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Sacred Earth Sangha in Greenwood Cemetery (Brooklyn) – Sat. 7/24

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Date: Saturday, 7/24/2021

Time: 2-5pm ET, meeting at 1:45pm

Location: Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Since its beginning, every session of SES has begun with three honorings: honoring native land, honoring Asian lineages, & honoring ancestors. For the past few months, we have been exploring these three honorings as foundations for sacred earth awakening. In April, we explored honoring the Asian lineages of our practice. In May, we gathered in Central Park to explore honoring Native Land.

What does it mean to honor ancestors? Join us in July as we cultivate relationships with our personal genealogical ancestors as well as practice reflections and meditations that touch the truth of the whole of nature as “all my relations.”

For planning and health purposes, please register in advance as we need you to fill out your travel history and a health declaration form in advance, and manage a potential waitlist.

We look forward to exploring our inner and outer world together with you in nature.

Location:
Greenwood Cemetery Main Entrance at Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, Brooklyn

Meet at 1:45 pm – we will leave the entrance promptly at 2 pm.

Subway: Take the R train to the 25th Street station in Brooklyn. Walk east/uphill one block to our Main Entrance.

Free parking is available within Green-Wood. Please park all vehicles on the right-hand side of the road. Parking on the grass is prohibited.

Additional info: https://www.green-wood.com/visit/

Logistics:
We will remain 6 feet apart in gathering and will wear masks.

Please cancel and request a refund if you have any symptoms listed by the CDC as COVID symptoms. At the event, you will be requested to sign a health declaration form and a waiver.

Maximum participants: 25 people

Cancellation:
Since we have a waitlist, if you don’t plan to attend the event, you must cancel at least 72 hours in advance (by Wednesday, 7/21) so others on the waitlist can have a chance to be notified and attend the event.   We encourage you to be thoughtful of your intention to register and please respect others’ opportunities to practice together.

Please bring:
-Mask
-Water
-Your favorite snacks
-Sitting prop if needed (bench, yoga mat, etc.)
Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15

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.

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

Photo Credit: National Park Services

Date: Saturday, 9/25/2021

Time: 10am-5pm ET

Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve, Queens, NY

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 gathering and will wear masks. To prevent in-person transmission, bandanas and loose face covering are not accepted as masks.


Please cancel and request a refund if you have any symptoms listed by the CDC as COVID symptoms. At the event you will be requested to sign a health declaration form and a waiver.

Maximum participants: 20 people

Please bring:
-Mask
-Water
-Your favorite snacks
-Sitting prop if needed (bench, yoga mat, etc.)

Registration opens in July.

Sat. 10/09/2021: 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 a perfect container for mindfulness practices. We will have lunch by a pond.

The hike will be approximately from 10am – 3:30pm.

After the hike we will also stop by the nearby Jones Farm to pick up farm fresh bakery goods and produce, as well as visit the animals.

Who: Lin Gordon

When: 9:45am-3:30pm, Saturday, October, 9, 2021

Where: Black Rock Forest – Mineral Springs Trail

Length and Elevation: Approximately 3.9 miles, 725 ft elevation – Relatively moderate hike featuring a waterfall. There are sections of ups and downs, please bring hiking poles and wear proper hiking shoes.

Meeting Time: We’ll meet at the trail head at 9:45am. 

Meeting Location: 2-16 Old Mineral Springs Rd, Highland Mills, NY 10930

Carpool: We will send out a carpooling sign up sheet 7 days before the hike. Please register by 10/15 to get on the carpool list.

We aim to start the hike at 10am.

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: 18 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

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

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.”
— Malcom X

Logistics:
For planning and health purposes, please register in advance as we need you to fill out your travel history and a health declaration form in advance, and manage a potential waitlist.

Note on travel: If you have travelled outside the countries or states where you are required to quarantine for 14 days after your return, and you have not completed this quarantine period by the day of the event, please abstain from attending the event. This will help lower the risk of exposure of COVID-19 to the community.

We look forward to exploring our inner and outer world together with you in nature.

Location: Meet at 1:45 pm at Central Park (100th St. and Central Park West)

We will remain 6 feet apart in gathering and will wear masks. To prevent in-person transmission, bandanas and loose face covering are not accepted as masks.


Please cancel and request a refund if you have any symptoms listed by the CDC as COVID symptoms. At the event you will be requested to sign a health declaration form and a waiver.

Maximum participants: 20 people

Please bring:
-Mask
-Water
-Your favorite snacks
-Sitting prop if needed (bench, yoga mat, etc.)

Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15

Past 2021 SES Events:

DateSacred Earth Sangha Dialogues: GuestsRecording
Mon. Mar. 8, 2021 – 7-9pm ESTSensei Kritee Kanko
Mon. Feb. 8, 2021 – 7-9pm ESTRadical Honesty in the Face of Crisis: Brother Man –
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

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 is required.

Past 2021 SES Events:

DateSacred Earth Sangha Dialogues: GuestsRecording
Mon. Mar. 8, 2021 – 7-9pm ESTSensei Kritee Kanko
Mon. Feb. 8, 2021 – 7-9pm ESTRadical Honesty in the Face of Crisis: Brother Man –
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

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.