Sacred Earth Sangha

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Sacred Earth Sangha

Second Monday of the month | 7:00pm-9:00pm

Please join us for an evening of teaching, meditation, and discussion as we create a community around deep practice and conscious engagement of the challenges of the climate crisis.

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.

With love for our beautiful planet, through deep reflection and direct action, let us work together to take courage, move through the fear, and respond consciously to this existential threat.

All are welcome. No previous meditation experience is required.

Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15

Teacher Schedule:

September 9th: Lin Gordon – Topic: Earth

Please join NYI teacher Lin Gordon as we explore the element of “earth”— the first our four elements study—to help ground us in the face of the climate crisis. We’ll process the news of the Amazon rainforest fires and watch a short film— “Joanna Macy and the Great Turning”. Together, we’ll explore putting the climate crisis in context and how to stay present to the world in these challenging times. There will be practices and group discussion.

October 14th: Jon Aaron and Sebene Selassie – Topic: Water

November 11th: Sebene Selassie and Lin Gordon – Topic: Fire

December 9th: Lin Gordon and Jon Aaron – Topic: Air

Teacher(s)

Sebene Selassie

Sebene Selassie

Sebene Selassie is a dharma teacher and transformational coach. She began studying Buddhism over 25 years ago at McGill University where she received a BA in Comparative Religious Studies and Women’s Studies. She has an MA from the New School where she focused on cultural and race studies. ​ Sebene is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader (CDL4) program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. ​​She is the former Executive Director of New York Insight and serves on the board of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She continues training with her primary teachers, Thanissara and Kittisaro and serves on the Leadership Council for their Sacred Mountain Sangha. ​​Sebene is a three–time cancer survivor.

Lin Gordon


Lin Gordon has been practicing insight meditation in the last seven years under the guidance of Jonathan Foust (Insight Meditation Community of Washington), Mark Coleman (Spirit Rock), and various teachers from the insight tradition. In stillness and silence, she discovers the transformative power of mindfulness practices to help live a life of flow, joy, grace and gratitude. In the last few years, Lin was particularly moved by the power of nature meditation practices to connect with a deep sense of well-being, love, wonder, resilience, and connection with a larger world that we are part of. She graduated from Mark Coleman’s Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Teacher Training in 2017 and has taught nature meditation in NYC and around the country.

She is also inspired by the Ecosattva training from the One Earth Sangha to share nature meditation practices not only as a doorway for personal transformation, but also as a form of environmental activism. By helping people forge a visceral and deep love for the Earth through intimate and direct experiences, Lin hopes that these practices will inspire people to actively protect the Earth.

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.