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Engaged Spirituality

  Start 2017 with the right foot and a compassionate heart. In January Buddhist Insights will be launching Engaged Spirituality, a new series of programming featuring workshops, retreats and talks to empower people to be the change they want to see in the world. We will kick off programming with two retreats at the Rockaway Summer House. The Peaceful Revolution, led by Jampa Kunchog an American monk in the Tibetan tradition. Spiritual Activism, led by Kundalini teacher Marika Bethel and Buddhist monk Bhante Suddhaso. FOR MORE INFO & TO REGISTER CLICK HERE      

The Rockaway Summer House

We are proud to present the Rockaway Summer House, a retreat center by the beach in New York City easily reachable via subway train. Starting December 2016 we will offer free meditation retreats and a mix of other wholesome activities and wellness programs. Retreats are residential and the Summer House can accommodate up to 20 overnight guests. DECEMBER 2016 We’re starting out strong with a weekend meditation/study retreat led by Bhante Suddhāso, where you can deepen your insight into causality and its relationship to Buddhist practice; then we’ll welcome in the new year with our 8-day New Year’s Retreat, which will incorporate daily Dharma talks, discussion periods, and private mentoring sessions with our resident monk. COMING UP IN 2017 The new year will bring you many treasures, featuring retreats from Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu, Konin Melissa Cardenas, Jayasara Bhikkhu, and many others. All retreats are offered on a donation basis: there is no minimum donation, and everyone is welcome. Registration is mandatory. 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 Main photo …

Hiking & Meditation Retreat

The Buddha frequently recommended meditating in the wilderness – and for good reason: the peace and serenity of natural environments contributes to the development of concentration. On Saturday November 12th come join Bhante Suddhaso and the Buddhist Insights crew for our second hiking retreat; we’ll be spending the day walking and meditating together in Little Stony Point State Park, near the Cold Spring train station. Little Stony Point State Park is located at a peninsula in the Hudson River, and includes sandy beaches, forest trails, and vantage points with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Make sure to bring plenty of water. You may also wish to bring insect repellent, sunscreen, a sun-hat, and something to sit on (such as a beach towel). This is a “bring your own food” event; if you would also like to bring food for the monk, please notify rsvp@buddhistinsights.com MEETING POINT: 11am at Cold Spring train station. REGISTRATION: www.buddhistinsights.eventbrite.com      

Chocolate and Meditation

Chocolate is well known for its medicinal value, and among Buddhist monastics it is considered medicine rather than food. Even monks and nuns who follow the ancient tradition of not eating dinner will often eat chocolate in the evening, valuing its ability to gently elevate mood and stimulate mental energy prior to meditation. Dark chocolate is seen not as a food, but rather as a medicine with valuable therapeutic properties that can be eaten at any time of day. Join Bhante Suddhāso for an evening of mindful eating, meditation and chocolate tasting at Raaka Chocolate Factory in Red Hook. At this event, you will learn about how the attitude of renunciation aids in developing non-attachment and how this practice varies from tradition to tradition. The evening will include a Dhamma talk, a period of meditation, and chocolate tasting.  Raaka Chocolate is a chocolate factory that uses ethically sourced organic cacao, produced using sustainable agroforestry. Its products are made in small, hand-crafted batches using raw, unroasted cacao, which preserves the richness and complexity of its flavor. To register, please visit www.buddhistinsights.eventbrite.com   …

At the New York Botanical Garden

Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is a Japanese practice that supports physical and mental health through exposure to nature. This is reflected in Japanese Zen, where silent meditation in serene environments is a core element of the practice. On October 15th & 16th, Buddhist monk Bhante Suddhāso, trained in both Zen and in Theravāda meditation, will lead visitors in the practice of sitting and walking meditation among the trees and landscapes of the New York Botanical Garden. This is part of the Kiku Exhibit at NYBG. For more info: CLICK HERE    

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!

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