Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Advaita Meditation Center?

We are a longstanding spiritual community held together by our love for Advaita, a spiritual and philosophical tradition of self-realization, and for each other. The center is led by dedicated teachers and supported entirely by volunteers. Learn more about our organization.

How did the Advaita Meditation Center come about?

The center began in Boston in 1970, was incorporated as an educational nonprofit in 1976, became affiliated with the Sringeri Math in India in 2005 and became the Advaita Meditation Center in 2008. Learn more.

What is meditation?

It is a time-honored practice, common to many spiritual and religious traditions, that involves allowing the mind to rest and the attention to focus on a single subject. It has many helpful benefits. Learn more.

What’s your approach to meditation?

We teach several different forms of meditation, but our main approach emphasizes mantra meditation—which begins by meditating on a silently repeating sound. Learn more.

How can I get started with meditation right away?

We offer different ways to get involved with meditation. Learn more.

What is Advaita?

Advaita is a philosophical and spiritual tradition of self-realization based on a comprehensive view of the fundamental unity of all things. Learn more by reading Advaita Overview and Advaita as a Path.

Can you suggest reading materials about Advaita?

We have assembled a wealth of informational resources to help you out. Learn more.

If I'm an Advaitan looking for a group to join, why should I consider your center?

First read about our community and ongoing study groups, to learn if the center sounds like a place that will support and enhance your current practice. Then contact us to discuss how we can welcome you.

What kinds of courses and activities can I participate in?

You can choose among a variety of meditation offerings, including open meditation evenings, weekly practice and discussion groups and other activities. Learn more.

Who are your teachers?

Our teachers are down-to-earth people who have spent many years learning and sharing on the path to self-realization. They volunteer at the center out of their love for the spiritual journey and the enjoyment of teaching and sharing what they’ve learned. Learn more.

What goes on at a typical class, meditation evening or retreat?

Read About Our Classes.

Sounds interesting. How do I get started?

You have many options: come to an open meditation any Wednesday; learn to meditate in our introductory class; join a reading group; or contact us directly to discuss your particular interests.

I don’t want to make a commitment before I try things out. What should I do?

You are welcome to attend one of our open meditation evenings. You can also contact us directly and arrange to speak with one of our teachers.

Where are you located, and how do I get there?

Get directions to our classroom site in Waltham, Massachusetts, or our retreat center in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

For more information on meditation at the Advaita Meditation Center, please contact us at 781-647-0020 or