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Autumn in New York

Autumn provides all manner of opportunities to practice meditation. At Buddhist Insights we are kickstarting the Fall season with an action-packed meditation schedule including retreats at a biodynamic farm in the Catskills, meditation and chocolate tastings at a chocolate factory in Brooklyn, and a series of day-longs led by visiting monastics. Brighten your mind with compassion at Tibetan Buddhist nun Khenmo Drolma’s subway sessions, and sharpen your insight at Theravada monk Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu’s Mahasi retreats; or just come practice with us in costume at our Halloween special! There’s no shortage of events to participate in, so check out our calendar at www.buddhistinsights.eventbrite.com, or send us an email at RSVP@BUDDHISTINSIGHTS.COM Photo by Bennett Cain

BK Street Retreat

You don’t need to go to a meditation center to do a retreat – the city is full of peaceful places! On August 28th join Bhante Suddhāso and the Buddhist Insights crew on the third edition of this unique retreat experience: meditating in parks, plazas, and subway stations all over New York City! We’ll begin in the morning at McCarren Park in Brooklyn. After that, we’ll roam the city together stopping periodically for periods of group meditation. If you’re joining late, check out @BUDDHISMNYC on TWITTER to find out where we are. Send us an email: RSVP@BUDDHISTINSIGHTS.COM Sign-up on www.buddhistinsights.eventbrite.com Not in NYC? Go meditate outdoors, take a picture and tag #STREETRETREAT on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The best picture will be posted on www.buddhistinsights.com  

Art of Living with Khenmo Drolma

When one enters an art gallery, the mind naturally becomes peaceful: as we spend time in a quiet, spacious environment surrounded by beautiful artwork, our ordinary mental turmoil begins to subside. On Sunday July 31st come to the Rockaway Artist Alliance in Fort Tilden to join Ven. Khenmo Drolma, abbess of Vajra Dakini monastery, for a day-long meditation retreat amidst art from the exhibit Forbidden Fruit: Street Art in a National Parkt and Moma PS1’s Rockaway! special outdoor installation by Katharina Grosse. Khenmo Drolma will lead us on an investigation of the mind and its infinite capacity for compassion, utilizing the time-honored meditation techniques of Tibetan Buddhism. CLICK HERE for more details and to purchase tickets   Directions to STUDIO 7 Gallery in Fort Tilden, NY: Subway: – Take Far Rockaway bound A train to Broad Channel Station – Transfer to the Rockaway Park-Beach 116th St bound shuttle train – Get off at Rockaway Park-Beach 116th Station – Take Q 22 bus (Roxbury bound) or Q 35 (Brooklyn bound) – Get off at Rockaway Point Boulevard & Beach …

Wake Up Call at Riis Park

By BUDDHIST INSIGHTS * Art by SAMANTHA CASOLARI * On Saturday July 16th, join us for our first straight-edge party at Riis Park in collaboration with Rockaway Summer. Begin your day with a double dose of healthy hedonism at the beach!  Let your inner energy burst forth with a magical celebration of summer: charge up your mind with mindfulness meditation and rejuvenate your body with vitalizing yoga, then bring your vivacity out with a dance party on the beach and nourishing snacks. CLICK HERE for more details and to purchase tickets   TICKETS: 1) GET FRESH: $10  One Classic Lemonade with Agave by Lizzmonade Free Unlimited Water Free Meditation, yoga and dance party Free superfood snacks and goodies by Dr. Bronners, Raw Indulgence, and Emmy’s Organics. 2) GET HEALTHY: $20  All included in Get Fresh Meal provided by Lizzmonade. (Choose from:Kale Salad with Grain Mustard Apple Vinaigrette & Raw Veggie Lasagna)  Thank you to our sponsors!

Ajahn Punnadhammo

Ajahn Punnadhammo has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1979 and was ordained in Thailand in the forest tradition of Ajahn Chah (novice ordination Feb. 1991, higher ordination Feb. 1992). Between 1990 and 1995 he was based at Wat Pah Nanachat, Thailand. Punnadhammo is a Canadian, born Michael Dominskyj in Toronto in 1955. He began studying the Dhamma under Kema Ananda, the founder and first teacher at the Arrow River Center.

