Four Beautiful Qualities of Heart: An Urban Retreat at NYI

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Four Beautiful Qualities of Heart: An Urban Retreat at NYI
with Narayan Liebenson
Saturday, December 12th, 2020 | 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, December 13th, 2020 | 10:00am – 4:00pm



In this weekend retreat we will turn our attention to the “Four Beautiful Qualities of Heart” known as the Brahmaviharas, or Divine Abodes. These essential qualities are: loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. Each of us has the inherent capacity to strengthen these qualities in our own hearts and minds. Through practice they may become our dwelling places where we feel “at home”, not only places we visit on occasion.

There are specific instructions and practices for cultivating each of the four Brahmaviharas, and over the course of the weekend we will practice with each one. We will investigate loving-kindness on Saturday morning, compassion on Saturday afternoon, joy on Sunday morning. and equanimity on Sunday afternoon.

This retreat is open to everyone. We will honor and abide in noble silence including longer periods of silent sitting, as well as mindful movement practice and group inquiry. There will time for Q&A.

NYI will provide a plant-based lunch with gluten free options for these two days as well as teas and nutritious snacks.
This program is made possible with major support from the Laura S. Rodgers Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey.


Please note that consistent with IMS practice, teachers for IMS Urban Retreats offer their talents and services to our community through the practice of dana, the generosity of donations from participants which are collected at the end of the retreat. The registration fees listed below only cover NYI’s direct costs for presenting these programs such as rent, staffing, registration processing, volunteer management, etc.

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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.

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***Subsidized Base: Made possible by the generosity of Benefactor Level above and other donations to ensure participation by those requiring financial assistance.
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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