Meditation in Everyday Life (Online)

with Rachel Faro & Robert Stevens

January 7th—February 4th

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  • $150 Patron
  • $130 General
  • $90 Current SMCNYC Members
  • $60 Students
  • Pay what you can.
Room: Online

This course is open to all. The Patron rate makes it possible to support our online programming at this time.  Registration is limited so please register soon! Zoom information will be sent upon registration.

Please register in advance; last minute registrants run the risk of not receiving their Zoom link in time to attend.

"By making a deep connection to the present moment and understanding our mind through the practice of meditation, we learn to make friends with ourselves…"

We are living in extraordinary times. The level of uncertainty remains high and many of us are experiencing stress, confusion and fear as we shelter at home. How can we stabilize our thoughts and emotions? And how can we satisfy our yearning to help, to be a part of society? This challenging moment could be the perfect time to develop or stabilize a meditation practice.

While meditation has many proven benefits, it is important to establish a consistent personal practice. This five part course is designed to help new meditators learn the basics of mindfulness meditation practice and how to bring its benefits into their daily lives. It is also helpful for more experienced meditators in stabilizing and deepening their practice and daily discipline.

By combining technique and view in a setting of support and community, Meditation In Everyday Life provides you with all the tools you need to establish a strong meditation practice.

By establishing a consistent meditation practice, we learn to relax and simply be with whatever is going on in our lives. Over time, meditation helps us cultivate stability, gentleness, humor and courage in the face of all the complexities we experience -- our jobs, relationships and all aspects of daily life – so that we can bring sanity, clarity and compassion into our world, expanding outward to our friends, family, neighbors and society as a whole.

Meditation In Everyday Life consists of 5 classes addressing the following areas:

Class 1: Peaceful Abiding and Basic Goodness
Class 2: Mindfulness, Awareness and Gathering the Mind
Class 3: Obstacles & Antidotes: Working With Thoughts
Class 4: Genuine Heart of Sadness
Class 5: Everyday Life and Enlightened Society

Give yourself the gift of meditation and infuse your life and the lives of those around you with compassion, caring and kindness.

About the Teachers:

RACHEL FARO is a senior meditation teacher and practitioner within the Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhist traditions  who has taught and led meditation retreats, classes and workshops in Europe, Latin America, South Africa and throughout the United States.  A personal student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, she has been training, practicing and teaching since the early 1970's. She is also an accomplished and well-known singer/songwriter, Grammy-nominated record producer and president of world music label Ashé Records, releasing recordings of Cuban, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan, African, jazz, blues and folk music.  And finally, she is the proud mother of Anandi, an outstanding jazz singer, songwriter and Shambhala meditation teacher and practitioner based in Portland Oregon.

BOB STEVENS arrived in New York in 1979 intent on studying Hinduism, but he stumbled upon a course on American Buddhism at the New School, which piqued his interest. This led him to attend a 3 month retreat with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche to study Shambhala Buddhism and subsequently embark on the Shambhala path as a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Bob, a management consultant, spends his waking hours trying to manage his 11 year old’s addiction to Fortnite, a very popular video game.

Meditation in Everyday Life is the first class in the Shambhala Training curriculum. The Shambhala Training path is a secular course of practice and study suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition. This comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the profound, simple and incredibly relevant view that when we foster a more awake and compassionate relationship with ourselves and with others, we are creating a more awake and compassionate world.