Mindfulness, Insight & Compassion: three qualities of a fully engaged life
Oct
3
to Nov 21

Mindfulness, Insight & Compassion: three qualities of a fully engaged life


Thursday Mornings at the Center

This 8-week class will focus on three essential aspects of practice and how they infuse every factor of the 8-Fold Path. Mindfulness is a quality of mind most directly cultivated through meditation and through learning to turn toward our moment to moment experience with open hearted curiosity. As mindfulness is established, Insight into the true nature of life is clearly seen and the compassionate heart can naturally arise. Compassion itself can be a doorway to Insight as Mindfulness brings curiosity to obstructions in the heart. The class is appropriate for those relatively new to practice as well as more seasoned practitioners. The meditations will be based on the Anapanasati Sutta and we will use a number of texts to enhance our exploration.



 For Information write: info@southoceansangha.org


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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Oct
3
to Nov 21

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Thursday Evenings
6:30 pm- 9:00 pm
October 3 - November 21
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th St. 10th Floor
Practice Day on Saturday, Sunday, Novemberr 10 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Free Orientation Thursday, September 19 , 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
(required if you intend to register for the class)
Tuition $600-$450.00 includes materials and Practice Day
Limited scholarships available.

 PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY ON A WAIT LIST

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 Weekly On-Line Sitting Group  Off for Two Weeks, Resumes  October 6
Oct
6
to Nov 17

Weekly On-Line Sitting Group Off for Two Weeks, Resumes October 6

These weekly on-line sessions are offered to support your practice.  Each week I will guide a meditation for 25 minutes, give a short talk, have time for q/a and close with another sit.  We will use the zoom platform which is dependable and easy to use.  his weekly sit will be offered on the basis of generosity and there is no registration fee.  

To join simply go to zoom.us, click on Join Meeting (upper right side) and when it asks for the meeting ID use 718 360 3141  from there just follow the instructions.  The zoom app should automatically install but this only takes a few seconds.   Please go to zoom.us in advance just to make sure you are clear on how it works.  Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Generosity itself is a practice.  I will offer the teaching freely, and give you the opportunity to support my practice as a teacher.   

Support can be offered via PayPal.Me/mindfulnessnyc . Paypal me only works if you have a paypal account, otherwise just go to paypal.com and use my email address: mindfulnessnyc@gmail.com.  If you wish to use Venmo my ID is Jon-Aaron.

 

 

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Yom Kippur-- A Day of Silence and Refection
Oct
9
10:00 AM10:00

Yom Kippur-- A Day of Silence and Refection

  • New York Insight Meditation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

co-led with Elaine Retholtz and Sandra Weinberg


Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement, a day when, as a community, Jews are asked to reflect on their actions of the past year and to ask for atonement for any actions that were unskillful. In support of this day, NYI hosts a day of silence and reflection.

The day will end with a traditional break-fast.




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 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Oct
16
to Dec 4

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Wednesday Evenings
6:30 pm- 9:00 pm
October 16 - December 4*
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th St. 10th Floor
co-taught with Savanna Jo (Upayadhi) Luraschi

Practice Day on Saturday, Sunday, Novemberr 24 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Free Orientation Wednesday October 2, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
(required if you intend to register for the class)
Tuition $600-$450.00 includes materials and Practice Day
Limited scholarships available.
* Due to Thanksgiving the class that week will be on Tuesday November 26


 

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Mindful Healing: Working with Pain & Difficulty
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Mindful Healing: Working with Pain & Difficulty

  • New York Insight Meditation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Buddha taught of suffering and the end of suffering but for those with physical pain, particularly chronic physical pain, this end of suffering seems like it might never happen.

This day of practice will focus on physical pain and how mindfulness practice and some specific Buddhist teachings can open up a pathway to freedom through our pain.

Many of the practices will be from the teachings of Vidyamala Burch, author of “You are Not Your Pain” and founder of Breathworks in the UK. Jon is a certified Breathworks instructor as well as a Certified MBSR Teacher and Teacher Trainer, and a regular dharma teacher at NY Insight and has worked often to help people with pain and illness.

This program will include some mindful movement specifically geared toward those with physical pain or other physical challenges. Participants can be experienced meditators or totally new to meditation.

