Thanissara and Kittisaro: Freeing Our Consciousness

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


Date(s) - 03/16/2018 - 03/17/2018
7:00 pm - 5:00 pm




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

Event Details

Freeing Our Consciousness

with Thanissara and Kittisaro

Walk-in registration is welcome!

“Enlightenment is intimacy of all things.” – Zen master Dogen

The teachings found in the Buddhist Shurangama Sutra discuss the fundamental roots of mind that need to be understood for awakening.

How does this teaching inform the evolutionary imperative of our times as we engage a paradigm shift from seeing the world “out there,” separate and alien from us, to directly knowing, feeling, and living the intimacy of all things.

Together we will focus on these powerful teachings on Friday evening, setting the ground for the daylong on Saturday where we explore this shift of orientation as the ground from which a more sustainable, equitable, and compassionate world can emerge.

Meeting times:
Friday, March 16 from 7-9pm
Saturday, March 17 from 10am-5pm

Registration Fees:
by Sliding Scale – Please choose the highest fee you are able to pay*

Friday: $20, $30, $45

Saturday: $50, $70, $100

Friday and Saturday: $60, $80, $110

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A limited number of scholarships are available at the following rates:

Friday: $5, $10, $15

Saturday: $15, $25, $40

Friday and Saturday: $20, $35, $50

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Thanissara started Buddhist practice in the Burmese school in 1975. She was inspired to ordain after meeting Ajahn Chah and spent 12 years as a Buddhist nun, where she was a founding member of Chithurst Monastery and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in the UK. She has facilitated meditation retreats internationally the last 30 years, has an MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy Practice from Middlesex University & the Karuna Institute in the UK, and is a core teacher at IMS. With Kittisaro, she co-founded Dharmagiri Insight Meditation Centre and helped initiate and support a number of HIV/Aids response projects in South Africa. She has written several books, including two poetry books. Her latest book is Time To Stand Up, An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth.


Kittisaro graduated from Princeton as a Rhodes Scholar and went on to Oxford before going to Thailand to ordain with Ajahn Chah in 1976. He was a monk for 15 years, during that time helped found Chithurst Monastery and Devon Vihara in the UK, trained monks, was a prison Chaplain, and taught extensively. He disrobed in 1991 and since then has taught internationally. With Thanissara he co-founded Chattanooga Insight TN, and Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat in 2000, also helping initiate and support a number of HIV/Aids response projects in South Africa. He has studied and practiced Chan and Pure Land for 35 years, informed by the Chinese school of Master Hua, and has completed two year-long silent self-retreats. With Thanissara, he is co-author of Listening to the Heart, A Contemplative Journey to Engaged Buddhism.