Ehipassiko — Come and See for Yourself
What’s a Buddha to Do?
Jon Aaron, Thanissara
Fee by donation
September 23, 2014
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
It seems that there is so much Dukkha in the world right now. We can go about our lives as though nothing is happening. We can find peace and individual freedom through meditation. At the same time some of us find time and energy to be activitists, while others seek different avenues of Right Action. There are times of course, when we may find ourselves being overwhelmed by it all. The question arises “what can I do that will actually matter" and the resulting thought may be “it’s never enough’ and this just adds to our own experience of Dukkha.
As a follow-up to the weekend’s Climate March and in particular the Buddhist participation in this event, Jon Aaron and Thanissara will lead a discussion about how we can work with this question in the midst of it all -- “What’s a Buddha to do?”
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.
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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.
Thanissara, originally from London, was a Buddhist nun for 12 years in the Forest School of Ajahn Chah. She has been teaching Buddhism and meditation internationally for the last 25 years. She has an MA in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapy Practice and currently resides & works between the US & South Africa. She is co-founder of Dharmagiri South Africa, and is currently focused on Dharma and climate action. Thanissara is author of the “Heart of the Bitter Almond Hedge Sutra” which explores the resonances of Colonialism in South Africa and the exploitation of the Earth in the context of the Heart Sutra. Her new book “Time to Stand Up, A Buddhist Manifesto for the Earth” is due in 2015.