Frequently Asked Questions
What does Mindful Boston do?
Mindful Boston offers classes on meditation skills building.
Mindful Boston is a place you can go to for a structured and sane approach to meditation practice. Mindfulness practices can be simple in their form, but mindfulness itself is not necessarily easy to fully embody. We offer a pathway and a community setting.
Our long-term practitioners answer your questions about the process of establishing your own meditation practice.
Our training pathway shows a way of building your own skills as a meditator today. …and maybe even someday becoming a teacher yourself!
We have audio recordings and podcasts.
We have live classes in the Boston area that you can attend.
How can I participate with Mindful Boston?
Listen to a podcast.
Attend a class.
Once you have attended a class, you can then apply for membership at our studio.
Members can attend our quarterly silent sits.
What doesn’t Mindful Boston do?
We will not be “hacking your brain.”
Neuroenhancement and neurostimulation are medical procedures that are not yet properly regulated and we do not endorse them.
We will not be giving you “quick easy tips.”
Mindfulness and compassion are multidimensional qualities of the human heart, and therefore are too complex to fit into a meme. Since studying mindfulness is a lifelong process, our studio will be here for you for the long term. This work is worthy of commitment and investment on the part of students and on the part of teachers.
We will not help you to “get your zen on” or give you “enlightenment.”
The words ‘zen’ and ‘enlightenment’ are from Buddhist lineages. We are not a Buddhist center. We deeply respect our Buddhist colleagues and therefore we will not appropriate, muddy, or misuse Buddhist terms.
What about the religious roots of meditation practices?
Mindfulness and compassion are not outside of you, you were born with them. If you would like to grow your inborn abilities, practicing meditation is a way to grow.
Historically, people who wanted to learn how to build qualities of heart, such as mindfulness and compassion, did so within religious settings. Mindful Boston is one of a number of organizations who are now attempting to offer non-religious contexts for learning these skills. If your would prefer to study within a religious tradition, that’s great too! We just don’t offer that here at Mindful Boston.
The MBSR program does have roots in Buddhist study. Please go to the UMass Medical School page to get a full understanding of how they developed the MBSR course to be secular enough for medical and educational setting.
Yoga studios have roots in Hindu study. We do not yet have a website to refer to for more info about the Hindu roots of western yoga studios and the ways in which they could be considered secular or not.
Martial Arts studios have offered secular forms since coming to the US in the 1950s. It is very common for martial arts students to have their own religious beliefs alongside their martial arts practice without conflicts of spirit.
Mindful Boston’s business structure is most similar to a martials arts studio. That’s why we are called a meditative arts studio.