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September 1, 2020

Webinar: “Balancing Perseverance with Patience” – A Conversation with Allan Lokos and Pilar Jennings

There is a real need to balance perseverance with patience in this time of living with the effects and anxieties of a pandemic and the awakening of a deeper understanding of the injustices in the world. Pilar and Allan will explore this unique moment in time and the physical, mental, and emotional challenges with which we are living. Join them as they offer insights that can keep the joy alive.

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 4pm EDT on Tuesday, September 1st. The webinar link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration for this live webinar closes at 3pm EDT on September 1st. Please note that participation in the live webinar on Zoom is limited to the first 1,000 attendees. We will also be live-streaming this program on our Youtube.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the opportunity to create a virtual sanctuary during this time of physical distancing. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution toward our efforts.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.


Allan Lokos is the founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center. He is the author of Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and Determination; Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living; and Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living. He has been interviewed by the NY Times, CBS Sunday Morning, the Chicago Tribune and more than one hundred radio and television programs. Among the places he has taught are Columbia University Teachers College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, The Rubin Museum, The Milken Institute, Tibet House US, and Upaya Zen Center. Allan has practiced meditation since the mid-nineties and studied with some of the world’s most renowned teachers, including Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, and Stephen Batchelor. Earlier in this life Allan enjoyed a career as a professional singer appearing in, among many others, the original Broadway Production of Oliver!

Dr. Pilar Jennings is a psychoanalyst based in New York City with a focus on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation practice.  She has been working with patients and their families in private practice and through the Harlem Family Institute since 2000.  Dr. Jennings has been a Buddhist practitioner for the past 40 years and is a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism in the Sakya lineage. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Union Theological Seminary; Columbia University; and a faculty member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.  She has given workshops and retreats internationally on the Buddhist and psychoanalytic approach to trauma, the relevance of spirituality in clinicians, and the unfolding conversation between Buddhist and developmental psychology. She is the author of Mixing Minds (Wisdom 2010), and To Heal a Wounded Heart (Shambhala 2017), a psychoanalytic memoir about her entry into clinical work as a Buddhist clinician. 

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