Mindfulness & Ethical Evolution: A Daylong Online Retreat

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Mindfulness & Ethical Evolution: A Daylong Online Retreat

with Matthew Brensilver

Saturday, March 13th, 2021 | 9:30am – 4:00pm ET

We live in relationship with everything else and life is an endless flow of giving and receiving. This makes ethical conduct central to our spiritual life. How do we mature as ethical beings? What are the skills and strengths required for ethical evolution and how can mindfulness serve this effort?

The Buddhist teachings on ethics – sila – provide wise counsel on harmful acts from which we ought to refrain. But is refraining from overt harm the end of the story? What more might we owe?

In this daylong, we’ll examine the process – in our direct experience – of maturing our ethical commitments. The process is facilitated by the perception of non-separation, an intimacy with the experience of suffering, a willingness to grieve, a spirit of renunciation and the courage to relinquish familiar understandings of ourselves.

This is not a program about determining how you should live, but instead suggests a path towards living in deeper alignment with what you already believe. All are welcome.

Matthew will also be teaching an evening program on Friday. See details here. Or register for both programs below.


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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.

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**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.

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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 registration@nyimc.org.



Matthew Brensilver

Matthew Brensilver, MSW, PhD, serves on the Guiding Teachers Committee and Board of Directors at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was previously Program Director for Mindful Schools and for more than a decade, was a core teacher at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. Each summer, he lectures at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center on the intersections between mindfulness, science and mental health. Before committing to teach meditation full-time, he spent years doing research on addiction pharmacotherapy at the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine. He is the co-author of two books about meditation during adolescence. Info available here: matthewbrensilver.org

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