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Sacred Earth Sangha Dialogues: Radical Honesty in the Face of Crisis – Mon. 2/8 with Brother Man

Hosted by the Sacred Earth Sangha.

Brother Man (Man translated from Vietnamese means “Fulfillment”) is a monastic ordained in the Plum Village tradition who has branched out from the traditional monastery setting, seeking to engage in community activism around the global climate crisis. This evening, Brother Man will share with us his extraordinary journey and the path of activism he has embraced in New York City for this past year and a half.

The NYI Sacred Earth Sangha 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.

DateSacred Earth Sangha Dialogues: GuestsRecording
Mon. Mar. 8, 2021 – 7-9pm ESTSensei Kritee Kanko – Registration opens soon
Mon. Feb. 8, 2021 – 7-9pm ESTRadical Honesty in the Face of Crisis: Brother Man – Register
Mon. Jan. 11, 2021, 7-8:30pm ESTThe Promise and Power of Faith-Led Environmental Movements with Dekila Chungyalpa
Mon. Dec. 14, 2020, 7-8:30pm ESTAn Evening with Thanissara – Being a Sacred Warrior: Lessons from Standing RockRecording

Awake in the Wild: Daily Nature Meditation Series – 3/21/2021

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 3/21 and 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

Climate Resilience: Transforming Difficult Emotions into Compassion and Wisdom – Sat. 4/10/2021

Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021

Time: 10am – 1pm EST

“Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us.”

― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

Overwhelming by the devastation and destruction of life all around the globe and worry about what is yet to come? Do you feel guilt and shame that you’re not doing enough? Do you find yourself either want to move into actions with rage or do you feel grief and powerless and just want to give up on taking any actions?

Grief, anxiety, anger, despair are normal emotions as the impact of climate change become more evident and frequent in our life. How do we be with these difficult emotions and stay grounded while absorbing the implications of these events? How do we transform grief, anxiety, anger, despair into love, courage, compassion, and equanimity, so we can sustain our engagement without burning out or tuning out? How do we feel empowered in our response?

In this workshop, we will explore tools and resources that can help us stay with difficult emotions, and process them individually and collectively. This is not a workshop about what actions we need to take, but rather how we want to ground ourselves so that whatever actions we want to take, they will be rooted in compassion, wisdom and equanimity. We’ll find that personal transformation and collective transformation are intricately linked, and that when we work on one, it will inevitably impact the other.

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 separation from nature is at the root of the ecological crises our civilization faces, and ecodharma is a path of deconstructing that separation, reuniting our inner nature with outer nature. Ecodharma practice is about healing our relationship with the rest of the natural world, so that an appropriate and authentic response can arise, which unifies our personal and spiritual transformation with social engagement. In this time of pandemic, and ecological and social crisis, the earth calls upon us to do what we can in response.

In the first few days we will connect deeply with the natural world, grounding ourselves in the joys of being and practicing outside, while building a supportive but safe sangha. Then we will begin to explore the dark side of our relationship with nature: the grief, fear, anger, and guilt we feel while watching the earth’s climate and ecosystems deteriorate, along with increasing social, economic and political unraveling. Together we will touch into eco-trauma and eco-grief, including the trauma and grief of the pandemic; working with them while supported by deepening nature practice and sangha relationships. Then, after detailed preparation, there will be a two and a half day/two-night solo, in which solitude and silence increase our individual capacity to see, hear, and feel the connections between our inner and outer nature. Afterwards we gather together again for integration and finding our ways forward.

This training retreat is not about teaching or learning a prescribed method, and a lot of the program and forms are experimental and flexible. Both individually and collectively, we will respond appropriately to the situation at the time we gather. Our goal is to support and catalyze deep personal learning that you can apply to your own dharma leadership and teaching, in order to develop ecodharma in your own way. The uniqueness and authenticity of our own experience shapes how each of us practices, leads and teaches dharma, and this training will incorporate into that process as well. Our hope is that this experience informs, motivates, and empowers you to bring ecodharma into your dharma and your life.

The daily schedule will include instruction and practice in both sitting and walking meditation in nature, Q&A, discussion and sharing, a dharma talk, individual one-to-one meetings with the teachers, and open practice time as well. The intention is to co-create an ecodharma lab, where we are all experientially learning together and discovering the best ways to do this crucial work.

There will be a one day solo on Sunday, August 15th.

If you would like to do a longer retreat, you can stay for a silent retreat for the second week. Find more detail on RMERC.

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, and global health issues. Its mission is to support faith-led environmental and climate efforts locally and around the world by helping build capacity of faith leaders and culture keepers of indigenous traditions. She also has been teaching climate disaster preparedness to monasteries in Nepal. And her education efforts on climate resilience have proved to be helpful and critical in unexpected events.

Born into a well known Buddhist family, Dekila’s journey is fascinating. Her mother was the first woman to complete a three-year retreat in her tradition. She’s the environmental adviser to His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.

The NYI Sacred Earth Sangha 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.

DateSpeakerRecording
Mon. Mar. 8, 2021 – 7-8:30pm ESTSensei Kritee Kanko – Registration opens soon
Mon. Feb. 8, 2021 – 7-8:30pm ESTBrother Mann- Registration opens soon
Mon. Jan. 11, 2021, 7-8:30pm ESTThe Promise and Power of Faith-Led Environmental Movements with Dekila Chungyalpa
Register
Mon. Dec. 14, 2020, 7-8:30pm ESTAn Evening with Thanissara – Being a Sacred Warrior: Lessons from Standing RockRecording

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.

