Conscious Living | Conscious Working: Daylong

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New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th St.,10th Fl.


Date(s) - 01/29/2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm




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New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th St.,10th Fl.

Event Details

The dialogue and exercises during this day are designed to help you integrate conscious-awareness into your lives to help manage your stress and enable you to reach for unconditional happiness. It is also part of a 5-month long Extended Mindfulness Course, learn more here. Students can register for the daylong separately or register for the course.

Conscious living is treating every moment of every day as a meditation; it is cultivating wisdom through mindfulness. Mindfulness gives rise to awareness, and awareness allows our innate wisdom to flower. Wisdom brings forth compassion. This retreat is an intensive exploration of meditation in daily life. Participants learn and practice several specific meditation techniques intertwined with the key Buddhist teachings that give both a practical and philosophical foundation for the techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their experience, ask questions, and address issues regarding the integration of meditation and Buddhist thought into daily work, family, and social life.

*teacher support/dana is included in the registration fee
All scholarships have been awarded for this daylong.

January 29, 2017 10 AM to 5 PM kick-off; 9 Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00 PM beginning February 2-May 25 and two additional day long retreats on Saturday, March 12

This course is not available for drop-in attendance.

This extended mindfulness course, now in its 15th year, is designed to help you integrate conscious-awareness into your lives to help manage your stress and enable you to reach for unconditional happiness. Past participants have found the course to be life changing.

You can register for the January 29th Introductory Retreat separately or as part of the 5-month long course.”

*This program is being offered on a sliding scale basis that allows individuals to select a fee that best reflects their means. Any amount above the lowest rate enables NYI to offer financial assistance to those who request it and constitutes a tax-deductible donation.

Structured payment plans are available, please contact for additional information.

Class size is limited. To get an overview of this class, register here for the introductory daylong retreat on Sunday, January 29.

NYI is pleased to present this unique opportunity to study meditation on an ongoing basis for an extended period. Participants will be encouraged to apply Buddhist thought and practice in daily life—to make every moment a meditation and to cultivate greater clarity, concentration, and compassion.

This comprehensive program is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners. While the program provides a foundation in Buddhist thought, the focus is experiential. Practice in everyday life brings the Buddha’s teachings to our choices, the workplace, and our relationships. Group discussion, personal interviews, journaling, and other practical techniques will help participants to explore the practicality of the teachings and the integration of meditation practice and conscious living into daily life.

The program consists of an initial one-day retreat, nine integration sessions held on alternating Thursday nights, opportunities for private interviews and mentoring, and a mid-program and final daylong retreat.

Introductory Retreat

Sunday, January 29 (Room 704)

10am–5pm *Open to all

Note: The initial retreat may be taken on its own without the full program. By itself, the retreat gives participants a set of meditation practices and underlying Buddhist teachings to integrate into their daily lives. Those who wish to commit to the full program will have the opportunity to deepen their practice significantly.

Thursday Night Integration Classes

February 2, 16; March 2, 16, 30; April 13, 27; May 11, 25 (10th Floor)

7–9pm *Course participants only

Mid-Program Retreat: Integrating Retreats Into Your Life

Saturday, March 12 (Room 704)

10am–5pm *Course participants only

This practice day will be devoted to intensive sitting, walking, and chanting. Except for chanting, silence will be maintained. To get the full impact of a practice day, we will include mindful eating as part of the retreat.

Final Retreat: Going Forward – Living What You Have Learned

Sunday, May 28 (Room 704)

10am–5pm *Course participants only



George Pitagorsky

George Pitagorsky blends Buddhism, systems thinking and non-dual philosophy. He has practiced yoga and Insight Meditation since the early 1970’s. He is a multi-disciplinary business consultant, coach, and is currently a Managing Director in the NYC Dept. of Education’s Office of School Support Services. George is author of The Zen Approach to Project Management and Managing Conflict in Projects and editor of the Breakthrough Newsletter. George seeks to help people to integrate meditation and wisdom thinking into their daily lives. He has served on the NYI Board of Directors. "Wisdom tells me I am no-thing. Love tells me I am everything. And between the two my life flows." Nisargadatta Maharaj

Brian Simmons

Brian SimmonsBrian Simmons is a former award winning Writer/Producer for Comedy Central, and currently a High School English teacher in NYC, where he has introduced Mindfulness to the Department of Education. He has been practicing intensive daily Mindfulness since 1999 and completed teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical Center. In 2014, Brian was interviewed by ABC News with Diane Sawyer for a profile on Mindfulness. Currently, Brian is enrolled in the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program.​