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 is on the New York Insight’s Teacher’s Council and a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Training Program. She has practiced vipassana meditation since 2008 under the mentorship of DaRa Williams. Karen is an Assistant Professor at Guttman Community College, CUNY. Her research examines strategies implemented inside correctional facilities to help incarcerated people return home to their communities. When Karen is not writing or teaching, she inhabits her alter ego, “BackAlley Dred” who plays roller derby. Karen’s practice is rooted in cultivating a spirit of whole heartedness on and off the track. Photo credit Jean Schwarzwalder.

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.