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September 17, 2018
  • People of Color Sangha

    Date: September 17, 2018September 17, 2018
    Time: 7:00 pm9:00 pm

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

    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.

October 2, 2018
  • Mindful Sex: Please and Consent in the Era of #MeToo

    Date: October 2, 2018October 2, 2018
    Time: 6:30 pm8:30 pm

    Location: Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012, USA

    Lama Rod Owens, Sebene Selassie Lama Justin von Bujdoss, Reka Prasad (moderator)

    Join MindfulNYU for a long overdue and timely discussion on mindfulness and sex. Movements such as #metoo have asked us to re-examine how we approach pleasure and consent in our sexual encounters and relationships. Hierarchies in power, shame and silence have led to distorted and at times, unsafe views and behavior. Our brilliant teachers will address how mindfulness may guide us to a world where sexual enjoyment and mutual respect can lead to greater satisfaction and connection.

    Register here.

October 5, 2018
  • IMCW Fall Retreat

    Date: October 5, 2018October 12, 2018
    Time: 12:00 am11:59 pm

    Location: Pearlstone Conference & Retreat Center, 5425 Mt Gilead Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136, USA

    IMCW Fall Retreat
    with Tara Brach, Jonathan Faust, Ruth King, Sebene Selassie

    Vipassana, or Buddhist meditation, is a way of opening to life and seeing clearly the totality of one’s being and experience. The practice is based on cultivating a present-centered mindfulness, leading to an unfolding of our natural wisdom and compassion. 

    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.

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

    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


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