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Contemplative Care SymposiumDate: November 8, 2018—November 11, 2018Time: 12:00 am—11:59 pm
Location: Garrison Institute, 14 Mary's Way, Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524, USADescription:
Featuring thought leaders in health and spiritual care and groundbreaking community organizers, this singular event offers an exceptional opportunity to learn from and connect with individuals who are at the forefront of healthcare innovation.
Through keynote addresses, experiential learning, workshops, and conversation, you will gain insight into best practices and developing expertise. You will learn new ways to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing and increasingly strained healthcare system, sharpen your caregiving skills, find equilibrium, and stay resilient. Through this work you will contribute to the evolution of effective relationship-centered care.
Keynote speakers include Amy Berman, Dr. Ira Byock, Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell, Jasmine Hill, Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, Frank Ostaseski, and Sebene Selassie.
Harlem InsightDate: December 5, 2018—December 5, 2018Time: 7:30 pm—9:30 pm
Location: 2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026, USADescription:
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.
What Gets Left Out?: Issues of Cultural Spiritual BypassingDate: March 6, 2019—March 10, 2019Time: 12:00 am—11:59 pm
Location: Barre Center For Buddhist Studies, 149 Lockwood Rd, Barre, MA 01005, USADescription:
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.
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).
Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.