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Wednesday Nights at IDP -- Good Vibrations: Cultivating the Four Immeasurables
Week Four - Equanimity w/ Kate Johnson & Kim Brown
The Interdependence Project NYC
302 Bowery 3rd Floor, Middle BuzzerNew York, NY 10012
Wed, 8/29/2012, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday Nights 8/8 - 8/29, 7-9pm
Drop-in to a single class or take all four as a series
Everyone yearns to be happy and loved and appreciated, but most of us are confused about the means to access these feelings. And even though many of us know the benefits of offering love, compassion and joy to others, we often get caught in anger, sadness and depression -- unable to generate goodwill for ourselves or others.
The Four Immeasurables (also known as the Four Sublime States, the Divine Abodes, or the Brahmaviharas), are awakened qualities of heart and mind that all people are said to naturally possess. Buddhism teaches that a truly joyful and compassionate life does not occur by luck or accident -- but rather, that Lovingkindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity can be expanded in an intentional way, through practice.
Join us for four Wednesday nights as we learn meditation practices and philosophy and share discussion to help awaken and cultivate these ideal mind states, which are the essence of our true human nature.
Week 1: Lovingkindness with Ven. Lawrence Dō'an Grecco & Patrick Groneman
Week 2: Compassion with Ven. Lawrence Dō'an Grecco & Kate Johnson
Week 3: Appreciative Joy with Kim Brown & Patrick Groneman
Week 4: Equanimity with Kate Johnson & Kim Brown
Kimberly Brown studies in the traditions of Tibetan and American Buddhism, is a member and teacher at the Interdependence Project, and a graduate of the year-long IDP Teacher Training program. She practices Kriya Yoga with Alan Finger, and is learning Healing Touch, an energy medicine technique which she offers to cancer patients in Manhattan. Kimberly has degrees in physics and literature, and spent several years in post-graduate training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.
Ven. Lawrence Dō'an Grecco is a Zen monk, Dharma Teacher, and Life Coach. He received authorization as a dharma teacher from the Interdependence Project, and holds a certificate in Foundations in Buddhist Chaplaincy from the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. Rev. Lawrence was ordained by the Five Mountain Zen Order and is a student of Ven. Paul Yuánzhì Lynch, the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Five Mountain. He is also the Vice-Abbot of the Five Mountain Zen Order and writes for Sweeping Zen, The Interdependence Project, and Open Sky Zen. He is the Founding Director of Open Sky Zen Meditation & Buddhist Studies Group, which meets regularly at the New York Insight Meditation Center, and the facilitator of Queer Sangha, which meets at the Interdependence Project in Manhattan.
A lifelong dancer and longtime yogi, Kate Johnson finally learned to sit still at the Interdependence Project, where she completed teacher training in December 2011. A student in the Insight (Vipassana) meditation tradition, she will complete the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation teacher training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center this year. Kate teaches yoga and mindfulness meditation to high school students in public schools throughout NYC, and is a co-owner of Third Root Community Health Center (www.thirdroot.org), a radically accessible holistic health care cooperative in Brooklyn, NY.
Patrick Groneman is currently the executive director of the Interdependence Project and a graduate of IDP's Teacher Training program. He studied painting and video art at the Maryland Institute College of Art, is co-founder of the multi-media artist collective Wunderkrafthaus, and is currently involved in developing a short dance film. He has studied meditation and Buddhism at the Insight Meditaton Center, the Village Zendo, and with the Shambhala Buddhist Community. Learn more about him at his website. http://patrickgroneman.tumblr.com
Per Class Suggested Contribution: $5 - $15
(Pay What You Can; No one will be turned away for lack of funds)
Register for the entire series here: $20-$60
"It's all free," but we still gotta pay the rent!
Here at IDP we make a concerted effort to make our classes accessible to all regardless of income level. We have suggested contribution amounts for our Wednesday Night Classes and encourage you to consider the value you receive from a class in making a contribution.
If you are interested in making a donation of service in exchange for classes, you can read more about our work-study program, and contact Marisa@theidproject.org with any questions.
Good Vibrations Illustration by Patrick Groneman