Life and Death – Is That All There Is?

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A Year Long Course

Life and Death – Is That All There Is?

with Rosemary Blake, Jon Aaron, Nancy Glimm and Amy Selzer

Saturday, January 4th – Saturday, December 12th, 2020

If we woke up each morning, knowing we only had a year to live what would change? How would we greet the day, our partner, our job? Until we are directly confronted with our own mortality most of us live life as if it will never end.

This is a course about living fully each moment of our lives. Over twelve months we will live as though this is our last year. We will reflect upon life and death from the Buddhist perspective while incorporating other spiritual traditions as well.

It is a course for people of all ages and those interested in living life to the fullest. Know that your registration for this class is viewed as a commitment to participate for the entire year and wholly engage in the process of discovery. There may be moments of intense sadness, extraordinary joy, and everything in between.

Our intention is to create a community that grows together and supports each other on the much anticipated year-long journey. The core required readings are Frank Ostaseki’s “The Five Invitations” and Stephen Levine’s “A Year to Live”.

The course will meet with three different time slots.
* Daylong are from 10:00am – 5:00pm
* Evenings are from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
* Half-days are from 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Daylongs will be on Jan 4, Apr 18, Jul 19, Oct 17, and Dec 12.
Evenings will be on Feb 3, Mar 30, Jun 29, Sept 21, Oct 5 and Nov 2.
Half-days will be on Feb 16, Mar 15, May 23, Jun 20, Aug 22, Sept 12, and Nov 21.


Registration is now closed.

Registration Fees include Teacher Support

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, please read our FAQs. If your question is not addressed in the FAQs, please email

Refund policy for this course: Full refund/credit of your registration fee less a $50 processing fee is only possible through 1/2/2020. Up to 50% of your registration fee may be refunded or credited if requested by 2/17/2020. Thereafter, there will be no refunds or credits.

Payment plans are available upon request by emailing



Rosemary Blake

Rosemary BlakeRosemary Blake has been a meditator for more than 30 years. She was introduced to the dharma in 2003 at the first Insight Meditation Society POC retreat, an event she attended annually for the next ten years. Her experience in 2013 of IMS’ three-month retreat both deepened her practice and created a commitment to attend a month-long vipassana meditation retreat every year. She completed Larry Yang’s two year Commit2Dharma study program and began teaching insight meditation at New York Insight after her graduation from Spirit Rock’s fourth Community Dharma Leaders Program. In addition, she recently completed her tenure as President of the Board at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. Rosemary is grateful for all that this practice provides.

“Being mindful is being aware of what is right here already” Sayadaw U Tejaniya

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.

Nancy Glimm

Nancy GlimmNancy Glimm has been practicing vipassana meditation since 1996. She has been a part of New York Insight Meditation Center since its inception. Nancy is a 2012 graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders training program. Her primary teacher is Gloria Taraniya Ambrosia. Nancy leads the Living Urban Dharma Monday Daytime Sit. She is a psychotherapist in private practice with over 35 years of experience. Her psychotherapy practice is informed by her spiritual practice.

“We need to investigate our minds and mental programs more thoroughly and more often…This input is the kamma that leads to the end of kamma, and is the hinge point of the Buddha’s teaching. In it’s deepest fulfillment… it can lead to complete liberation.” Ajahn Sucitto

Amy Selzer

Amy SelzerAmy Selzer has been practicing vipassana meditation since 2002. She has completed two year-long classes on Integrated Study and Practice with Andrew Olendski. Currently, she is part of the Community Dharma Leaders teaching program. She has led groups for the past 12 years and now teaches in several NYI sanghas. Amy’s former career was team teaching young children in an inclusion program comprised of children with and without special needs. In addition, she worked with and supported their parents. Her love of teaching continues. She is particularly passionate about the dharma and bringing it into the lives of the aging population as well as to all other practitioners.

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