Thursday, July 7, 2016

Featured on theRoot.com

We are very thankful to Felice Leon and PJ Rickards of The Root for their story on our meditation group.  Enjoy the video!
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Monday, May 5, 2014

An Evening with angel Kyodo williams! A very special 2nd Monday Sit!


It's our first celebrity Dharma teacher session!!! angel Kyodo williams is in the house May 12th at 7pm, y'all!!!!!!
angel Kyodo williams is a maverick spiritual teacher, adviser and friend to many. As of October 2013, she is the world's 2nd Black female Zen teacher.

She is the founder of Center for Transformative Change and the author of the critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, which has been hailed as “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield, and “an act of love” by novelist Alice Walker. angel is a social visionary that sees Transformative Social Change: applying inner awareness practice to broad-based social change, as America’s next great movement. Calling for a paradigm shift that “changes the way change is done,” angelenvisions the building of a presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith and politic. She notes, “Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters."
It's time for 2nd Monday meditation, open for all who are interested in cultivating Peace and Joy! Focus inwardly and arouse insight (vipassana.) Come meditate! No experience necessary, it's a family affair!

**nyi people of color sangha & allies**
meditation and discussion in downtown Brooklyn
2nd and 4th Monday evenings
7:00-9:00pm
by dana/donation for the space
45 min meditation begins promptly at 7:00pm
teaching/discussion: 7:45-9:00
The Commons Brooklyn
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
347 689 3908
between Bond St. and Hoyt st.
Dharma talk by: angel Kyodo williams
Fee by donation to cover space rental

Directions to The Commons

By train
Hoyt-Schermerhorn; A, C and G
Bergen Street; F
Atlantic-Pacific; B, M, Q, R, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Flatbush Avenue; LIRR
By bus
B63 and B65

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Come to the Brooklyn Intersangha Day Long Retreat Sunday, March 2nd 10am-5pm!


BROOKLYN SANGHA DAYLONG RETREAT

A retreat day is a time for inner reflection that can foster a greater openness and clarity of mind and heart. It will be a day primarily of noble silence with sharing as a community at the end of the retreat. This day will include sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk, discussion and the opportunity for an individual meeting with a
teacher.
Plan to offer yourself the gift of deepening practice with the guidance and support of teachers Charmaine Henderson and Joshua Bee Alafia in the company of like-minded “spiritual friends,” known and unknown. Taking time out in this way from our very full lives nurtures our capacity for and expression of wisdom and compassion in our lives.
March 2 :: 10 am – 5 pm Registration fee $25 :: visit website for payment instructions
Offsite - Brooklyn Zen Center, 505 Carroll St. Suite 2A

Joshua Bee Alafia graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1995 with a BA in Theatre Arts/Film. He currently is a filmmaker and has worked as a teaching artist teaching film, capoeira, tai chi and mindfulness practice. He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders training through Spirit Rock Meditation Center.  He leads the Brooklyn NYI POC and Allies Meditation group every 2nd and 4th Monday at the Brooklyn Commons.

Charmaine Henderson has taught insight meditation since 2000. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program. She teaches insight meditation retreats and courses on integrating the Dhamma into daily life. She has served on the board of directors of NYI and Diamond Metta, a group of LGBTQ practitioners in NYC.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Celebrating International Women's Month and the works of Dipa Ma

 
Come celebrate Women's History Month by meditating and hearing the wisdom of Dipa Ma Monday, March 11th and Monday, March 25th:

"Women can go more quickly and deeper in the practice of Vipassana than men because your minds are more supple. Women's tendency to be more emotional is not a hindrance to practice.
Softness of mind is what brings more emotion, more movement. This is something to be witnessed, not identified with."
-Dipa Ma
 
**nyi people of color sangha & allies**
meditation and discussion in downtown Brooklyn
2nd and 4th Monday evenings
7:00-8;30pm
by dana/donation for the space
45 min meditation begins promptly at 7:00pm
teaching/discussion: 7:45-8:30
The Commons Brooklyn
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
347 689 3908
between Bond St. and Hoyt st.
Teacher: joshua bee alafia

Fee by donation to cover space rental

Directions to The Commons

By train
Hoyt-Schermerhorn; A, C and G
Bergen Street; F
Atlantic-Pacific; B, M, Q, R, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Flatbush Avenue; LIRR
By bus
B63 and B65

hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thich Nhat Hahn's Embracing the Child Within

Brother Thây gives a beautiful meditation and Dharma talk on Embracing the Child Within.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Five Precepts of Buddhism

The Five Precepts of Buddhism 1.) Not to kill but to cherish all life 2.) Not to lie but to tell the truth 3.) Not to steal, but to respect the things of others 4.) Not to commit sexual misconduct but to respect the wholeness of relationship 5.) Not to misuse intoxicants but to practice clarity of mind These are the Buddha's basic guidelines for peace and happiness.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Moving to Mondays!

Hey folks, we'll be moving to every 1st and 3rd Monday as of Monday, November 19th. Same time, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, same place, the Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217 So come meditate with us every 1st and 3rd Monday! Gina Sharpe teaches the POC Sangha every 2nd Monday at New York Insight Meditation Center, 28 W.27th st. 10th Floor, between Broadway and 6th Ave. in Manhattan, so we can have a continuity in our practice with Mondays, starting the week off grounded and supported by community. I'd like to share with you a compilation of one of the great Teachers in our Insight Meditation lineage, Ajahn Chah: