Freeing Ourselves from Mental Slavery With the Power of the Breath

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Freeing Ourselves from Mental Slavery With the Power of the Breath
with Vimalasara Valerie Mason-John
Saturday October 19th, 2019 | 10:00am to 5:00pm

Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley both knew that it was possible to “Free ourselves from Mental Slavery, and none but ourselves can free our minds”. They were freedom fighters, and still, they did not put the blame on others.

Garvey knew that transformation of any situation must come from our personal work. This is what the Buddha taught, the reformation of the human mind.

Together during this daylong program we will explore the power of the breath, and the challenging task of coming home to the body. Come see for yourself, and have a taste of freedom on this daylong.

Please note that Vimalasara is offering this program through the practice of dana, the generosity of donations from participants which will be collected at the end of the retreat. The registration fees listed below only cover NYI’s direct costs for presenting this program such as rent, staffing, registration processing, volunteer management, etc. Suggested dana collected at the event is $40, but any amount is acceptable.


Please register at the highest level that your generosity offers.
Explanations of levels follow below.

Registration Fees do not include Teacher Support for this program

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



Vimalasara Valerie Mason-John

Photo: Juan Luis Rod

Vimalasara Valerie Mason-John is the award-winning author of 8 books, including the Great Black North, Contemporary African Canadian Poetry, and Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddha’s Teachings to Overcome Addiction.

She has co-founded 8 Step recovery meetings that take place in 3 continents and has been named leading African Descent voices in Mindfulness Approaches for Addiction. Her new collection of poetry, ‘I’m Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin” will be published in 2020. She is currently working on a Mindfulness book accessible to African Diaspora Sensibility, Addiction an Invitation – Unknow Yourself through Mindfulness. Vimalasara Valerie Mason-John is a senior teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community tradition and dedicates her life to the suffering of all beings, “The more emancipation I have – the more I must share with the world.” She resides in Canada.