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Day of Practice for MBSR Alumni
Nov
24
9:30 AM09:30

Day of Practice for MBSR Alumni

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 co-led with Upayadhi Luraschi

This a full day of practice for current MBSR alumni. The theme will be around self-compassion, forgiveness and gratitude. A great opportunity to turn off your digital devices and re-charge your meditation batteries !

Registration Fee: $60.00  (scholarships available)

 

 

 

 

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Body as Mountain, Mind as Sky
Aug
30
to Sep 4

Body as Mountain, Mind as Sky

  • Rocky Mountain Eco-Dharma Retreat Center (map)
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Body as Mountain, Mind as Sky 
Exploring our True Nature in Nature
A 5-Night Silent Retreat over Labor Day Weekend
  with Jon Aaron and Johann Robbins 

These frequently quoted phrases by the 13th Century Zen master Dogen evoke a feeling of embodied freedom and will form the basis for this retreat.  So often we live as though we are separate from nature when in fact, we are nature. Most of this retreat will be outside- sitting, walking and just being in the surrounding beauty.   The exquisite natural beauty of the RMEDC will provide all the support needed live into Dogen’s words.

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Mindfulness, Insight & Compassion: three qualities of a fully engaged life
Aug
10
9:00 AM09:00

Mindfulness, Insight & Compassion: three qualities of a fully engaged life

  • South Nassau Unitarian Universalist Church (map)
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A Day of Practice hosted by South Ocean Sangha

Mindfulness is a quality of mind most directly cultivated through meditation and through learning to turn toward our moment to moment experience with open hearted curiosity.  As mindfulness is established, Insight into the true nature of life is clearly seen and  the compassionate heart can naturally arise.   Compassion itself can be a doorway to Insight as Mindfulness brings curiosity to the obstructions to the compassion heart as they arise.

This day of practice will look at how we can bring these three qualities into fruition to be fully engaged in life.

 For Information write: info@southoceansangha.org

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New York Insight Community Sit
Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

New York Insight Community Sit

These teacher-led sittings provide an opportunity for the Sangha to meet with NewYork Insight teachers for meditation, a Dharma talk and dialogue to address practice issues. Open to all regardless of experience.  No registration fee but an opportunity to practice generosity.

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New York Insight Community Sit
Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

New York Insight Community Sit

These teacher-led sittings provide an opportunity for the Sangha to meet with NewYork Insight teachers for meditation, a Dharma talk and dialogue to address practice issues. Open to all regardless of experience.  No registration fee but an opportunity to practice generosity.

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Insight 101-- Six Week Beginner Course
Jul
10
to Aug 7

Insight 101-- Six Week Beginner Course

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A class for beginning meditators and those curious about the Buddhist approach to meditation
Six Wednesday Mornings
10:00AM-Noon

This course will provide fundamental instruction in insight meditation. Emphasis is placed on the practices of sitting and walking meditation and developing mindfulness in daily life. Explanation and discussion of the Buddhist teachings central to insight meditation are part of each class. The course is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators who wish to maintain their “beginner’s mind.”

The teachings of the Buddha have an experiential emphasis. It is not a question of believing that practicing meditation is beneficial, but of actually trying it out and experiencing the results for oneself. Insight meditation is a way to develop wisdom and compassion. The core of the practice is the cultivation of mindfulness. In the past few years, there has been a great increase in the study of mindfulness and its benefits. This class is appropriate to all with an interest in meditation and everyone is welcome.



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How Mindfulness Leads to  Insight-- a day-long retreat
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

How Mindfulness Leads to Insight-- a day-long retreat

What is the relationship between mindfulness (Sati) and Insight (Vipassana)? In this day of practice, we will explore the factors of mindfulness and the practice of investigation and how these efforts lead to both insight and tranquility.

What are we talking about when we speak of insights in the meditative context? A strong key is found in the Seven Factors of Awakening which starts with Mindfulness. The teaching on the Seven Factors is a key to our own individual awakening and consequently the awakening of the society we are part of.

In this Daylong, we will explore the concept of meditation, how it leads to insight and what concepts support us in our meditation practice. This program is open to meditators of all levels.



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Mindfulness, Compassionate Action and the Wisdom of Emptiness
Apr
18
to May 23

Mindfulness, Compassionate Action and the Wisdom of Emptiness

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Thursday Mornings @ the Center

Mindfulness, Compassionate Action, and the Wisdom of Emptiness.

