How to Practice at a Time Like This: An Online Urban Retreat

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How to Practice at a Time Like This: An Online Urban Retreat

with Narayan Liebenson

Saturday, December 12th, 2020 | 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, December 13th, 2020 | 9:00am – 3:00pm

The teachings and practices of the Buddha are said to be timeless. And, the period of time we are in right now is particularly clearly turbulent and complex. How can the teachings of loving-attention, wisdom, and compassion be relevant in our daily lives at this particular time? How can we place these timeless teachings within the context of our everyday lives?

During these two days of engaging in the ancient forms of sitting and walking, we will also address various aspects of our everyday lives such as sleeping, eating, relaxing body and mind, wise view, and wise relationship to the current events.

Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners, each retreat day will include sitting meditation, talks, and questions/responses. All are most welcome to join.

The weekend’s practice schedule will be:

First Session: 9:00am-11:00am
Second Session: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Third Session: 4:00pm-6:00pm

First Session: 9:00am-11:00am
Second Session: 1:00pm-3:00pm

There will be specific instructions for how to practice between the formal meditation periods.

This program is made possible with major support from the Laura S. Rodgers Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey.


Please register at the highest level that your generosity offers.
Explanations of levels follow below.
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Please note: We are temporarily unable to provide registration confirmation emails. However the link to access the program will be emailed to you 2 days prior to the event and again 1 hour before the start. Registration includes access to the event recording, which will be made available to you ten days after the event.

Registration Fees

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



Narayan Helen Liebenson

Narayan Helen Liebenson is a Guiding Teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in Cambridge, MA, and at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She leads retreats at both centers as well as in other parts of the country and world, including Cuba Her training over the past 40 years includes study in the US and in Asia with meditation masters in the Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan traditions

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