Author: Lin Wang Gordon

5/22/2021: Awake in the Wild: Daily Nature Meditation Series

Building Momentum through Daily Practice An Online Practice Community My teacher Mark Coleman and my colleagues who graduated from Mark’s Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Teacher training are offering a daily nature meditation series. Mark will be teaching Mondays through Fridays, and my colleagues will be teaching on weekends. Join our Awake in the Wild community to start your day with mindful awareness. These 45-minutes online daily meditations will be a support for all who like to be in nature and feel the support of meditation in community with the support of the natural world. I will be teaching on 5/22 at 10:30am EST. Find out about the schedule and more. Register through AwakeintheWild.com. Photo by: Jordan Wozniak Recordings: 1/23/2021: Amanda Gorman’s Poems and Faith 11/6/2020 Belonging to a Larger Presence

8/6 – 8/15/2021: Inner Outer Nature – Ecodharma Training Retreat – with Johann Robbins and David Loy

Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 – Sunday, August 15, 2021 Location: Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, Jamestown, Colorado Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center is an ideal location for nature meditation retreats. The area is extraordinarily beautiful, pristine and peaceful, with a wide variety of trails, wildflower-covered alpine meadows, creeks, and rocky crags. The mountains, forests and river naturally work to settle the mind, while living and practicing together creates personal connections and mutual support. The Combined Retreat, which includes the Ecodharma Training Retreat and the Silent Meditation Retreat, is for Dharma Leaders and Experienced Practitioners. Part 1: Ecodharma Training Retreat, August 6 – 15, 2021 The ecological crisis is the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. And now it has spawned the Coronavirus. Are you feeling overwhelmed? How does modern dharma help us understand and engage with all of this? New teachings and practices are now emerging in response to the realities of the current situation: ecodharma. This is a ten-day experiential immersion into ecodharma, specifically for dharma teachers, leaders, and committed practitioners. Our sense of …

Sat. 9/25/2021: Tending Grief in Nature

Date: Saturday, 9/25/2021 Time: 10am-5pm ET Location: At a city park – Details TBD Teachers: Peace Twisegye and Lin Wang Gordon In the past year, many lost loved ones due to Covid-19 or other causes.  Yet the pandemic put barriers into holding many rituals that help us process grief, individually and collectively.  Grief, if not attended, could often hold us hostage to life’s uncertainty and losses.  How do we open our heart and continue to let our life energy flow while facing and tending our grief intimately?  How do we establish a sense of connection with our loved ones when their bodies are no longer here? We will spend this day  outdoors to meditate, to free write, to experiment the elements, to share dreams…we will explore nature-based practices, learn and find support and healing forces in nature as we share a space to mourn and grief. This daylong is not limited to those who experience human loss but also animal companions.  No prior meditation experience necessary. COVID protocols: We will remain 6 feet apart in …

Sun. 10/23/2021: Fall Foliage Hike to Black Rock Forest Mineral Springs Trail

“In every walk in Nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir, naturalist Enjoy the magnificent fall foliage in the peaceful beauty of the Hudson Valley with a guided, meditative hike to connect with nature and ourselves. This hike takes us to the Old Mineral Springs trail of the Black Rock Forest. Located west of Route 9W in the town of Cornwall, NY on the west side of the Hudson River, we will explore a forest that has been extensively preserved and researched for a century. In a short 4-mile hike, we will get to explore a varied landscape where waterfalls, streams, ponds, wooded areas intertwined, resulting in a highly diversified and rich habitat for plants and animals. Much of the hike will be observed in silence but we will integrate meditation practices throughout the day — allowing our senses to come alive and our sense of separateness fall away. Turning our attention inward allows us to become receptive to both of our outer and inner experiences. The dynamic outdoor conditions will be …

Sacred Earth Sangha in Central Park – Honoring the Land – Sat. 5/8

Date: Saturday, 5/8/2021 Time: 2-5pm EST Location: Meet at 1:45pm at 100th St., Central Park West Since its beginning, every session of SES has begun with three honorings – honoring native land, honoring Asian lineages, & honoring ancestors. In April, May and June, we are exploring these three honorings and relating them to our commitment to honoring the earth. In April, we explored honoring the Asian lineages of our practice. For May, we will have a special gathering in Central Park to explore Honoring Native Land. What does it mean to honor native land in a city rampant with the destruction and desecration of nature? How do we heed the call of indigenous communities that proclaim that land acknowledgements are not enough? How do we forge a connection to earth that goes beyond ideas of property and ownership to ones of relationship and stewardship? Join us as we use embodied and relational practices to explore these questions and more. “Land is the basis of all independence. Land is the basis of freedom, justice, and equality.”— …