How does meditation practice inform our engagement with the world today?    As we walk the path between the absolute and ultimate reality do we allow appropriate response to arise when confronted with the challenges we face today?  The ideal of the Bodhisattava—implicit in the early Buddhist teachings and explicit in the later teachings—is compassion in action.   Compassionate action arises in the space of emptiness when we let go of the clinging to self.  This class will explore the Bodhisattva ideal –its place in the early teachings and some of the primary texts of later teachings.  Most important however we will explore how compassionate action arises in us, when is it blocked, and how we bring our practice and wisdom into the world. 

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 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Apr
10
to May 15

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

MBSR in HARLEM

Wednesday afternoons
noon-2:30
April 10-June 5 (no class on May 29
Land Yoga
2116 Frederick Douglas BLvd.
Practice Day on Saturday May 10 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Free Orientation Wednesday , April 3, 9:30 am - noon
(required if you intend to register for the class)
Tuition $600-$450.00 includes materials and Practice Day
Limited scholarships available.

 

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Finding the Stillness Within
Mar
29
to Mar 31

Finding the Stillness Within

A Weekend Retreat
Finding the Stillness Within
Friday March 29-Sunday March 31
 hosted by Insight Meditation of Cleveland

 

The theme for this retreat is Finding the Stillness Within. What happens when we drop our digital devices, cut down our sensory input and come to silence?  This is what we discover on retreat.   Thoughts and unhelpful emotional states that clutter the mind and are the result of our daily life start to clear away like clouds, and the stillness which is our natural state becomes our place of refuge.  In this still place of refuge, wisdom and compassion can naturally arise.   This mindfulness meditation weekend retreat will alternate between guided sitting meditations and various mindful movement practices with evening talks and individual teacher meetings. It is wonderful opportunity for those with limited meditation experience who have not experienced a silent retreat.

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New York Insight Community Sit
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

New York Insight Community Sit

These teacher-led sittings provide an opportunity for the Sangha to meet with NewYork Insight teachers for meditation, a Dharma talk and dialogue to address practice issues. Open to all regardless of experience.  No registration fee but an opportunity to practice generosity.

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Three Tuesday Nights at Dharma Punx NYC
Feb
12
to Feb 26

Three Tuesday Nights at Dharma Punx NYC

  • 302 Bowery New York, NY, 10012 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 

Loving the Life You Have

Three Evenings at Dharma Punx

I'm delighted to be filling in for Josh Korda in February at the Tuesday evening meditation of DharmaPunx.  The topic of my talks will be about how true equanimity is like an improvisation-- there are no wrong notes in life. 

February 12: Essential Love—finding true love with yourself and truly loving others

February 19 and 16: Finding the Stillness Within— cultivating positive mind-states leading to a happy and healthier life.

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You Are Not Your Pain
Feb
2
to Mar 1

You Are Not Your Pain

  • KIMA Center for Physiology and Wellness (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturday Afternoons
3:00PM-5:00PM
February 2-March 23
KIMA Center for Physiology and Wellness
New York, NY
Registration Fee: $550.00, Limited scholarships available.

"Breathworks methods could radically change your life for the better."
- Prof. Lance McCracken, Professor of Behavioural Medicine, King's College, London

This 8-Week class is geared toward those who deal with persistent pain, illness or other conditions affecting one’s physical health. The curriculum was originally developed by Vidyamala Burch, founder of Breathworks in England. While it is in some ways similar to the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn it is much more specifically teaching how the power of mindfulness addresses chronic physical pain and illness. Participants will learn how to manage their pain in daily life, breath and body awareness practices, gentle mindful movement, and numerous meditation practices to cultivate a greater sense of kindness toward self and others.

Participants will receive a class workbook, and meditation recordings via MP3.

Because of the nature of the class, registration is limited to 12 participants. Upon registration you will be requested to fill out an application and then have an interview with Jon Aaron to determine if the class is appropriate for you.