Brother Phap Hai

Australian by birth, Brother Phap Hai or Dharma Ocean, was ordained as a monk in 1997 and a Dharma teacher in January 2003 by Thich Nhat Hanh. He is the abbott at Deer Park Monastery in Southern California and is an active Dharma teacher who leads retreats, days of mindfulness and talks throughout the western United States, Australia, South America and Asia. He is the author of the book, Nothing To It: Ten Ways to Be at Home with Yourself, published by Parallax Press in Fall 2015. Brother Phap Hai has been the co-chair of the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation since 2011 and feels very moved to have the opportunity to be in contact with so many friends with such depth of practice and generosity. Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh that inspires him: “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.”

Bhante Rahula

Bhante Rahula was born in California in 1948.  After finishing high school, he spent 3 years in the military; following his time in the army, he spent several years as a wandering hippie, traveling through Europe and Asia.  He first encountered Buddhism in Nepal, where he took a month-long meditation course.  Subsequently, he studied Yoga in India, and became ordained as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka in 1975.  He spent a further 11 years studying Dhamma and practicing solitary meditation in Sri Lanka before moving to West Virginia in 1986 to become the vice-abbot of Bhāvanā Society.  Since 2010 he has been traveling around the globe on an indefinite teaching tour. He is the author of several books, including his autobiographies “One Night’s Shelter” and “Traversing the Great Himalayas,” and a number of books on meditation and Dhamma. such as “The Way to Peace and Happiness” and  “Breaking Through the Self Delusion.”

Bhante Saddhasara

Bhante Saddhasara joined the Mahamevnwa Meditation Monastery in Sri Lanka in 2005, became a novice in 2006 under Ven. Kiribatgoda Gnanananda Thero, and after two years of study and practice, attained High Ordination in 2009.  After three more years of study, he had begun to develop a deep understanding of insight and tranquility techniques.  In 2012 he was asked to begin and to organize a meditation center in Tampa, Florida to provide training to all those who wished to learn.  The center was to be non-denominational; anyone of any religion could come and study the practices.  Bhante Saddhasara also offered a Recovery Program for those suffering from addiction; an introductory mindfulness program for children; a prison program; and, throughout Florida and throughout the U.S.A, he also gave lectures and provided mindfulness and meditation teaching, as well as private counseling to adults and to youths of all ages.  Bhante Saddhasara speaks fluent English and very much enjoys the back and forth of his conversations with Americans.

Ayya Sudhamma

Ayya Sudhamma Bhikkhuni is abbess of Charlotte Buddhist Vihara. The first American woman ordained in Sri Lanka, Ayya Sudhamma has been recognized at the United Nations in Bangkok as an “Outstanding Woman in Buddhism.” Born in Charlotte, NC, in 1963, Ayya Sudhamma graduated from New York University’s School of Law and subsequently practiced law in San Francisco. In 1999, Ayya Sudhamma became a sāmaṇerī or female Buddhist novice at the Bhavana Society under the tutelage of Henepola Gunaratana. In early 2003, she traveled to South Asia, where she became the first American-born woman to gain bhikkhuni ordination in the Theravada school in Sri Lanka. In July 2003, she returned to the United States at the invitation of the Carolina Buddhist Vihara in Greenville, South Carolina, as a resident and teacher. In 2013, after spending a year at Santi Forest Monastery she returned to her birth town of Charlotte, North Carolina for the founding of the Charlotte Buddhist Vihara, where she resides as Abbess and Bhikkhuni.

Street Retreat

You don’t need to go to a meditation center to do a retreat – the city is full of open spaces! On July 24th join Bhante Suddhāso and the Buddhist Insights crew on a unique retreat experience: meditating in parks, plazas, and subway stations all over New York City! We’ll begin in the morning at a designated starting point; after that, we’ll roam the city together by public transit, stopping periodically for periods of group meditation. If you’re joining late, check out @BUDDHISMNYC on TWITTER to find out where we are. Send us an email: RSVP@BUDDHISTINSIGHTS.COM Sign-up on www.buddhistinsights.eventbrite.com Not in NYC? Go meditate outdoors, take a picture and tag #STREETRETREAT on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The best picture will be posted on www.buddhistinsights.com