The Boston Buddha provides a wide range of Attention and Compassion Techniques (ACT trainings) via meditation and mindfulness. These trainings are designed to cultivate positive qualities of mind – qualities like – (clear sustained attention, compassion, patience, generosity, kindness, willpower, strength perseverance, forgiveness, humor, warmth, and empathy). We believe that happiness comes from the mental habits you continually practice – moment to moment awareness. These are our mental push-ups! We can train the mind to be more like the qualities we admire – so we can get out of our own way – and be happier in our lives.
Mix & Match Meditation and Mindfulness Course
This course is taught in four, one-hour sessions. The first session begins with the basics of meditation – what it is, how it works, how it can benefit each person, and ways to integrate it into daily life. Throughout the course, you’re taught and practice two powerful meditation techniques (one mantra based and one breath based). Both techniques are hands-on and experiential, and we’ll discuss your experiences throughout the course.
In addition to the two meditation techniques, by the end of the course, you will have learned a wide range of general techniques to help you become more mindful throughout your days – and be able to implement these stress reducing practices into your daily work and life.
Meditation For Beginners/Mindfulness For Beginners
These are perfect classes for beginners or anyone who wants to get back on track with meditation and/or incorporate mindfulness into your lifestyle. No experience or prerequisites are necessary.
You’ll discover the basics of meditation – What meditation is, what it isn’t, experiences to expect and the many benefits that will unfold for you when you learn to meditate. We will address different ways to meditate and learn how to integrate mindfulness techniques into your day to complement your daily meditation practice.
The Boston Buddha’s technique uses the breath and a silent sound, or mantra, that helps you direct your attention inward; to go beyond your thoughts, emotions, memories and worries, into the silence and stillness of your awareness – so you can recharge.
Any questions you have about meditation and mindfulness will be answered and after the informative sessions there will be guided meditations.
“The great thing about Andy is that he’s very accessible and didn’t make the topic of meditation something I couldn’t relate to. He explained the correlation between meditation and scientifically proven medical benefits to a guy like me. It is good to know that medicine has proven there are very real benefits.”
“I have loved the ‘Introduction to Meditation’ classes I have attended – the incorporation of meditation has brought a lightness to my step and a softness to my heart and your quotes are perfect pauses each day… to reflect and appreciate moments/connections/love. Thank you for helping to make the small steps of progress possible.”
Corporate Meditation: Awareness In the Workplace
We offer Corporate Meditation Workshops, which provide quick and easy to learn meditation techniques, customized to fit your business schedule. Andy’s proven method and strategies are designed to increase workplace efficiency and improve the overall health of your workforce.
With the ever changing landscape of technology, employees are working harder and faster with fewer resources. Workplace stress is often the most overlooked yet most impactful health concern facing employers today. A stressful work environment can create tension among staff and management, reduce company loyalty, decrease productivity and increase health care costs. All of these factors can drastically cut into the growth and bottom line of any business. Let The Boston Buddha help you grow your business!
“The meditation techniques I learned from Andy’s workshop have helped me approach situations at work with a clearer and calmer mind, resulting in a better outcome for both myself and my coworkers. If there’s one place the incredible benefits of meditation can be put to use, it’s in the workplace.”
Jenny V., Hill Holliday
“The session was awesome and I really liked Andy and his manner with the team. I waited, though, to see what the reaction was today and everyone is raving. They really enjoyed the session, so many people were pleased and surprised at how easily they ‘got’ it, and everyone noticed a huge increase in their energy levels yesterday. They’re even staying more focused today.”
Christine S., Thomson Reuters
Primordial Sound Meditation
Revived by Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon – The Chopra Center, Primordial Sound Meditation is recommended for anyone who wishes to enjoy deeper peace and greater emotional freedom.
This is a meditation technique originating in the ancient wisdom of India. Primordial Sounds, the basic, most essential sounds of nature, are used to disconnect us from the activity of life. These individually selected sounds, known as mantras, are based on the vibration the universe was making at the moment of your birth.
You will be introduced to the principles of meditation in general and guided through all aspects of Primordial Sound Mediation. You will be taught a mantra that has been selected specifically for you and you will learn how to effortlessly integrate it into your daily routine. You will gain an understanding of the variety of experiences you may have during meditation and the benefits you will notice in your life if you practice it regularly. You may share your experiences, ask questions and then there will be a group meditation. We will also explore the Higher States of Consciousness that can be achieved through regular practice of Primordial Sound Meditation and you will be shown Dr. Deepak Chopra’s vision of these higher states.
Meditation classes are limited to 8 people. In order to arrange timely delivery of your mantra, we will email you the required form which we need returned at least one week before attending the class.
Special rates are available for veterans and seniors. Scholarships are also available based on financial need.
Morning/Afternoon Mindfulness Workshops for Students
Our Morning and Afternoon Mindfulness Workshops, teach students HOW to pay attention. The program brings dramatic improvements in concentration, attention and unity among students.
After years of extensive research, we know that learning to be mindful can:
• Increase Attention Span
• Improve Impulse control
• Reduces stress
• Build community and Empathy
We use a combination of techniques used in mindfulness meditation trainings. Every class starts with a game or activity and ends with an introspective meditative period, focusing on the present moment and breath awareness. In the middle is the teaching objective – for example, how to use mindfulness in the following ways: to calm down, to focus, to help you go to sleep, to see yourself more clearly, or to help you in conflict resolution.
The Boston Buddha also conducts training and workshops for parents, public and private school educators, therapists and aides in educational environments.
Instructor Andy Kelley is an ordinary dad who shares witty and relatable stories to both teachers and students alike about the benefits of meditation. These benefits even go beyond the classroom. According to a study of the mental health of teenagers by Kaiser Permanente, meditation has helped successfully treat depression, anorexia and bulimia and various mood disorders.
We will come to your school and create a program for your Students, Educators and Faculty.
Schools Andy is working with:
Atrium, Watertown MA
Avon Middle / High School, Avon MA
Butler Elementary, Avon MA
Bigelow School, Newton MA
Lawrence, Heath, Upper Devotional schools, Brookline MA
Burr School, Newton MA
Collicot, Cunningham, Tucker, Glover Elementary Schools, Milton MA
Milton Academy, Milton MA
Cottage Elementary School, Sharon MA
Roland Green Preschool, Mansfield MA
Angier Elementary School, Newton MA
Parmenter Elementary School, Franklin MA
“Thank you so much for the wonderful work you did with our children. We were so lucky to have people like you who were willing to offer their time and effort to introduce our kids to one of the most important things in life: How to live mindfully.”
Amel, mother of First Grade student
“Thank YOU so much for sharing this information with our children. I admit that Dieter wasn’t thrilled about the class when I first signed him up but by the end he was reminding me ‘It’s Monday, I have that class today’ and he cheerfully walked himself up to the library… Once he got angry at home (frustrated with homework or something) and he suddenly got really quiet. When I asked him what he was doing he said, ‘Mom, I’m breathing’. So I guess it’s getting through. Have a great summer and please let us know if any other classes come up, for kids or adults! Thanks again.”
Judy, mother of Fifth Grade student