If you are interested in this class please write me directly: mindfulnessnyc@gmail.com

"The approach I learned from Jon's class has helped me lessen my dependence on nonnarcotic painkillers and has instilled in me a sense of hope." - Lynne, participant

"As someone recovering from a traumatic brain injury, Jons class and teachings helped me for the first time to listen to my body and start searching for my true baseline. Since taking the class I have continued to integrate the teachings daily through the rest of my rehabilitation and recovery - which has been a priceless tool" - Zander, participant

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Into the Void- The Buddha's Teachings on Emptiness
Jan
17
to Mar 1

Into the Void- The Buddha's Teachings on Emptiness

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Into the Void: The Buddha’s Teachings on Emptiness
Thursdays- January 17, 2019- March 21, 2019 (no class January 24)
10:00AM-Noon

The teachings on Emptiness (Sunyata) can come across as some great mystical experience or as a “thing” to be obtained.  While it may seem confusing at first, these teachings have the potential to open us to the experience and embodied wisdom of Anatta (not-self).   There are many books on the topic (some of which will be used in this class) and you have likely heard the term used often in talks.   This class will be an opportunity to explore how, as we start to live from the place of Emptiness, true freedom is experienced. 

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Three Thursday Evenings for MBSR Alumni
Dec
6
to Dec 20

Three Thursday Evenings for MBSR Alumni

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Three Thursday Evenings for MBSR Alumni:
Bringing Your Practice to Life
December 6, 13, & 2 7:00-9:00PM
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th St. 10th Floor

Whether you've recently completed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or your practice just needs a bit of energizing this will be a three-week class to re-enforce and renew. This is an opportunity to practice together and learn ways to bring these practices into our lives while bringing life to our practice. Particular emphasis on self-compassion and equanimity.

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The Three Refuges and other Threes
Dec
6
to Dec 20

The Three Refuges and other Threes

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Thursday Mornings at the Center

The lists of three include the Refuges, the three Characteristics, Three Poisons, Three Pillars for Making Merit, etc. These three Thursdays we will explore how these threes overlap and interface with each other and the other key teachings of the Buddha. An opportunity to practice, learn, experience and embody.

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The Heart's Perfection -- Bringing your Practice to Life
Sep
13
to Nov 1

The Heart's Perfection -- Bringing your Practice to Life

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The Heart’s Perfection—Bringing your Practice to Life
A course on the Paramis

The Paramis, or Perfections of the Heart, reflect the humanness of the Buddha’s teachings. Each of these ten Paramis  (Generosity, Patience, Renunciaiton, Determination etc) offers a way to expand your practice into every moment of your life. Through Mindfulness we become curious about the subtleties each of the qualities holds and how our resistance can be overcome. 

This class will be appropriate yogis of all experience levels
Registration will be available at NYIMC.org shortly.

 

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Weekly On-Line Sitting Group
Jul
22
7:00 PM19:00

Weekly On-Line Sitting Group

These weekly on-line sessions are offered to support your practice.  Each week I will guide a meditation for 25 minutes, give a short talk, have time for q/a and close with another sit.  We will use the zoom platform which is dependable and easy to use.  his weekly sit will be offered on the basis of generosity and there is no registration fee.  

To join simply go to zoom.us, click on Join Meeting (upper right side) and when it asks for the meeting ID use 718 360 3141  from there just follow the instructions.  The zoom app should automatically install but this only takes a few seconds.   Please go to zoom.us in advance just to make sure you are clear on how it works.  Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Generosity itself is a practice.  I will offer the teaching freely, and give you the opportunity to support my practice as a teacher.   

Support can be offered via PayPal.Me/mindfulnessnyc . Paypal me only works if you have a paypal account, otherwise just go to paypal.com and use my email address: mindfulnessnyc@gmail.com.  The same address can be used with Venmo.

 

 

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 Weekly On-Line Sitting Group
Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

Weekly On-Line Sitting Group

These weekly on-line sessions are offered to support your practice.  Each week I will guide a meditation for 25 minutes, give a short talk, have time for q/a and close with another sit.  We will use the zoom platform which is dependable and easy to use.  his weekly sit will be offered on the basis of generosity and there is no registration fee.  

To join simply go to zoom.us, click on Join Meeting (upper right side) and when it asks for the meeting ID use 718 360 3141  from there just follow the instructions.  The zoom app should automatically install but this only takes a few seconds.   Please go to zoom.us in advance just to make sure you are clear on how it works.  Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Generosity itself is a practice.  I will offer the teaching freely, and give you the opportunity to support my practice as a teacher.   

Support can be offered via PayPal.Me/mindfulnessnyc . Paypal me only works if you have a paypal account, otherwise just go to paypal.com and use my email address: mindfulnessnyc@gmail.com.  The same address can be used with Venmo.

