October 13, 2017
  • IMCW Fall Retreat

    Date: October 13, 2017October 20, 2017
    Time: 12:00 am11:59 pm

    Location: Pearlstone Retreat Center, 5425 Mount Gilead Road, Reisterstown, MD, United States

    Pat Coffey, Jonathan Foust, La Sarmiento and Sebene Selassie

    The focus of this retreat is to enhance intimacy with ourselves and the world. In order to help participants discover a sense of stillness and deep listening, silence will be maintained throughout the retreat except during question/answer periods and interviews with the teachers. In addition to sitting and walking meditation practice, there will be sessions of mindful movement led each day by Jonathan Foust.

    This is a silent meditation retreat held in noble silence; it is not an interactive workshop.

    Register Here

November 4, 2017
  • Reclamation of Heart in Our Times of Dismemberment: From the Four Truths to the Four Bodhisattva Vows

    Date: November 4, 2017November 4, 2017
    Time: 10:00 am5:00 pm

    Location: New York Insight Meditation Center, 28 West 27th Street, 10th Fl, New York, NY 10001, USA

    Thanissara & Sebene

    Within the Four Truths is the potential of the Four Bodhisattva Vows. Together, as a teaching frame, they offer a powerful template to guide our personal practice as it intersects with the collective challenge of our times.

    In the journey of awakening, initiation into the timeless Dharma is often accessed through a process of deconstruction of self and a direct meeting of dukkha, suffering, or our unacknowledged shadow. In the same way, the experience of our collective self in these times of intensity, is of daily dismemberment while being plunged into a confrontation with an overwhelming assault from our accumulated, collective shadow.

    However, rather that caving in, such intensity can fuel our practice with a necessary sense of urgency. It has the potential to energize, not only external acts that protect the Earth, her species, and each other, but more fundamentally, the necessity of embodying the innate freedom, clarity, and loving power of our authentic, intuitive heart, our wise, discerning mind, and our fully embodied innate intelligence.

    This day long retreat, with Dharma talks, inquiry, meditative process, and use of ceremony, will explore these themes. We hope you can join us!

November 11, 2017
  • Fresh-ish Off The Boat: A Mindfulness Daylong for Immigrant and First Generation People of Color

    Date: November 11, 2017November 11, 2017
    Time: 9:30 am5:00 pm

    Location: IMCW at Crossings Center for Healing Traditions, (8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 300, Silver Spring, MD, 20910)

    La Sarmiento & Sebene Selassie

    As immigrant and first generation people of color, our sense of belonging is often split between two worlds as we honor and respect where we’ve come from as well as navigate a new life and culture in the US. The Buddhadharma can offer us a way to come home to ourselves with compassion and understanding for the complexities of our lives.

    This daylong is an opportunity for reflection, practice, and dialogue around what it means to be an immigrant or first generation person of color awakening through teachings and practices rooted in ancient wisdom traditions. The day will include time for guided mindfulness and heart meditations, movement, relational practices, and community building.

    Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome!

    Register Here

March 16, 2018
  • Mindfulness Program

    Date: March 16, 2018March 18, 2018
    Time: 12:00 am11:59 pm

    Location: Kripalu Center For Yoga & Health, 57 Interlaken Rd, Stockbridge, MA 01262, USA

    More info soon!!

June 9, 2018
  • Belonging, Connection & Nature: Coming Home Together

    Date: June 9, 2018June 14, 2018
    Time: 12:00 am11:59 pm

    Location: Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, Forest Rd 91B, Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575, USA

    More info soon!!

July 11, 2018
  • Buddha’s Teachings and Issues of Cultural Spiritual Bypassing

    Date: July 11, 2018July 15, 2018
    Time: 12:00 am11:59 pm

    Location: Barre Center For Buddhist Studies, 149 Lockwood Rd, Barre, MA 01005, USA

    Sebene Selassie & Brian Lesage

    “Premature transcendence” or spiritual bypassing has been described by John Welwood as unskillfully using a spiritual practice to avoid addressing psychological wounds and unresolved personal issues. This is usually discussed only on the personal level, yet a spiritual practice can be used to avoid or “bypass” unresolved cultural issues as well — what we are calling cultural spiritual bypassing. This course will examine and find ways to address this common dynamic of bypassing unresolved cultural issues including racism, social injustice, and "identity politics." We’ll do this through gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to be a cultural being among other cultural beings which will include how cultural spiritual bypassing manifests both collectively and individually; especially within spiritual communities. This exploration will be situated in the context of how the Buddha of early Buddhism addressed cultural forms of oppression and in teachings on view, intention, ethics, and the five aggregates. We will come together in a multicultural community to create some understanding of how to expand our individual and collective compassion, community, and freedom. There will also be time for affinity groups where people of color and white people can explore and investigate their experiences of these issues in safety.

    Register Here

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