DateSpeakerRecording
Mon. Dec. 14, 2020, 7-8:30pm ESTAn Evening with Thanissara – Register
Being a Sacred Warrior: Lessons from Standing Rock
Mon. Jan. 11, 2021, 7-8:30pm ESTDekila 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 declaration form and a waiver.

Maximum participants: 20 people

Please bring:
-Mask (Bandana and loose face coverings are ineffective in preventing in-person transmissions. Please wear a regular mask to care for the community).
-Water
-A brown bag lunch
-Sitting prop if needed (bench, yoga mat, etc.)

Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15.

Register through NYIMC.

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, NY, 10989. (Use “753 Route 9W” for Rockland Roots GPS. The park entrance should be one block ahead). It’s parking field #4. There is a picnic table under a big tree near the toll booth of the parking lot. 

Length and Elevation: Approximately 5.8 miles, 698 ft elevation – Relatively moderate hike, but there are sections of ups and downs, pls bring hiking poles and wear proper hiking shoes.

Meeting Time: We’ll meet a picnic table right next to the park lot at 9:45am.  Restrooms will be available.

Drivers: Expect an $8 parking fee. Arrive by 9:45 a.m. and drive into the Rockland Lake State Park, South Entrance on Route 9W and Lake Road, Valley Cottage, NY. (299 Lake Rd. Valley Cottage, NY, 10989).  There is another parking lot about a mile further north on Route 9W (parking lot #2).  Please make sure you’re at parking lot #4.  South Entrance parking lot is an open space with a lots of picnic tables and a large building complex.

Carpool: We will send out a carpooling sign up sheet 7 days before the hike. Please register by 9/20 to be on the carpool list.

We aim to start the hike at 10am and will walk to the trailhead together from the parking lot.

COVID-19 Protocols: We will remain 6 feet apart when hiking. When we gather for discussion, we will wear a mask. Please cancel and request a refund if you have any symptoms listed by the CDC as Covid symptoms. You will be requested to sign a health declaration form and a waiver.

Maximum enrollment: 16 people

Registration Fee: Sliding scale from $30 – $80. Registration opens soon through New York Insight.

No prior meditation experience needed.

Bring

Wear

  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Comfortable athletic clothing in layers so you can adjust accordingly – (cottons are discouraged)
  • Wool socks (if possible)
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Mon. 9/14/2020, 7pm: Sacred Earth Sangha – Climate, A New Story – Featuring Charles Eisenstein

Sacred Earth Sangha at New York Insight Meditation Center

Meets 2nd Monday evening of every month

Join us for an online book club exploring the latest book by Charles Eisenstein, Climate: A New Story which you can read online for a donation here.

Charles Eisenstein will be joining us at this final meeting on the book “Climate, A New Story.” Please feel free to join us for practice and discussion even if you have not completed the reading.

We will still have time during our gathering for meditation, small group checkins and plenty of discussion. More info about the book below as well as Zoom Guidelines for our meetings.

We look forward to post quarantine where we will be gather outdoors for safe and profound practices in nature.

Climate — A New Story
Flipping the script on climate change, Eisenstein makes a case for a wholesale reimagining of the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction
Read the book online for free here

Zoom Guidelines:
Please use your video and show your face. Using video allows us to connect fully.
Please join from a computer or tablet. Since we will be using video, it will be easier to participate form a computer rather than a phone.
Please come only if you can be fully present. Our practice is about intention and attention.

Teacher Schedule:
Monday, September 14th – Featuring Charles Eisenstein, moderated by Sebene Selassie, Lin Gordon, Jon Aaron

Available online by Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/170106838

Or, dial by your location
+16465588656,,170106838# US (New York)

Meeting ID: 170 106 838
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aeGCOAr8uX

Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15.

Register through NYIMC.

Sacred Earth Sangha: Talks and Guided Meditation

Sacred Earth Sangha at New York Insight Meditation Center

Meets 2nd Monday evening of every month

Currently, our world is a hot mess both ecologically and politically. We can react to our planetary crisis with fear and aversion playing out the same old patterns of separation and domination (right and wrong, us vs them, rational solutions for unfathomably complex problems). Or we can respond with intimacy and imagination, exploring with compassion and wisdom new ways of being. Join New York Insight’s Sacred Earth Sangha (SES) in 2020 as we explore what it means to meet our current reality with kindness and clarity, compassion and wisdom. We will make space for individual and collective grief and joy — becoming intimate with our experiences. We will also explore the imaginal — looking at the innovative and beautiful responses of humans and non-humans to our global challenges.

Here are the recordings from the past meetings:

DateTitleTeachers
9/14/2020Discuss “Climate: A New Story” with Charles EisensteinSebene Selassie, Lin Gordon, Jon Aaron
3/9/2020Eightfold Path: Wise Speech – Part I (coming soon)Lin Gordon, Jon Aaron
2/20/2020Eightfold Path: Wise Intention – Dharma TalkLin Gordon, Jon Aaron
1/13/2020Eightfold Path: Wise View – Dharma Talk

Eightfold Path: Wise View – Guided Meditation

Wise View – Group Reflection
Sebene Selassie, Lin Gordon
12/9/2019Four Elements: Air/Wind (Coming Soon)Lin Gordon, Jon Aaron
11/11/2019Four Elements: Fire – Dharma Talk

Guide Meditation: Fire Element
Sebene Selassie, Jon Aaron, and Lin Gordon
10/14/2019Four Elements: Water

Guided Meditation: Water Element
Sebene Selassie