 

 

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Weekly On-Line Sitting Group
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Weekly On-Line Sitting Group

These weekly on-line sessions are offered to support your practice.  Each week I will guide a meditation for 25 minutes, give a short talk, have time for q/a and close with another sit.  We will use the zoom platform which is dependable and easy to use.  his weekly sit will be offered on the basis of generosity and there is no registration fee.  

To join simply go to zoom.us, click on Join Meeting (upper right side) and when it asks for the meeting ID use 718 360 3141  from there just follow the instructions.  The zoom app should automatically install but this only takes a few seconds.   Please go to zoom.us in advance just to make sure you are clear on how it works.  Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Generosity itself is a practice.  I will offer the teaching freely, and give you the opportunity to support my practice as a teacher.   

Support can be offered via PayPal.Me/mindfulnessnyc . Paypal me only works if you have a paypal account, otherwise just go to paypal.com and use my email address: mindfulnessnyc@gmail.com.  The same address can be used with Venmo.

 

 

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Improvising Life, a Five-Day Silent Retreat on the Sea
Jun
12
to Jun 17

Improvising Life, a Five-Day Silent Retreat on the Sea

Improvising Life-- a Five-Day Silent Retreat at Mercy by the Sea
Madison, CT -- Sponsored by Copper Beech Institute
 

Our life unfolds like music from an orchestra. We respond or react depending on the tonality in any given moment. Over time, we gain a fixed interpretation of this music, and expect it to continue to unfold in a similar way according to our tastes and preferences. We are thrown off base when a discordant note arrives. Through practice, though, we learn to improvise and begin to realize that riffing off the discordant can create beauty.

This is an opportunity to renew and deepen your practice of compassion and mindfulness meditation, and live fully in a strong, supportive, and beautiful environment enhanced by silence with the support of experienced teachers.

Much of our time will be spent engaged in sitting and walking meditation with periods of mindful movement. The teachers will provide meditation instruction and guidance along with daily talks.

 

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Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat at the Sienna Retreat Center, Racine Wisconsin
May
13
to May 19

Silent Mindfulness Meditation Retreat at the Sienna Retreat Center, Racine Wisconsin

 

Join Jon Aaron and Beth Mulligan in exploring and practicing the foundational teachings of Mindfulness in a 5-night silent residential retreat.  This retreat will take place at the lovely Sienna Retreat Center on the shores of Lake Michigan

Co-Sponsored by the The University Of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness and Mindful-Way Stress Reduction Programs

 

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 Weekly On-Line Sitting Group
Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

Weekly On-Line Sitting Group

This will be the maiden voyage of an on-line sitting group which will meet weekly.  Each week I will guide a meditation for 25 minutes, give a short talk, have time for q/a and close with another sit.  We will use the zoom platform which is dependable and easy to use.  his weekly sit will be offered on the basis of generosity and there is no registration fee.  

To join simply go to zoom.us, click on Join Meeting (upper right side) and when it asks for the meeting ID use 718 360 3141  from there just follow the instructions.  The zoom app should automatically install but this only takes a few seconds.   Please go to zoom.us in advance just to make sure you are clear on how it works.  Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Generosity itself is a practice.  I will offer the teaching freely, and give you the opportunity to support my practice as a teacher.   

Support can be offered via PayPal.Me/mindfulnessnyc . Paypal me only works if you have a paypal account, otherwise just go to paypal.com and use my email address: mindfulnessnyc@gmail.com.  The same address can be used with Venmo.

 

 

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Watering the Seeds of Compassion & Forgiveness
Aug
31
to Sep 21

Watering the Seeds of Compassion & Forgiveness

  • New York Insight Meditation Center (map)
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A class for MBSR alumni (others welcome)
Four Thursday evenings  7:00-8:30
New York Insight Meditation Center

One of the powers of mindfulness is that it brings greater awareness of long-held resentments toward ourselves and others. This can become an obstacle to our practice and it is essential that we face resentments and the inner-critic with a heart of forgiveness and compassion. These four sessions for MBSR alumni will give participants an opportunity to check-in and to integrate the seeds of forgiveness and compassion into our daily practice.

Pre-requisites:  MBSR. Insight 101   If you have questions about whether this class is appropriate please ask to contact me.

 

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