What’s Up with Waking Up

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What’s Up with Waking Up
with Jon Aaron
Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

“For one who is awake, whose mind isn’t overflowing, whose heart isn’t afflicted and who has abandoned both merit and demerit. Fear does not exist”. -From the Dhammapada

If we aren’t practicing meditation to wake up, then why are we bothering? What does waking up really mean? What are we waking up from or to? There is a Buddha in each of us waiting to wake up to a life without fear even in a world with much to be fearful of.

As we develop our meditation practice, we learn that it is possible to pause throughout the day, take a break from our usual thoughts, and wake up to the magic and vastness of the world around us. In this day of practice, we will explore wise effort, wise mindfulness and wise concentration and the obstructions to our freedom. We will practice directly with some of the Buddha’s teachings on freedom and investigate how to integrate these into every moment of our lives.

This Daylong is appropriate to meditation practitioners of all levels. Everyone is welcome.  


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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.

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Jon Aaron


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 Practitioner and has most recently completed the teacher training in Mindfulness for Pain offered by Breathworks in England.

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