Launch of the Sacred Earth Sangha

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Launch of the Sacred Earth Sangha
with Jon Aaron
Monday, July 8th, 2019 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

As promised at our Climate Crisis Community Meeting last month, NYI is relaunching the Eco Sangha as the new “Sacred Earth Sangha.” We are planning monthly evening gatherings co-led by rotating NYI teachers, Sebene Selassie, Lin Gordon, and Jon Aaron. This first meeting will be led by Jon Aaron. We invite all of our Dharma friends to come together as a community and create a this new sangha around deep practice and conscious engagement of the challenges of this global emergency.

Please join us for an evening with Jon Aaron of teaching, meditation, and discussion as we embark on this journey together. The teachers are in the process of putting together a curriculum and format for this sangha that best supports your individual and collective practices and we’d like your input at this first meeting.

In her recent manifesto, Declare Climate Emergency Now, teacher Thanissara offers some guiding principles around this work for our consideration:

With climate breakdown, we determine to shake off the spell of individualism and fabricated division. Instead, we work together to create new ways of being on this Earth that are collaborative, mutually supportive, empathetic, and authentic. Together, we can take courage and move through the fear of speaking out, of breaking rank, and of being disparaged. We speak up and out. We encourage ourselves and others to be mindful of our personal and communal carbon use. Together we commit to becoming more conscious. Together we are powerful.

This event has no pre-registration, $15 suggested donation.


Jon Aaron


Jon Aaron has been a teacher at New York insight since 2006. His principal dharma teacher has been Matthew Flickstein of The Forest Way. He trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and is a certified teacher through the CFM. He has taught over 50 cycles of the seminal curriculum as well as numerous courses for alumni of the program. He completed the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He is the co-guiding teacher of the Makom Meditation Havurah program at the Jewish Community Center. He is a certified Somatic Experience Practitioner and has most recently completed the teacher training in Mindfulness for Pain offered by Breathworks in England.