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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

Free Meditation in New York

This summer Buddhist Insights is bringing meditation outdoors with an exciting roster of events to pick from. Whether it’s morning sittings on the beach, group practice at Pioneer Works, street retreats, or contemplating death at Green-Wood Cemetery, we’ve got you covered. To see our calendar of events check out www.buddhistinsights.eventbrite.com Want to be added to our mailing list? Send us an email: RSVP@BUDDHISTINSIGHTS.COM    

Meditation & Yoga by the Beach

Every Sunday develop your mind & body by the beach with Bhante Suddhaso and Rachel Krieger. Join us at Caracas Rockaway by the 106th Street Concessions – we’ll be practicing meditation at 8:30, followed by yoga at 9:00. EVERY SUNDAY TIME: 8.30am PLACE: Caracas Rockaway 106-01 Shorefront Parkway – Rockaway Beach, NYC (Closest subway: Beach 105th / A Train) 8.30am: 30 MIN MEDITATION 9am: 1 HOUR YOGA Meditation is offered by donation. Yoga is offered by suggested donation of $10. Send us an email: RSVP@BUDDHISTINSIGHTS.COM Sign-up on www.buddhistinsights.eventbrite.com                        

Day-Long in a Mansion in Staten Island

Spend a day meditating in style at a beautiful 19th-century hillside mansion in Staten Island! We’ll be doing sitting and walking meditation from morning ’til night – just take a 20 minute ferry ride from Manhattan and it’s a short bus-way ride to the mansion from there. Full address information will be disclosed upon registration to the event. Send us an email: RSVP@BUDDHISTINSIGHTS.COM Sign-up on www.buddhistinsights.eventbrite.com                  

Mindfulness Vs Concentration

By BHANTE G  * Art FLATBUSH BROWN *  Concentration and mindfulness are distinctly different functions. They each have their role to play in meditation, and the relationship between them is definite and delicate. Concentration is often called one-pointedness of mind. It consists of forcing the mind to remain on one static point. Please note the word FORCE. Concentration is pretty much a forced type of activity. It can be developed by force, by sheer unremitting willpower. And once developed, it retains some of that forced flavor. Mindfulness, on the other hand, is a delicate function leading to refined sensibilities. These two are partners in the job of meditation. Mindfulness is the sensitive one. He notices things. Concentration provides the power. He keeps the attention pinned down to one item. Ideally, mindfulness is in this relationship. Mindfulness picks the objects of attention, and notices when the attention has gone astray. Concentration does the actual work of holding the attention steady on that chosen object. If either of these partners is weak, your meditation goes astray. Concentration could …

Aung Kyaw Htet

By JORN MIDDELBORG * Art AUNG KYAW HTET (Courtesy Thavibu) I have known the Myanmar artist Aung Kyaw Htet for around fifteen years, since the time his daughter was born. He came from a humble beginning, growing up in the Delta Region which is regularly flooded and where rice is the staple crop. Aung Kyaw Htet moved to the capital Yangon to realize his dream of becoming an artist. As with many other Myanmar people, he is an ardent follower of Theravada Buddhism as it is practiced in Myanmar. His art (a glimpse of which one can have in a group show at Agora Gallery in NYC until June 9th) has been profoundly influenced by Buddhism and his experiences with monastic life; much of it portrays Buddhist imagery, such as monks and nuns, often with expressionistic or ethereal backgrounds. We sat down to discuss religion and art prior to his temporary ordination with his son. He and his son plan to be temporarily ordained just after his wife and daughter, and will remain as monks for about ten days. Why …

Street Retreat

You don’t need to go to a meditation center to do a retreat – the city is full of open spaces! On June 12th 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

The Power of Compassion

By AYYA YESHE  * Art PABLO MEDINA *  I never grew up thinking that I would one day run a temple in the slums of Central India, or a charity for that matter. But I suppose I should have known better when my favorite movie was ‘The Sound of Music’ and my vision was of being a nun was running over hills, climbing trees, and occasionally helping people! What first drew me to spiritual practice was the death of my father, when I was 14. That sent me into a suicidal depression and existential crisis. If life was finite (which no one around me seemed to live with the comprehension of, with their 30 year mortgages and reinsured and reimbursable spider webs of administration) what was the most important thing to do? Who are we, why are we here and where will we go? I could no longer accept mundanity, the pressing urgency of finding a way out of suffering pushed me to leave my Catholic girls school and to embark on life on the road. After …