People who care for people play a vital role in our communities, whether in intimate family circles, larger social networks, or the wide array of helping professions in healthcare, education, social justice, and more. Often it is caregivers who support the front lines of our society: helping those who face challenges on a daily basis. However, this support can come at a high personal cost, leading to frustration, exhaustion, and a fast track to burnout. No prior meditation or yoga experience is necessary to attend.
This retreat will focus on meditation and the Practice of Tara in order to understand the interconnectedness of external difficulties of life as well as inner hopes and fears. The goal of this practice is to lead to the realization of the inner Tara which is beyond both hope and fear.
This September, the Garrison Institute is pleased to offer a Women’s Leadership training designed for women in leadership positions within organizations providing social services to transform the lives of women and girls experiencing trauma.
Sesshin means “touching the heart-mind.” It is a cornerstone of Zen practice. Sesshin is an intensive practice period offering an opportunity to experience your essential nature. At our annual summer silent retreat, we will practice zazen together under the guidance of NYZCCC teachers Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell and Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, their teacher, Sensei Dorothy Dai-En Friedman, and Guest Teacher Sensei Jose Shinzan Palma.
The Mind & Life Summer Research Institute (SRI), now in its sixteenth year, is a week-long immersive, residential program designed to foster collaborative research across the sciences and humanities, based on a process of inquiry and dialogue with contemplative practitioners and professionals engaged in applied work. The program incorporates academic presentations, informal breakout groups, poster presentations, and regular contemplative sessions, including daily yoga and a full-day silent retreat.
This retreat is an opportunity for us to come together as an LGBTIQ community and care for ourselves: to remember who we really are and to recollect our true inner goodness. We will explore ways of sustaining a kind heart, a clear open mind, and a strong body. We will engage with the ancient teachings and practices offered by the Buddha that cultivate compassion, wisdom, and skillful actions.
“Making the Invisible, Visible: A Multimedia Exploration of Race and Racism in the U.S. through a Buddhist Lens” led by Dr. Jan Willis, Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Dr. Wills' doctoral work was in Indic and Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and has published books and numerous articles and essays on Buddhist meditation, women and Buddhism, and Buddhism and race.