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Ehipassiko — Come and See for Yourself


Awakening Hearts: Using Practice to Heal the Suffering of Privilege
Elaine Retholtz, Gary Singer
An opportunity for white sangha members to safely explore the consequences of privilege

February 8, 2015
10:00 am - 05:00 pm

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“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.”  —R.D. Laing

Our views of the world are conditioned by so many things. As a result, we, as white people, have learned to see ourselves and others as different from each other. These consciously and unconsciously perceived differences cause pain on interpersonal and societal levels.

The cost of unconscious privilege continues to take its toll today. The unjustified killing of unarmed black men, the ongoing struggles of all people to marry, and the scourge of sexism, classism, and racism are just some examples of a system based on unquestioned privilege.

Come join us as we, as white sangha members, might explore how privilege operates in our dharma community and how we might transform our sense of “the other” into “the known.”.

You can find out more about New York Insight’s commitment to building a diverse and beloved sangha here

*Registration fee does not include teacher support.

Teacher support: Suggested starting donation is $30 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.  All donations go to support the teacher(s).


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elaine retholtz

Elaine Retholtz Elaine Retholtz has been studying and practicing the Dharma for over 20 years, and has been teaching since 2004. In addition to teaching at NYI, she teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and has a deep interest in helping students integrate mindfulness practice into daily life.

gary singer

Gary Singer Gary Singer is a teacher of New York Insight and a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader’s teaching program.  He’s been practicing vipassanna meditation since 1992 and integrates mindfulness into his psychotherapy practice. As a founder of NYI’s Family Sangha program, he writes and gives workshops on mindfulness, stress reduction, work/life balance, and intercultural/interracial relationships.

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