That’s Life: Embracing Change with Courage & Awareness

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That’s Life: Embracing Change with Courage & Awareness
with Brian Simmons
Sunday, December 8th, 2019 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

In the newest That’s Life workshop series addressing how to apply our meditation practice to working with life’s unexpected events, Brain Simmons explores how we can build our courage and awareness to embrace change.

Embracing change is a moment-to-moment challenge on the path to peace and happiness. In order to rise to the confusing and often gut-wrenching challenges life presents before us, our meditation practice requires honesty and courage. It also requires persistence and reinforcement to continue to develop the skills of wisdom and awareness that sway the forces inside our control and allow us to surrender to the ones outside of our control. It is the essence of self-mastery.

This daylong workshop will provide a practical roadmap for those newly thrust into a major life transition (or those who are about to be). If you are facing a major life transition: career changes, graduation, relationship endings and beginnings, illness, children leaving the nest, going back to school, retiring, aging, the full catastrophe… this daylong is for YOU!

Brian Simmons teaches a set of Daylongs and courses on how to navigate changes and transitions in life. He draws from both classical Buddhist practices and Non-Buddhist techniques from a variety of sources. His set of teachings on this topic can be taken in any order as he teaches meditation students a set of complementary skills of wisdom and awareness. Meditation practitioners of all levels are welcome.


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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Brian Simmons

Brian is a former award-winning Writer/Producer for Comedy Central and currently Dean of Students in NYC, where he has pioneered the use of Mindfulness in diverse educational environments from high school to college. Brian has vigorously maintained an intensive daily Mindfulness practice since the 1990’s and studies extensively on retreat with world masters. He completed teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS Medical College as well as the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California.

Brian’s work was prominently featured in a documentary series on the teenage brain and he has appeared in media outlets to discuss Mindfulness including ABC News with Diane Sawyer

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