Intimacy with Life: IMCW Fall Retreat
Nov
1
to Nov 8

Intimacy with Life: IMCW Fall Retreat

  • Pearlstone Retreat Center (map)
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with Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, Ruth King

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.

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

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Sacred Earth Sangha
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Sacred Earth Sangha

with Lin Gordon

NYI has relaunched the Eco Sangha as the new “Sacred Earth Sangha.” Evening gatherings on the second Monday of each month will be co-led by rotating NYI teachers, Sebene Selassie, Lin Gordon, and Jon Aaron.
We invite all of our Dharma friends to come together as a community and co-create this new sangha around deep practice and conscious engagement of the challenges of this global emergency.

All are welcome. No previous meditation experience is required.

Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15


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We Are Nature: Remembering Our Sacred Connection to Earth (Daylong)
Nov
23
10:00 AM10:00

We Are Nature: Remembering Our Sacred Connection to Earth (Daylong)

with DaRa Williams and Lin Gordon

Many of us speak of nature as if it is something external, having nothing to do with us except when we “visit it”. Nature is “out there” or in “the wilderness.” Dharma, which is often referred to as truth or teachings, can be translated as nature. Dharma as nature is everywhere, in and around us. Whether we are aware of it or not, We are always in connection to this truth, that we are this sacred earth.

In this daylong program, we will take time to reconnect to our bodies, hearts and minds remembering that we are nature. Centering land and ancestors, we will cultivate meditative awareness to sense the sacred connection to earth that is always present when we open to it. We will explore how this understanding can support us in our lives, in relationship/connection, our work, and especially in our response to our current planetary crisis. We will use the elements (earth, fire, water, air), movement, music, poetry and relational practices to support healing our wounds of separation.

Drawing on the indigenous wisdom of the Buddhadharma as well as from other traditions, participants will be invited to share their innate and ancestral ways of knowing the truth of our undeniable interconnection.

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People of Color Sangha
Dec
2
7:00 PM19:00

People of Color Sangha

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 of meditation.

No previous meditation experience is required.

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 shared between the teacher(s) and NYI.


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Embodying Love & Liberation: Taking Refuge in Silence and Stillness (Retreat)
Mar
11
to Mar 15

Embodying Love & Liberation: Taking Refuge in Silence and Stillness (Retreat)

with JoAnna Hardy

 Registration link coming soon!

As changemakers (artists, activists, educators, healers, caregivers, parents, or anyone who seeks love & liberation for all beings without exception), we can sometimes neglect our own care in service of the collective. Except we can’t, because all change starts from within. Or, as bell hooks said: If you’re f’ed up and you lead the revolution, you’re going to have an f’ed up revolution. We must first embody freedom in ourselves.

In this 4–night silent Insight Meditation retreat, we will explore the Buddha’s teachings of 

Wisdom and Compassion as pathways for love & liberation. The retreat will offer a nurturing container for practice and will include daily instructions, talks and meditation (sitting, walking, standing and lying down). The schedule is designed to allow you to delve deeply into the silence and stillness. As you care for your inner freedom, you can better serve the collective freedom. 

We are committed to making this retreat accessible to different needs and abilities to the best of our capacities.

Teacher compensation is not included in the price of the retreat. There will be an opportunity to offer dana/support for the teachers at the end. Please note that Menla has generously reduced their fees for this retreat and it may still be unaffordable to some. If you are able to pay more to help offset costs for others, please consider making that contribution as a practice of generosity.


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True Belonging: Reconnecting to Ourselves and Each Other (Daylong)
May
2
10:00 AM10:00

True Belonging: Reconnecting to Ourselves and Each Other (Daylong)

True belonging--a sense of connection, freedom, and joy--is possible in any moment, in any circumstance, for anyone. However, true belonging is not a destination; it is the process of continually reconnecting to the present moment, including everything happening in our lives and in our world.

Join us for this day-long program where we will use meditation, contemplation and relational practices to explore reconnecting to ourselves and each other. Beginning by going inwards, we will establish a sense of stillness and belonging to ourselves. Connecting to the environment around us, we will create a sense of belonging to nature. And using guided relational exercises, we will cultivate a feeling of belonging to each other. Most of the day will be held in silence. Please bring a pen and journal or something with which to write.

This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Everyone is welcome.

