9:30am to 1:00pm, Saturday, August 24, 2019

In the McFarlin Chapel at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 2 Westford Street, Chelmsford

Mindfulness supports us in calming the mind and focusing our attention. Loving-kindness (metta) meditation systematically cultivates friendliness, benevolence and good-will. Loving-kindness is a natural foundation for happiness and well-being which is not reliant on external factors. In this half-day retreat, Buddhist teacher Chris Crotty will guide students in the practices of mindfulness and Loving-kindness through sitting and walking meditation, periods of silence, and instructional dharma reflections.

Chris Crotty, M.A. is a Buddhist teacher and pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor in wellness and alternative medicine. Practicing meditation since 1998, he has taken retreat with Burmese monastics Sayadaw U Indaka and Sayadaw U Tejaniya, scholar-practitioner Bhikkhu Analayo, western monastics of the Zen and Thai Forest tradition, and senior western Vipassana teachers. Chris was authorized to teach Buddhadharma in 2015 by senior teachers in the western Insight (vipassana) tradition, and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by Sayadaw U Indaka (Chanmyay Myaing, Myanmar).  Chris is the guiding teacher at Boston Meditation Center, and an active member of the Center for Spiritual Care & Pastoral Formation (CSCPF), through which he participates in ongoing training in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care.

This event is appropriate for both beginners and experienced meditators alike. Participants should bring their own lunches and meditation cushions or benches as desired; chairs will be available.

This retreat is offered on the basis of dana, the Pali word for generosity. Programs offered on a dana basis have no cost as the teacher offers their time as part of their generosity practice. In turn, participants will have an opportunity to support the teacher and church at the end of the program.

Kindly RSVP by Monday, August 19.




Details to follow.

The building accessibility project at First Parish is now mostly complete with just a few finishing touches remaining. Starting on October 23, the Tuesday evening meditation group will return to our regular location in the McFarlin Chapel. Please use the new entrance at 2 Westford Street. Once you enter the building, proceed past the church office on your right and turn right down the main corridor. The Chapel is located at the end of the corridor, through the double doors.

The sangha is still without a permanent “home” within First Parish as the church renovation project begins to wind down and many moving parts finally come to rest. Until further notice, please continue to refer to the weekly newsletter for the latest updates on where we will meet each Tuesday evening. Also, going forward please use the new entrance at 2 Westford Street to gain access to the building.

Until further notice the Tuesday evening meditation group will continue to meet in the Sanctuary at First Parish. Please use the ground-floor Vestry entrance and take the stairs to the second floor.

Please note that the Tuesday evening meditation group will continue to meet as scheduled during construction at First Parish. Because of the ongoing construction, the exact location (e.g., Vestry, Sanctuary, or Chapel) may change from week to week, so please refer to the latest newsletter or contact us for the most up-to-date information.

After a 3-week hiatus the Tuesday evening meditation group will resume our regular meetings, starting tomorrow from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in the Vestry.

The sprinkler installation at First Parish did not commence as planned during our break. The installation is now (tentatively) scheduled to begin later this week. We will continue to keep everyone posted on how this may impact next week’s meditation group.