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:

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

This month we will explore the element of air. Air is the element of breath, of life. The Air Element is represented by the sky, wind, birds, and mountaintops, and is associated with the mind, the intellect, communication, creativity, imagination, divination and travel. It is ever-present yet invisible to us.

Of air-oriented animals, none ARE more prevalent than birds. Yet the NY Times published an article “Birds are Vanishing from North America” in September – where it stated that the number of birds in the United States and Canada has declined by 3 billion, or 29 percent, over the past half-century.

We will invite our sangha member, Stephen Roylance, to share his heartfelt presentation on the impact of human activities on birds. This presentation was first shared at the NY Insight’s A Buddhist Response to Global Warming Summit in September. Stephen has been birding since he was 10 and has since birded around the North and South America. He has witnessed birding migration patterns changing due to climate change. He first confronted the tragic relationship between birds and the destruction of the environment with the extinction of the Dusky Seaside Sparrow in 1987. Since then, he’s seen a decline of too many bird species. His personal experience in seeing this decline has led him to get in touch with the very real grief we all experience when we understand what climate crisis means for our planet. This grief, he believes, is the touchstone to action, but only if we allow ourselves to access it.

Through the lens of the birds, we explore our grief and interconnections, and tap into our collective imagination and creativity as we face the consequences of climate crisis.

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 has studied insight meditation under the guidance of Jonathan Foust and Mark Coleman in the past decade. 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 to connect with a deep sense of well-being, love, wonder, resilience, and interconnection with all beings. Our human-centric worldview dissolves, and we realize we are but a small part of a greater intelligence. Lin was inspired to share nature meditation as a doorway for personal transformation as well as a form of environmental activism.

She graduated from Mark Coleman’s Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Teacher Training in 2017 and has taught at New York Insight Meditation Center and around the country. She is enrolled in the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program (CDL6).

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.