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Announcements

Upcoming Events

Into the Magic Shop: The Neuroscience of Compassion and Altruism

Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 7pm
Venue: Simmons Hall MPR

Please register here so we know how many people to expect.

Neurosurgeon James Doty, MD, will discuss topics from his book, "Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart". Dr. Doty is a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), where he researches the neuroscience of compassion and altruism. He is also a philanthropist funding health clinics throughout the world and has endowed scholarships and chairs at multiple universities. He serves on the board of a number of nonprofits, including the Charter for Compassion Internatinal and the Dalai Lama Foundation.





Regular Activities

Find Some Om Under the Dome

Mondays, 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, 6pm-7pm, except for holidays and breaks.
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.

Insight @ Sloan Meditation Sittings

Mondays 12pm-1pm, Tuesdays 8:30am-9:30am, Thursdays 12pm-1pm.
Venue: 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".