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Upcoming Events

Screening of "Rising Tide of Silence"

Wednesday, September 17, 6pm-8:30pm
Venue: Simmons Hall MPR.

A screening of the film "Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence", about the Catholic monk Thomas Keating. Discussion with producer/director Peter Jones and Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi will follow. Open to the general public.

Film description: "A Rising Tide of Silence" is a reflective portrait of Father Thomas Keating, one of today's most influential spiritual leaders. Interweaving historical footage, interviews, and extensive conversations with Father Thomas, the film traces his spiritual journey from an affluent New York City childhood, to an austere Trappist monastic life, to his rise through the Order, and his election as Abbot of St. Joseph's Abby in 1961.
While at the Monastery in the early 1970's Father Thomas introduced Eastern religious practices to the monks and became one of the originators of Centering Prayer. After resigning as Abbott in 1981, Father Thomas founded Contemplative Outreach in 1984 to bring Centering Prayer to a worldwide audience. A renowned theologian and author of more than 30 books, Father Thomas Keating is widely recognized for his ecumenical approach to spirituality. For those who encounter him, his example is a moving modern journey of faith.


On-Campus Retreat: Cultivating Awareness

Saturday, September 20, 10am-1pm
Venue: 4-349 (Pappalardo Room).

Please join us for this half-day retreat based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. The retreat will include teachings, meditation, and discussion. Free and open to all, donations encouraged. Register or inquire here or call (413)24-UPAYA.


Jewish and Buddhist Views on Silence: An Interfaith Dialogue

Thursday, November 6, at 7pm
Venue: W11-180. 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.


Jewish and Buddhist Perspectives on the Power of Speech: An Interfaith Dialogue

Wednesday, December 3, at 7pm
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)

Thursdays, 6pm-7pm.
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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  • Events are also posted to the MIT Events Calendar ; do a quick-search for "buddhist".