Thanissara and Sebene Selassie: Reclamation of Heart in Our Times of Dismemberment

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


Date(s) - 11/04/2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm




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

Event Details

Reclamation of Heart in Our Times of Dismemberment: From the Four Truths to the Four Bodhisattva Vows

Within the Four Truths is the potential of the Four Bodhisattva Vows. Together, as a teaching frame, they offer a powerful template to guide our personal practice as it intersects with the collective challenge of our times.

In the journey of awakening, initiation into the timeless Dharma is often accessed through a process of deconstruction of self and a direct meeting of dukkha, suffering, or our unacknowledged shadow. In the same way, the experience of our collective self in these times of intensity, is of daily dismemberment while being plunged into a confrontation with an overwhelming assault from our accumulated, collective shadow.

However, rather than caving in, such intensity can fuel our practice with a necessary sense of urgency. It has the potential to energize not only external acts that protect the Earth, her species, and each other, but more fundamentally, the necessity of embodying the innate freedom, clarity, and loving power of our authentic, intuitive heart, our wise, discerning mind, and our fully embodied innate intelligence.

This day long retreat, with Dharma talks, inquiry, meditative process, and use of ceremony, will explore these themes. We hope you can join us!

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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.

Sebene Selassie

Sebene Selassie Sebene Selassie is a dharma teacher and transformational coach. She began studying Buddhism over 25 years ago at McGill University where she received a BA in Comparative Religious Studies and Women’s Studies. She has an MA from the New School where she focused on cultural and race studies. ​ Sebene is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader (CDL4) program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. ​​She is the former Executive Director of New York Insight and serves on the board of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She continues training with her primary teachers, Thanissara and Kittisaro and serves on the Leadership Council for their Sacred Mountain Sangha. ​​Sebene is a three–time cancer survivor.