Sacred Earth Sangha: Honoring the Asian Lineage – Mon. 4/12

Date: Monday, 4/12/2021 Time: 7-9pm ET The NYI Sacred Earth Sangha is a community formed around deep practice and conscious engagement of the challenges of the climate crisis. The Sacred Earth Sangha is dedicated to meeting our current global challenges by cultivating a sacred relationship to Earth and all her beings – to honoring life. What does it mean to honor? Since its beginning, every session of SES has begun with three honorings – honoring native land, honoring Asian lineages, & honoring ancestors. For our next few meetings, we will be exploring these three honorings and relating them to our commitment to honoring the earth. In April, we begin with honoring of Asian lineages. In the face of continuing violence towards AAPI people, we will explore the often extractive ways western convert Buddhism has approached Asian dharma practices and how, instead, we can cultivate a wise relationship to lineage and community – one that honors the Asian heritage of these teachings and the lands from which they come. All are welcome. No previous meditation experience …

Sacred Earth Sangha Speaker Series: The Promise and Power of Faith-Led Environmental Movements with Dekila Chungyalpa – 1/11/2021

Join us for a rare evening to learn from acclaimed climate activist, Dekila Chungyalpa, on her breadth and depth of knowledge from the frontline of the climate crisis. Together we will explore our relationship with eco-anxiety and grief, discuss how racial injustice is at the core of the climate crisis, and learn how we can embody compassion as we engage our activism. As the director of the acclaimed conservation program of Sacred Earth at the World Wildlife Fund, Dekila Chungyalpa was charged to work with faith leaders from all around the globe such as those in Amazon, East Africa, Indonesia. For 5 years, she was to work with four very different groups: Evangelicals, Catholics, Southern Baptists, and Tibetan Buddhists. It is through this work that Dekila realized one of the blindspots in the conversation community is the enormous influence of faith leaders around the globe. She then founded the Loka (the Sanskirt word for one or many worlds) Initiative, a new interdisciplinary collaboration program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison dedicated to environmental protection, sustainable development, …

Sacred Earth Sangha Speaker Series: Thanissara – Being a Sacred Warrior: Lessons from Standing Rock – 12/14

The Sacred Earth Sangha at New York Insight Meditation Center is a community formed around deep practice and conscious engagement of the challenges of the climate crisis. Please join hosts Sebene Selassie, Lin Wang Gordon and Jon Aaron, as we invite monthly guest speakers and teachers to explore together what it means to meet our current reality with kindness and clarity, compassion and wisdom. Registration through the event link. Date Speaker Recording Mon. Dec. 14, 2020, 7-8:30pm EST An Evening with Thanissara – RegisterBeing a Sacred Warrior: Lessons from Standing Rock Mon. Jan. 11, 2021, 7-8:30pm EST Dekila Chungyalpa

Sacred Earth Sangha: Meet Up in Central Park – Sun. 10/12/2020, 10am-1pm

Sacred Earth Sangha at New York Insight Meditation Center For the October Sacred Earth Sangha meeting, join us in Central Park to immerse in nature practices to connect with the outdoor environment and your senses. From focusing on a single leaf to the expansive sky, our sense of separateness falls away when we turn our attention toward our experiences intimately. We will practice from 10am-12pm, then share lunch together as a community. For planning purposes, please register in advance so we know to expect you. The event will meet rain or shine. However, in case of cancellation due to particular weather conditions, we will send an email notification at least 24 hours in advance. We look forward to exploring our inner and outer world together with you in nature. Location: Central Park (100th St. and Central Park West)We will remain 6 feet apart in gathering and will wear masks. Please cancel and request a refund if you experience any symptoms listed by the CDC as Covid symptoms. You will be requested to sign a health …

Sun. 9/27/2020: Fall Foliage Hike to Hook Mountain, Rockland Lake State Park (on the Long Path)

“In every walk in Nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir, naturalist Enjoy a fall day in the peaceful beauty of the Hudson Valley with a guided, meditative hike to connect with nature and ourselves. This hike takes the scenic route along the Long Path—into the Rockland Lake State Park and up Hook Mountain. Enjoy expansive vistas only 1.5 hours outside of the city, and an extraordinary space designated by the New York Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area. Much of the hike will be observed in silence but we will integrate meditation practices throughout the day — allowing our senses to come alive and our sense of separateness fall away. Turning our attention inward allows us to become receptive to both of our outer and inner experiences. The dynamic outdoor conditions will be a perfect container for mindfulness practices. The hike will be approximately from 10am – 3pm. Who: Lin Gordon When: 9:45am-3pm, Sunday, September 27, 2020 Where: Rockland Lake State Park, South Entrance on Route 9W and Lake Road, Valley Cottage, …