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Finding Freedom in Nature: A Retreat for People of Color
May
31
to Jun 7

Finding Freedom in Nature: A Retreat for People of Color

  • Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center (map)
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with La Sarmiento and Yong Oh

APPLICATION TO COME

The teachings of the Buddha connect us to our own true nature which is freedom. We are nature wherever we go — whether we live in the heart of a large bustling city or in a rural environment — but many people of color in this country are often the most removed from land that is not ravaged by colonization. This retreat offers us an opportunity to experience the liberating power of retreat in the beauty of pristine nature. We will spend the week together in this magnificent wilderness in periods of formal practice both indoors and on group hikes. The retreat will be held largely in silence with opportunities for check-ins and questions. No prior meditation or dharma experience is necessary.

Please note, this retreat has an application process to allow for diversity in practice experience, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Vallecitos is not accessible to those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues. The center is located at 9,000 feet and is not conducive to those with compromised health.


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Belonging, Connection, and Nature: Coming Home Together (Retreat)
Jun
8
to Jun 13

Belonging, Connection, and Nature: Coming Home Together (Retreat)

  • Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

with Erin Treat and Solwazi Johnson

REGISTRATION TO COME

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.


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What Gets Left Out? Expanding Practice, Community, and Freedom (Residential Course)
Jul
22
to Jul 26

What Gets Left Out? Expanding Practice, Community, and Freedom (Residential Course)

  • Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (map)
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with Brian Lesage

Buddhist traditions are vast. Even within a single tradition, such as Theravāda, there is a wide range of practices. Why don't we practice them? In this course, we will investigate some of the cultural frameworks (including patriarchy, colonialism and norms of modernity) that we bring to our study and practice of Buddhism and how these frameworks shape what is included and what gets left out. Exploring these frameworks can help us understand the prevalence of contemporary practices that emphasize individuality, autonomy, and rationality. Having this understanding can open a space to explore practices that explicitly engage nature, ritual, devotion, the body, the feminine, and identity. Together we will investigate the ways in which our own practice is constrained and can turn us away from addressing questions of identity and social location. We will experiment with practices that liberate us from our constraints and 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 particular experiences.

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).

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

Noble silence will be observed following the evening session through breakfast the following morning.

Experience Level:

Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

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What Gets Left Out? Expanding Practice, Community and Freedom
Dec
5
to Dec 6

What Gets Left Out? Expanding Practice, Community and Freedom

  • Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (map)
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with Brian Lesage

Buddhist traditions are vast. Even within a single tradition, such as Theravāda, there is a wide range of practices. Why don't we practice them?

In this course, we will investigate some of the cultural frameworks (including patriarchy, colonialism and norms of modernity) that we bring to our study and practice of Buddhism and how they shape what is included and what gets left out. Exploring these frameworks can help us understand the prevalence of contemporary practices that emphasize individuality, autonomy and rationality. Having this understanding can open a space for us to explore practices that explicitly engage nature, ritual, devotion, the body, the feminine and identity.

Together we will investigate the ways in which our own practice is constrained and can turn us away from addressing questions of identity and social location. We will experiment with practices that liberate us from our constraints and 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 particular experiences.

This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators. Some familiarity with Insight Meditation is the only prerequisite for this workshop.

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Sacred Earth Sangha
Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

Sacred Earth Sangha

with Jon Aaron

NYI has relaunched the Eco Sangha as the new “Sacred Earth Sangha.” Evening gatherings on the second Monday of each month will be co-led by rotating NYI teachers, Sebene Selassie, Lin Gordon, and Jon Aaron.

We invite all of our Dharma friends to come together as a community and co-create this new sangha around deep practice and conscious engagement of the challenges of this global emergency.

All are welcome. No previous meditation experience is required.

Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15


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Trusting in the Natural Process of Body, Heart & Mind
Sep
2
to Sep 8

Trusting in the Natural Process of Body, Heart & Mind

  • Vallecitos Mountain Ranch (map)
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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.

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Meditation Retreat for People of Color
Jul
3
to Jul 10

Meditation Retreat for People of Color

  • Vallecitos Mountain Ranch (map)
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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.

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Belonging, Connection & Nature Retreat
Jun
27
to Jul 2

Belonging, Connection & Nature Retreat

  • Vallecitos Mountain Ranch (map)
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With Dara Williams, Erin Treat, Sebene Selassie, and 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.

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People of Color Sangha
Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

People of Color Sangha

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.

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Race, Unconscious Bias & Mindfulness
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Race, Unconscious Bias & Mindfulness

Race is both a construct of pseudoscience and a lived social reality that leads to great inequities and injustices. 

While conscious racism is no longer accepted by most in our society, unconscious bias is less easy to see and understand. 

In this evening session we will explore how mindfulness and the Buddhadharma can help us bring awareness and clarity to the constructs & biases around race that exist in society and within each of us (either as external racism or as internalized oppression), so that we can live with more love, wisdom and compassion.

https://www.nyimc.org/event/race-unconscious-bias-mindfulness/

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