Upcoming Events

Envisioning a Better World: Conversation with Wisdom Traditions

Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder and Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi
November 28, 2018, 6pm.
Venue: MIT W20 Private Dining Rooms 1 and 2

As we hurtle toward an unknown future, as the limits of technology evaporate, and as the templates of politics and society take on unprecedented forms, let us take a moment to envision the world we'd like to work toward.

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Co-sponsored by MIT Hillel, Prajnopaya at MIT, Buddhist Students Club.

Forging a New Moral Vision in an Age of Crisis

The Venerable Bhikku Bodhi, of Chuang Yen Monastery
Lecture: April 19, 2018, 5-6:30pm. Meditation Session: April 20, 2018, 9:30-10:30am.
Venue: Lecture: MIT Media Lab, room E14-674. Meditation Session: Burton Conner Dorm (Building W51), Porter Room.

The Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, of Chuang Yen Monastery, will present the inaugural lecture of the MIT Global Studies and Languages' T.T. and W.F. Chao Distinguished Buddhist Lecture Series, "Forging a New Moral Vision in an Age of Crisis", and will lead a meditation session the following day.

Click here to register. For more information, see the lecture series' web page.

Ven. 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.

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, 6:30pm-7:30pm, on Sep. 14 and 28; Oct. 12 and 26; Nov. 16; Dec. 14.
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 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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