December 5, 2018
  • Harlem Insight

    Date: December 5, 2018December 5, 2018
    Time: 7:30 pm9:30 pm

    Location: 2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026, USA
    Description:

    The first and third Wednesday of the month from 7:30pm-9pm

    A team of Harlem teachers will offer a period of guided sitting meditation, a walking meditation (including walking outdoors, weather permitting) and a talk and discussion.

    No experience is necessary.

    Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $10 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

January 7, 2019
  • People of Color Sangha

    Date: January 7, 2019January 7, 2019
    Time: 7:00 pm9:00 pm

    Location: New York Insight, 10, 28 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, United States
    Description:

    This sitting group provides instruction in insight meditation and fosters mutual support and understanding among the growing community of people of color who find nourishment and inspiration in the practice.

    Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. For this event all donations are split evenly between the teacher(s) and NYI.

February 18, 2019
  • People of Color Sangha

    Date: February 18, 2019February 18, 2019
    Time: 7:00 pm9:00 pm

    Location: New York Insight, 10, 28 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, United States
    Description:

    This sitting group provides instruction in insight meditation and fosters mutual support and understanding among the growing community of people of color who find nourishment and inspiration in the practice.

    Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. For this event all donations are split evenly between the teacher(s) and NYI.

February 27, 2019
  • CIMC Wednesday Evening Program

    Date: February 27, 2019February 27, 2019
    Time: 6:30 pm8:45 pm

    Location: Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, 331 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Description:

    Registration is not required; this is a drop-in program. All are welcome regardless of ability to pay. Fee: $5-10, plus dana for teachers.

    Wednesday Evening Program schedule
    6:30 – 7:15: Evening Sit
    7:15 – 7:30: Mindful Break
    7:30 – 8:45: Dharma Talk

    You are welcome to attend just the sit, just the talk, or both. Please note that the doors to the meditation hall will be closed at 6:35 for the Evening Sit and at 7:35 for the Dharma Talk. Upcoming Wednesday Evening programs are listed below.

    More info here.

March 1, 2019
  • First Friday People of Color Sangha

    Date: March 1, 2019March 1, 2019
    Time: 6:30 pm8:00 pm

    Location: Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, 331 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Description:

    The POC sangha provides a dedicated practice space at CIMC for those who self-identify as people of color. This affinity group meets one Friday each month and is appropriate for beginners as well as those with meditation experience. Our time together includes a reading by an Affinity Group Leader, formal meditation practice, a Sharing Circle and small groups. Participants are invited to share, if they wish, how the reading resonates with their practice, or to offer other reflections. At the end of our formal practice all are invited to gather in the dining room for a vegetarian Community Potluck and conversation.

    https://cambridgeinsight.org/what-we-offer/affinity-groups/

March 2, 2019
  • Hearing the Call to Embodiment: Exploring the First Foundation — (CIMC Daylong)

    Date: March 2, 2019March 2, 2019
    Time: 10:00 am5:00 pm

    Location: Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, 331 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
    Description:

    "If the body is not cultivated, the mind cannot be cultivated. If the body is cultivated, then the mind can be cultivated." (Majjhima Nikaya 36)

    Can we hear the deep call to embodiment in the teachings, or is our head–centered approach to life inhibiting our deeper understanding of the Buddhadharma? Are we truly aware of the breath or are we just thinking about it? What's the difference?

    The First Foundation of Mindfulness is mindfulness of the body, but many of us in the modern, Western context have a hard time getting out of our heads to "cultivate the body." In this workshop we will explore and practice this First Foundation of Mindfulness and connect more deeply to this key part of the path to liberation.

    This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include specific instructions, guided practice, discussions and time for questions. Everyone is welcome.

    Register here.

March 6, 2019
  • What Gets Left Out?: Issues of Cultural Spiritual Bypassing

    Date: March 6, 2019March 10, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am11:59 pm

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

    Sebene Selassie & Brian Lesage

    What gets left out of our spiritual practice? And why? “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/psychological level, yet a spiritual practice can be used to avoid or “bypass” unresolved collective/cultural issues as well — 
    this is what we are calling cultural spiritual bypassing. We will look at how cultural spiritual bypassing manifests both collectively and individually, especially within some contemporary convert Buddhist traditions . We will use practice, study and discussion to investigate often bypassed explorations including nature, culture, creativity, ritual/devotion, the body and the feminine. We will come together in a multicultural community to explore how to expand our understanding of practice,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.

