Setting Things in Motion: Cultivating Kind Intentions

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Setting Things in Motion: Cultivating Kind Intentions
with Karen G. Williams and Rae Houseman
Saturday, August 31st, 2019 | 10:00am to 5:00pm

When we approach the practice of meditation and everyday life with right view, every aspect of our experience is an expression of our human nature.

Our thoughts, emotions, and mind-states are constantly in flux and come from specific causes. This doesn’t mean that we don’t take responsibility – the Buddhist concept of right view allows us to meet experience with kindness. In meeting this experience with kindness in part comes from setting clear intentions.

In this daylong we will explore the impact of our motivations and how to practice with intentions. We will take a deep dive into what it is to bring kind intentions to our practice, and therefore our lives.

This day of shared meditation will include periods of walking and sitting meditation, instruction and time for questions, and group reflection. This daylong retreat is appropriate for those with all levels of meditation experience.


Please register at the highest level that your generosity offers.
Explanations of levels follow below.

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.

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karen g. williams

karen g. williams, Ph.D. (she/her) is on New York Insight’s Teachers Council and the board of Insight Meditation Society. She also co-chairs the Diversity, Equity and Liberation committee at New York Insight. In 2017 she graduated from the joint Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Training Program; and since then she has taught around the NYC metropolitan area, primarily in communities of color and in the LGBTQI community. karen is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Guttman Community College. Her research focuses on the carceral state and the aftermath of mass incarceration. Specifically, her scholarship examines how the institutionalization of evidence-based practices has ushered in a new wave of governance, one that synthesizes punitive power with systems of care within prisons. She brings mindfulness and meditative practices to her research and teaching to build compassionate engagement and to recognize the interconnectedness of all things. When karen is not writing or teaching, she can be found knitting or inhabiting her alter ego, “BackAlley Dred” (ohh, dare we talk about egos) who coaches junior roller derby.

Rae Houseman

Rae Houseman is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leadership Program, and has been meditating for more than fifteen years. She has practiced extensively in the Burmese methods of Mahasi Sayadaw and Sayadaw U Tejaniya. She holds a Masters degree in Somatic Psychology and she is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She is a member of the QTBLGAI2S community. Her personal practice is an integration of Somatic Awareness and Insight Meditation. Rae is the interim Guiding Teacher of VIMC.

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