Online: Belonging and Change

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Online: Belonging and Change

with Sebene Selassie and Sharon Salzberg

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm ET

We are not separate from each other. But we don’t always believe it, and we don’t always practice it. In fact, we often practice the opposite—disconnection and domination. From unconscious bias to “cancel culture,” denial of our inherent interconnection limits our own freedom.

Meditation is a powerful way to break through boundaries, reconnect to a movement that’s bigger than ourselves, and have the energy to stay active.

Join Sebene Selassie and Sharon Salzberg as they come together during these polarized and energized times for an online discussion on the themes of each of their forthcoming books, “You Belong” and “Real Change”. We will sit together, have group discussion and a Q&A with the teachers.

Preorder “You Belong” by Sebene Selassie here.
Preoder “Real Change” by Sharon Salzberg here. (It is set to audio, but clicking on the down arrow will display other options)

With gratitude to all current and new members who have supported our 2020 Membership Campaign and transition through this challenging period, we are offering this evening free for NYI members and $25 for non-members.

For everyone who values and benefits from the sangha and teachings of wonderful teachers like Sharon and Sebene, please consider joining the Circle of Friends membership so we can continue to offer teachings, sittings, sanghas and special events like this.

Every new membership will be matched, up to $10,000, by a generous donor and friend of the sangha. Please help increase our financial security during these challenging times.

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Sebene Selassie

Sebene Selassie

Sebene Selassie is a teacher, author and speaker who explores the themes of belonging and identity through meditation, creativity and spirituality. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Washington DC, Sebene began studying Buddhism 30 years ago as an undergraduate at McGill University where she majored in Comparative Religious Studies. She has an MA from the New School where she focused on race and cultural studies. For over 20 years Sebene worked with children, youth, and families nationally and internationally for small and large not-for-profits. She has been teaching classes, workshops and retreats for the past decade. Sebene is a three-time cancer survivor of Stage III and IV breast cancer. Her first book is You Belong: A Call for Connection (HarperOne).

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching.

She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness, and Real Love.

Beloved for her for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour. For more information, visit

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