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So far New York Insight has created 20 blog entries.

Dear Abhi-dhamma: Desire and Unhappiness

2017-01-08T17:31:02+00:00

When it comes to generosity it seems there’s always an internal battle going on in my mind. Why do I offer to do things? How much should I give? What are my real intentions? I can honestly say that I have never really been at peace with my relationship to gift. There are a great deal of entanglements here for me.

Dear Abhi-dhamma: Desire and Unhappiness 2017-01-08T17:31:02+00:00

Dear Abhi-Dhamma: Does Meditation Enhance Creativity?

2017-01-08T17:33:22+00:00

When it comes to generosity it seems there’s always an internal battle going on in my mind. Why do I offer to do things? How much should I give? What are my real intentions? I can honestly say that I have never really been at peace with my relationship to gift. There are a great deal of entanglements here for me.

Dear Abhi-Dhamma: Does Meditation Enhance Creativity? 2017-01-08T17:33:22+00:00

What is New York Insight?

2017-01-08T23:02:37+00:00

There was a question at our recent Town Hall meeting that we didn’t have time to answer but I thought it would be worth addressing now. The question was: Is New York Insight a Buddhist Center, a Meditation Center or a Mindfulness Center? To which my answer would be “yes”.

What is New York Insight? 2017-01-08T23:02:37+00:00

Quarrelsome Mind

2017-01-08T23:22:00+00:00

Mature practitioners often report surprise at the tenacity of their quarrelsome tendencies. Even after years of practice the mind seems determined to find fault with self and others, to take exception to what is, and we can feel helpless in the face of it. One might say, “Well just stop thinking those thoughts,” but it’s not that easy, is it? The unawakened mind seems habituated to quarreling.

Quarrelsome Mind 2017-01-08T23:22:00+00:00

The World We Dream

2017-01-08T23:20:43+00:00

Many of you know that I am focused on a Buddhist response to climate crisis. I believe Dharma practice has a lot to offer because it brings us into alignment with a different kind of power than—well, basically money, and the privilege of being able to manipulate the natural world to secure our comfortable lives. This ‘other power’ emerges from directly knowing the indestructible, diamond-like mind-heart as awareness knowing consciousness, which is the same deep subjectivity within all sentient life.

The World We Dream 2017-01-08T23:20:43+00:00

Collapsing Time to the Present Moment

2017-01-08T23:18:18+00:00

One of the last things my father said to me before he died was, "Don't waste your energy rehashing what has been or imagining a brighter future. Be content with what you have and who you are." He was seventy-four at the time and, although he didn't know it, he was not long for this world. He had always been a practical man, apparently more interested in teaching my sisters and I how to get along in the world—how to lay tile or mow the lawn or conduct ourselves in the board room—than in encouraging us to contemplate the meaning of life.

Collapsing Time to the Present Moment 2017-01-08T23:18:18+00:00

Beyond To-ing and Fro-ing

2017-01-08T23:26:17+00:00

Tanhā is the movement of the mind that keeps taking exception to what is—wanting things to be another way (bhava tanhā), not wanting them to be the way they are (vibhava tanhā), or just being preoccupied with sensory experience (kāma tanhā). Tanhā is a restless agitation—"relishing now here and now there," as the Buddha put it—that makes it impossible to be content with things as they are.

Beyond To-ing and Fro-ing 2017-01-08T23:26:17+00:00

Welcome

2017-01-08T23:28:01+00:00

Shortly before the Buddha passed away, in his final moments, his cousin and life-long companion Ananda was overcome with grief. The Buddha addressed him with these poignant words...

Welcome 2017-01-08T23:28:01+00:00

Dear Abhi–Dhamma: Where Do My Needs Fit?

2017-01-09T00:36:34+00:00

Dear Abhi–dhamma: Where do my needs fit into a relationship? How to understand if I'm feeling - reacting to a story in my mind vs the energy/tone from someone else? If the other person in a relationship asserts her intentions are good and kind, is it still possible some other tonality is coming through? How do I know when I'm asking for something unreasonable or not? Am I meant to not ask for anything?

Dear Abhi–Dhamma: Where Do My Needs Fit? 2017-01-09T00:36:34+00:00

Not Without You!

2017-01-09T08:11:18+00:00

As we move into another year, New York Insight would like to thank those sangha members who were so generous with their time, creative energy, and presence - the volunteers.

Not Without You! 2017-01-09T08:11:18+00:00