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Ehipassiko — Come and See for Yourself


Conscious Living | Conscious Working: Extended Mindfulness Program
Brian Simmons, George Pitagorsky
January 24–June 4; various dates and times, see below.
This course is not available for drop-in attendance.

*This program is being offered on a sliding scale basis that allows individuals to select a fee that best reflects their means. Any amount above the lowest rate enables NYI to offer financial assistance to those who request it and constitutes a tax-deductible donation.

Structured payment plans are available, please contact Dalila Bothwell at for additional information.

February 1, 2016
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Online registration is now closed.
Walk-in registration is available via cash or check.

Try out the program by attending the daylong on Sunday, January 24.

NYI is pleased to present this unique opportunity to study meditation on an ongoing basis for an extended period. Participants will be encouraged to apply Buddhist thought and practice in daily life—to make every moment a meditation and to cultivate greater clarity, concentration, and compassion.

This comprehensive program is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners. While the program provides a foundation in Buddhist thought, the focus is experiential. Practice in everyday life brings the Buddha’s teachings to our choices, the workplace, and our relationships. Group discussion, personal interviews, journaling, and other practical techniques will help participants to explore the practicality of the teachings and the integration of meditation practice and conscious living into daily life.

The program consists of an initial one-day retreat, nine integration sessions held on alternating Monday nights, opportunities for private interviews and mentoring, and a mid-program and final daylong retreat.

Learn more about the course and register here.

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Brian Simmons

Brian Simmons Brian Simmons is a former award winning Writer/Producer for Comedy Central, and is currently a High School English teacher in NYC, where he has introduced Mindfulness to the Department of Education.  He has been practicing intensive daily Mindfulness since 1999 and completed teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical Center. In 2014, Brian was interviewed by ABC News with Diane Sawyer for a profile on Mindfulness.  Currently, Brian is enrolled in the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program.

george pitagorsky

George Pitagorsky George Pitagorsky blends Buddhism, systems thinking and non-dual philosophy.  He has practiced yoga and Insight Meditation since the early 1970’s.  He is a multi-disciplinary business consultant, coach, and is currently a Managing Director in the NYC Dept. of Education’s Office of School Support Services.  George is author of The Zen Approach to Project Management and Managing Conflict in Projects and editor of the Breakthrough Newsletter.  George seeks to help people to integrate meditation and wisdom thinking into their daily lives.  He has served on the NYI Board of Directors.

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