REGISTRATION is open
"Really Getting to Know Yourself: Recognizing and Befriending the Many Parts of the Mind"
Co-taught with Josh Korda and Jessica Morey, Executive Director of iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education)
Early Buddhist texts and practices pioneered our contemporary psychological insights, viewing the human mind as a complex system made up of multiple sub-personalities, or cetasikas (‘mental formations’). One cetasika might seek to achieve accomplishments in the world, while another might seek safe relationships; one formation might worry about the future while another impulse can crave addictive pleasures; on impulse make reject experience, while another is capable of embracing our foibles. Each cetasika can have an entirely distinct personality, with separate, even competing agendas—hence the ongoing inner battles the mind can wage. One modern psychological system that recognizes similarly opposition inner parts is Internal Family Systems.
Each mental formation has value, and with practice we can get them to work together as a team. But sometimes the various cetasikas engage in inner battles that aren't easily resolved: for example, whether or not to stay in a relationship or job, if and when to have children, how to maintain secure boundaries with family members.
In this retreat we'll explore how meditation allows us to identify and connect with the different inner personalities, and how to safely express our differing needs to others, receiving the support for each impulse to thrive as a member of a fully integrated personality.
For more information, please visit the Garrison Institute website
REGISTRATION is open
Join us for a sober & sane New Year's Eve with meditation, dharma and traditional Buddhist intention setting ceremony. Arrive at either 10pm or 11pm.
97 Green St Greenpoint Brooklyn
10 pm quiet meditation
11 pm guided meditation
11:30 dharma & ceremony
12:00 - 12:30 hang out and make plans!
Won Dharma Meditation Center
361 State Route 23, Claverack, NY 12513
Register here ***The retreat is full with a short wait list. To be added to the wait list please fill out the registration form. We'll contact you if a spot opens up. (do not send a deposit)
This will be a silent retreat in the Vipassana tradition. Each day will include periods of walking and sitting meditation, dharma talks, guided meditation and Yin Yoga. This retreat is suitable for beginning and experienced dharma students. No prior experience is necessary.
There are single, double, and dorm-style rooms featuring forest and mountain views. Rooms have an in-suite sink and share a modern tiled bath with the adjacent room. Room rates are $290/quad $325/double $550/single for the weekend including delicious vegetarian meals. Accommodations are quiet, simple, convenient, and comfortable with spacious lounges and magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains.
The Won Dharma Center is approximately 2 hours North of New York City
2.5 hours from Boston and 40 minutes from the Albany International Airport.
It is easily accessible by Amtrak- Station stop is Hudson
The retreat starts with basic foundational practice, developing concentration and awareness in silent meditation. During mindful meditation practice, the mind is invited to stillness over and over again through reining in the discursive mind. We then bring meditation to interactive dialogue, allowing the experience of mindfulness to flourish in interactions with others.
In the evening, we will engage in dialogue, investigating the ways we interact with one another, while using Buddhist practice and the precepts as our guide. We share an open space where honest, interactive awareness and experience can be developed in a caring safe environment.