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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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Experts Unite to Discuss Mindfulness and Healthy Workplace Culture

The Garrison Institute and IWBI (International WELL Building Institute) have a shared goal of fostering healthy, mindful, and resilient individuals, organizations, and communities. Earlier this summer, the Garrison Institute and IWBI brought together a group of experts for a special type of dinner party–a Jeffersonian dinner centered around the WELL Mind concept (Mind), one of the ten concepts of the WELL Building…

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Meet Our New Development Director

Amanda comes to us most recently as the principal/founder of Avant Grand Consulting where she enjoyed several years working with various non-profit organizations and start-up businesses helping them with fundraising and grant writing, organizational development, strategic planning, educational/best practice workshops, and public relations.  She has also served as the Chief Development Officer for the FoolProof Foundation and the Walter Cronkite…

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We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For

“As long as a society meets in harmony and treats its members with respect will it prosper and not decline. As long as a society follows the wisdom of its elders, protects its vulnerable members such as women and children, as long as a society cares for the environment, will it prosper and not decline.” —Buddha We have just passed…

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