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July 6, 2018
  • TBIF: Imagining the Buddha: Exploring Issues of Cultural Spiritual Bypassing

    Date: July 6, 2018July 6, 2018
    Time: 7:00 pm9:00 pm

    Location: New York Insight Meditation Center, 10th, 28 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
    Description:

    with Sebene Selassie and Brian Lesage

    Please join us for this evening talk exploring issues of cultural and spiritual bypassing with the experienced and captivating teachers, Sebene Selassie and Brian Lesage.

    How how have our cultural orientations influenced how we imagine the Buddha? What have we inadvertently bypassed in the process?

    Spiritual bypassing is described by John Welwood as using spiritual practice to avoid addressing psychological wounds and unresolved personal issues. This is usually addressed only on the individual level, yet a spiritual practice can be used to avoid or “bypass” unresolved cultural issues as well, which we are calling cultural spiritual bypassing. In this daylong we will explore some commonly bypassed issues such as racism, social justice, and identity politics.

    We will be exploring what it means to be a cultural being among other cultural beings, including looking at how cultural spiritual bypassing manifests both collectively and individually, particularly within spiritual communities. This exploration will be situated in the context of how the Buddha of early Buddhism addressed cultural forms of oppression in teachings on ethics, view, intention, and the five aggregates.

    All are welcome and encouraged to attend this Friday evening program, which will introduce the Saturday daylong exploration.

    https://www.nyimc.org/calendar-events/tbif-imagining-the-buddha/

July 7, 2018
  • The Buddhist Teachings and Issues of Cultural Spiritual Bypassing

    Date: July 7, 2018July 7, 2018
    Time: 10:00 am5:00 pm

    Location: New York Insight Meditation Center, 10th, 28 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
    Description:

    with Sebene Selassie and Brian Lesage

    Spiritual bypassing is described by John Welwood as using spiritual practice to avoid addressing psychological wounds and unresolved personal issues. This is usually addressed only on the individual level, yet a spiritual practice can be used to avoid or “bypass” unresolved cultural issues as well, which we are calling cultural spiritual bypassing. In this daylong we will explore some commonly bypassed issues such as racism, social justice, and identity politics.

    We will be exploring what it means to be a cultural being among other cultural beings, including looking at how cultural spiritual bypassing manifests both collectively and individually, particularly within spiritual communities. This exploration will be situated in the context of how the Buddha of early Buddhism addressed cultural forms of oppression in teachings on ethics, view, intention, and the five aggregates.

    This daylong will include lecture, images, reflection, discussion and meditation practice. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the Friday evening program which will introduce this exploration.

    https://www.nyimc.org/calendar-events/cultural-spiritual-bypassing/

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
    Description:

    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

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
    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.

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
    Description:

    IMCW Fall Retreat
    with Jonathan Faust, Ruth King, Pat Coffey, 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.

 

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