An Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

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An Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
with Brian Simmons
Wednesdays, October 23rd – November 20th, 2019 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

It’s hard to turn around these days without hearing about the benefits of Mindfulness. They range from lowering stress to forging deeper connections with others and enjoying a greater sense of ease and happiness in life through awareness of the present moment. But how can we actually learn how to meditate and maintain a daily practice on our own in a way that is accessible and down to earth?

This 5-week course is designed to provide a clear and practical path for people wanting to experience the profound benefits of mindfulness meditation both on and off the cushion. Ancient techniques and teachings of Buddhist meditation will be made abundantly practical and relevant for modern city dwellers in the 21st century.

Do you want to learn how to cultivate a greater sense of clarity and compassion? Wellness and joy? Purpose and presence? This course will provide an experiential nose-dive into the fundamental practices of meditation that have positively changed lives for thousands of years.

If you are a beginner looking to begin your meditation journey, this course is for you. If you are an advanced practitioner wanting to reconnect to your beginner’s mind and engage your meditation practice in a way that is fresh and alive, this is also for you. Whatever your life situation, this course is for you!


Please register at the highest level that your generosity offers.
Explanations of levels follow below.

Registration Fees include Teacher Support

New York Insight Meditation Center has streamlined the registration fee levels. Members of our Circle of Friends are eligible to receive 20% off of the Sustaining Rate via a code provided in the email confirming membership, which you can enter after clicking the Sustaining Level registration.

*Benefactor Level: Supports NYI’s ability to offer the Subsidized Base.

**Sustaining Level: This level reflects the actual costs to support this program. Circle of Friends members eligible for 20% discount with code. Click here to join.

***Subsidized Base: Made possible by the generosity of Benefactor Level above and other donations to ensure participation by those requiring financial assistance.
If you have questions about your registration (cancellation policy, membership discount, email confirmation, etc.), please read our FAQs. If your question is not addressed in the FAQs, please email

If you are unable to pay the Subsidized Base Fee, you can learn about volunteering to offer work exchange and letting us know how much you are able to pay for this program by emailing



Brian Simmons

Brian is a former award-winning Writer/Producer for Comedy Central and currently Dean of Students in NYC, where he has pioneered the use of Mindfulness in diverse educational environments from high school to college. Brian has vigorously maintained an intensive daily Mindfulness practice since the 1990’s and studies extensively on retreat with world masters. He completed teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical College as well as the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California.

Brian’s work was prominently featured in a documentary series on the teenage brain and he has appeared in media outlets to discuss Mindfulness including ABC News with Diane Sawyer

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