These teacher-led sittings provide an opportunity for the Sangha to meet with NYI teachers for meditation, a Dharma talk and dialogue to address practice issues.
Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. For this event all donations are split evenly between the teacher(s) and NYI.
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 Practitionertm and has most recently completed the teacher training in Mindfulness for Pain offered by Breathworks in England.
Karen G. Williams is a peer leader at NYInsight and in April 2017 she will graduate from the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Training Program. She has practiced vipassana meditation since 2008 and will start the Spirit Rock Dedicated Practitioners Program in the upcoming year. Karen G. recently received her doctoral degree in cultural anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research examines strategies implemented inside correctional facilities to help incarcerated people return home to their communities. When Karen is not teaching at Queens College, she can be found playing roller derby with Gotham Girls Roller Derby League. She plays under the name “BackAlley Dred” for the Bronx Gridlock and the Grand Central Terminators. Her practice is rooted in cultivating a spirit of whole heartedness on and off the track.Photo credit Gisel Florez.