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Ehipassiko — Come and See for Yourself


Dharma in Dialogue: Why Are You So Sensitive?
Jay Michaelson, Sabrina Sojourner
Seeking spirituality in the justice community… and justice in the spiritual community

April 16, 2014
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

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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 goes to support additional programming at NYI.


Contemplatives involved with issues of social justice often find themselves in between two loves.  On the one hand, activist communities are often resistant to “spirituality,” believing anger to be a useful force and meditation and yoga to be self-centered.  On the other hand, many of our contemplative communities are also resistant to “bringing in politics” and getting too “sensitive” about issues like racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and ableism.  The great irony here is that for meditating activists, contemplation and activism go hand in hand!  In this dialogue and discussion, two longtime spiritual progressives will talk about lessons learned in contemplative, justice, and “contemplative justice” communities.

Moderated by Sebene Selassie.


Teacher support is included in the event fee.

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jay michaelson

Jay Michaelson Dr. Jay Michaelson is an author, activist, and academic.  Currently a visiting scholar at Brown University, where he is an advisor to the Varieties of Contemplative Experience project, Michaelson is the author of five books, most recently Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism and the Next Generation of Enlightenment (North Atlantic, 2013), as well as many articles in The Atlantic, Tricycle, The Daily Beast, and other publications.  A longtime activist, Jay directs the LGBT Global Rights Initiative for the Democracy Council, a leading civil society organization.  Michaelson’s contemplative background includes twelve years in the dharma, including several long-term vipassana retreats in the United States and Nepal.  Jay received his PhD in Jewish Thought from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a JD from Yale Law School.


Sabrina Sojourner Sabrina Sojourner is a facilitator, writer, teacher and speaker on diversity, multiculturalism, leadership and spirituality.  She has worked with many public and private institutions, including the U.S. Department of Labor, National Security Agency, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, and the National Black Justice Coalition.  Formerly the “shadow congressperson” for the District of Columbia, in 2011 Sojourner received a Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Social Change.  Find her blog “Other Mad Thoughts” here.

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