddhism in his early 20s, after completing his university studies he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he received novice ordination in 1972 and full ordination in 1973, both under the late Ven. Ananda Maitreya, the leading Sri Lankan scholar-monk of recent times.

He was appointed editor of the Buddhist Publication Society (in Sri Lanka) in 1984 and its president in 1988. Ven. Bodhi has many important publications to his credit, either as author, translator, or editor, including the Buddha — A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (co-translated with Ven. Bhikkhu Nanamoli (1995), The Connected Discourses of the Buddha — a New Translation of the Samyutta Nikaya (2000), and In the Buddha’s Words (2005).

In May 2000 he gave the keynote address at the United Nations on its first official celebration of Vesak (the day of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing away). He returned to the U.S. in 2002. He currently resides at Chuang Yen Monastery and teaches there and at Bodhi Monastery. He is currently the chairman of Yin Shun Foundation.

ReThinking Mindfulness: Tradition | (pop)Culture | Wellbeing

May 23-24, 2014
Venue: Wong Auditorium, E51-115.
Registration required. Click here to register, and here to make a donation towards these programs.

The mindfulness movement has grown in a remarkable way in the past few years and is accelerating. Where has this movement come from? Where is this movement going? What has been accomplished by it? What are the further applications? What impact can it have on the wellbeing of individuals and of society as a whole? ReThinking Mindfulness seeks to promote a probing and constructive conversation — and as provocative as necessary — about the mindfulness movement.

Join some of the leading thinkers and practitioners to explore and enhance our understanding of this modern phenomenon with ancient roots.

Speakers: Bhikkhu Bodhi, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Alan Wallace, Tenzin Priyadarshi, Chade-Meng Tan, Joi Ito, Pat Christen, Pattie Maes, Kevin Slavin, Tinsley Galyean, Judson Brewer, Christopher Germer

For schedule and details, click here.

In cooperation with: MIT Media Lab, Prajnopaya at MIT, BSC@MIT, ORL@MIT.

Regular Activities

Silent Meditation Sessions (on campus)

Thursdays, 6pm-7pm.
Venue: MIT Chapel

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

Prajnopaya (Off-Campus) Activities

Silent Meditation Sessions

Thursdays, 6:30pm-8pm. 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

  • 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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  • Events are also posted to the MIT Events Calendar ; do a quick-search for "buddhist".