What is a Meditative Arts Institute?
Is meditation part of a religion?
A cooking school can be called a culinary arts institute. And at a culinary arts institute it is assumed that you can cook the food regardless of your religious beliefs. While there are ways of cooking that are kosher or halal, it is not assumed that you will be trained religiously at an average cooking school in the United States.
Mindful Boston's meditation practices are skills that every person can learn and develop within themselves. There is no requirement to meditate in a religious way, any more than there would be a requirement to cook in a religious way. While it is a wonderful thing that religious cooking and religious meditating happen elsewhere, we don't offer religious instruction at Mindful Boston's classes. Our meditative arts institute is as secular as any culinary arts institute can be.
We use the words "secular" and "nonreligious" in our description pages in order to highlight that our skills-based meditation classes do not belong to any one creed or religion. And still we deeply respect our colleagues in other organizations who do choose to use meditation skills in that way.
Meditation practices are skills, or "tools," that serve to build human wisdom. Most religions include meditative tools as part of their training pathways. And still, each person who picks up a tool has the freedom to use it differently.
Mindful Boston offers meditation practices as tools, but the expression of any cosmology is outside the scope of what we can offer. Please bring the tools that you learn at Mindful Boston home with you to use as a part of your own spiritual tradition, or non-tradition.