Garrison Institute News

Reflections on the CBR Training in Jordan

“Because of this work, I lost the taste of food and the taste of life” These were the words spoken by Ahmad*, who has spent the last few years managing Child Protection and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases with Syrian refugees in Jordan. Over our lunch together, he explained how the stories of human suffering he had heard…

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Champions Come Together for the Inaugural Workplace Wellness Leadership Summit

Last week, the Garrison Institute in partnership with the International Well Building Institute hosted the inaugural Workplace Wellness Leadership Summit (WWLS) as a part of the Institute’s Transformational Leadership Initiative. The WWLS brought together nearly 100 interdisciplinary leaders from across North America who serve as champions of workplace wellness, spanning roles in sustainability, human resources, health, organizational development, interior design,…

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How Does Chanting Work?

They say that every repetition of every one of these Names (Divine Names) is a seed that we plant in our life stream. Sri Ramakrishna, who was a great Indian saint in the 1800’s, talked about how this practice of the repetition of the Name works. He said that every Name is a seed, and just like a little tiny…

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Remembering Bernie Glassman

This piece, written by Naropa University President, Chuck Lief, memorializes the passing of Bernie Glassman, a pioneer for Buddhism, teacher, and dear friend to many. We hope that you will join us in reflecting on his life, work, and passing.  My heart is heavy as I acknowledge the death yesterday morning of Roshi Bernie Glassman, my longtime friend and collaborator,…

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Reflections on Father Thomas Keating

With the recent passing of Father Thomas Keating at age 95, Garrison Institute lost a great source of wisdom and a beloved friend. He was one of Garrison’s original three spiritual advisors, along with Gelek Rimpoche and Rabbi Zalman Schacter. Father Thomas, or simply “Thomas” as he usually preferred, was many things. He became a Cistercian monk in 1944. In…

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Embodying Practice: A New Year’s Resolution Retreat

If your hopes for the New Year include deep relaxation and increased mindfulness both in meditation and in movement, join us at the Garrison Institute on January 4-6, 2019 where five local practitioners will help you re-orient your life in positive ways. The practices blend well, as they share basic principles, and the instructors are experienced co-presenters. During this special…

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In Memory of Rachel Cowan

In the summer of 2001, I received a call from Rabbi Zalman Schachter. The JCC of the Upper West Side, being built in Manhattan, was planning on creating a meditation room. Would I join a group of Jewish meditators for a design session, to envision what a Jewish meditation room would look like?  Rabbi Rachel Cowan was one of the…

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A Fond Farewell

When the Garrison Institute staff gathered at Dolly’s Restaurant on a warm Thursday afternoon, the feeling in the air was a mix of celebration and sadness. After fifteen years of dedication, Linda Downey, our events manager, was retiring. We came together to honor her work ethic, her commitment, and most of all, her faithful, generous, and beautiful presence in our…

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