    Learning Intentions:

    To understand one's location both as an individual (race, class, gender, etc) and as a practitioner (lineages, practices, etc); understand the multiplicity of locations within the Buddhadharma; cultivate an appreciation for, and experience of, various practices including chanting, bowing, and devotional practices; develop an appreciation for the role of the the body, the natural world, and unseen beings/mystery in practice; and cultivate an awareness of power and oppression and how those impact the expressions of the Buddhadharma (especially as related to race, gender, sexuality and class).

    Experience Level:

    Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

     Register Here

June 27, 2019
  • Belonging, Connection & Nature: Coming Home Together

    Date: June 27, 2019July 2, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am11:59 pm

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

    ​Belonging, Connection, and Nature: Coming Home Together
    with Dara Williams, Erin Treat, Sebene Selassie, Solwazi Johnson

    This retreat emerged from the relationship between its teachers as a result of many years of being together in dharma practice, teaching, and spiritual friendship. And this retreat invites the participants into relationship — with themselves, each other, the land, and all beings everywhere without exception​ — ​awakening from the delusion of separation​. Through practice and inquiry​ we will explore belonging​,​ connection and​ ​nature to​ reveal ​what supports us​ in ​coming home to our hearts, coming home to interdependence. Grounded in​ ​foundational Dharma teachings, we​ ​will offer​ ​traditional sitting and walking​ ​instruction​ ​as well as daily opportunities​ ​to practice ​​in wild nature​ ​together. This is a silent retreat​ ​but​ ​we will also engage in inquiry and sharing through ​structured, guided relational practice​ ​as part of the context of the retreat.

    https://www.vallecitos.org/retreats/512/belonging-connection-and-nature-coming-home-together/

July 3, 2019
  • Meditation Retreat for People of Color

    Date: July 3, 2019July 10, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am11:59 pm

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

    ​Meditation Retreat for People of Color

    With Bonnie Duran, Sebene Selassie and Jeff Haozous

    In many traditions, people journey into the wilderness for contemplation and purification. How often do we have the opportunity to connect to our deepest intentions and to experience spiritual renewal? Taking place at 9,000 feet in beautiful meadowland in New Mexico, the Vallecitos People of Color Retreat is designed to offer and support a practical introduction to insight meditation (vipassana). Meditation embodies the essence and wisdom of the teachings of the Buddha and has been the foundation of Buddhist teachings for 2,500 years. It is a simple and direct practice. Meditation is extraordinary in its simplicity, its lack of dogma and, above all, its results. This path to self-awareness can be successfully applied by anyone to their everyday lives. The ancient and profound teachings of interconnectedness and compassion are the foundations of spiritual awareness.

    The retreat is based on the intensive training retreats that are traditionally the heart of Buddhist practice. The daily schedule, conducted in silence, is comprised of group sitting meditation periods alternating with walking meditation outdoors. There are group interviews with the teachers and a daily discourse from the teachings of the Buddha. In addition, there will be opportunities for optional group hikes and mindful movement to allow practitioners to fully experience Vallecitos’s beautiful natural setting, and to support physical joy and ease. Gourmet vegetarian meals add to the special nature of this retreat. To cultivate the meditation process, please note that complete silence is maintained at all times throughout the retreat, except during meditation practice interviews and the talks by the teachers, which may be followed by a communal conversation.

    This retreat continues the ground-breaking tradition established at Vallecitos over the past two decades. People of color come to the mountains, the forest and the river not to conference, network, analyze or plan, but to practice one of the world’s oldest and wisest contemplative traditions. For some, the retreat may be the first extended period of meditation practice and practicing silence. No previous meditation experience is required to participate and the retreat is suitable for individuals at all levels of practice.

    https://www.vallecitos.org/retreats/513/meditation-retreat-for-people-of-color/

September 2, 2019
  • Trusting in the Natural Process of Body, Heart & Mind

    Date: September 2, 2019September 8, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am11:59 pm

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

    Trusting in the Natural Process of Body, Heart & Mind

    With Alexis Santos and Sebene Selassie

    In this retreat, we will have a week to explore cultivating ease and natural awareness. Alexis will be bringing his years of study and practice with Sayadaw U Tejaniya. Sebene will be bringing an orientation to embodied awareness that emphasizes our profound connection to land and nature. There will be periods of formal practice both indoors and on group hikes while allowing for plenty of non–structured periods of personal practice. The retreat will be held largely in silence with opportunities for relational practices towards the end of the week. No prior meditation or dharma experience is necessary.

    https://www.vallecitos.org/retreats/524/trusting-in-the-natural-process-of-body-heart-mind/

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