Wednesday Nights - Feb 27 - March 27 - Let's Talk About Love

Understanding, Realizing, and Practicing Loving


The Interdependence Project
302 Bowery Middle Buzzer
New York, NY 10012
United States


Wed, 2/27/2013, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 3/6/2013, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 3/13/2013, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 3/20/2013, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wed, 3/27/2013, 7:00pm - 9:00pm




This course is available as part of our Home Study Program. More information at this link.

“Love” is an idea that commands a lot of attention and energy from both individuals and society. We’re constantly bombarded with images and messages about love wherever we turn -- it’s sung about in music, written about in literature, and acted out in movies. Most of us crave it, but few of us can even adequately define it. Its presence in our lives can be transcendent at best or paralyzing at worst. Yet despite the roller coaster of emotions it inspires, we go to great lengths to invite it into our lives and keep it there as long as possible.

For most of us, understanding what love actually is can be quite confusing, causing us to label and categorize: “romantic love,” “brotherly & sisterly love,” “unconditional love.” Yet when we approach love in such a narrow way, we create a false hierarchy of love that is limited and conditional.

This series will explore the subject of love in all of its various guises and forms, especially from a Buddhist viewpoint. To understand what it means to truly love and be loved is a critical aspect of transforming our relationships with ourselves, our families, our romantic partners, and the world around us.
2/27 -  What is Love? - Kim & Kate. We’ll look at the meaning and experience of loving, and the various forms of love.       

3/6 -  Where do I find Love?  - Kate & Lawrence - Many of us are looking outside of ourselves for love, and feel frustrated and disappointed when we don’t feel it.  Discover where to find true love, and learn how to cultivate it towards yourself.

3/13 -  Let’s Fall in Love -  Lawrence & Kate. We’ll discuss the qualities necessary to create a good romantic partnership and how to avoid the pitfalls of desire and selfish attachment.

3/20 - Creating a Circle of Love - Kim & Lawrence. Our friends and family can be difficult to love and frustrating to understand, yet these relationships are the most important to our health and well-being.

3/27 - Beloved Community -  Kate & Kim. The highest form of love is that which transcends possessiveness and conditions and embraces everyone.   Learn how love can transform society and how love is necessary to create social justice and an equitable world.
Recommended Reading

Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving
Byron Katie, Loving What Is
Buddha, Karaniya Metta Sutta
John Welwood, Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships
Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness


Kate Johnson, Teacher

A lifelong dancer and longtime yogi, Kate finally learned to sit still at The Interdependence Project, where she completed the year-long Training Immersion Program 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 (, a radically accessible holistic health care cooperative in Brooklyn, NY.


Ven. Lawrence Dō'an Grecco

Ven. Lawrence Dō'an Grecco (Do'an Dharma) is a fully ordained monk in the Vietnamese Zen tradition of Ven. Dr. Thich Thien-An. He is also an authorized Zen teacher in the Korean Zen tradition as represented by the Five Mountain Zen Order. In addition, Lawrence 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. He writes for Sweeping Zen, The Interdependence Project blog, and Open Sky Zen, and works with individuals and couples as a life coach and wedding officiant. Lawrence is the founding director of Open Sky Zen Meditation & Buddhist Studies Group which meets regularly in Manhattan and the facilitator of Queer Sangha which meets at the Interdependence Project in Manhattan. For more information about Lawrence, please visit


Kimberly Brown

Kimberly is both a student and a teacher at The Interdependence Project.  She's a graduate of the first IDP Yearlong Training Immersion Program, is a Tibetan Buddhist, and practices Kriya Yoga with Alan Finger.  Kimberly has degrees in physics and literature, and spent several years in post-graduate training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.  She teaches dharma classes and meditation at IDP and privately, and is filled with tremendous gratitude for The Interdependence Project community and its founder, Ethan Nichtern. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

This is a drop-in event, and advance registration is not necessary. We're offering it on a donation basis and ask each participant to contribute $10 - $20 to support our teachers and other initiatives offered by The Interdependence Project. You can also register online for either the whole series or a single class, selecting your donation level from the drop-down menu. If you are registering for a single class, please note the date of the class you will be attending when you are checking out. Thank you!

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