Welcome to Building a Mindful New Year 2020

December 26 – 31, 2020

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EST

 

December 26: Susan Piver – Generosity

 

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Susan Piver is a Buddhist teacher and award-winning New York Times bestselling author of many books, including The Wisdom of a Broken Heart, Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation and her latest, The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships. Known for her insight, clarity, and humor, Susan has an international reputation for being an exceptionally skillful meditation teacher. She teaches workshops and speaks on mindfulness, innovation, communication, relationships, and creativity.  She has been a student of Buddhism since 1993, graduated from a Buddhist seminary in 2004 and was authorized to teach meditation in 2005.  In 2012, she founded The Open Heart Project, the world’s largest online-only meditation center.  https://openheartproject.com/

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December 27:  Thupten Phuntsok  – Discipline

 

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Born in Haiti, Thupten Phuntsok (Irnst Norgaisse) came to New York with his two sisters when he was nine years old and was ordained as a novice monk by Sermey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche in 1993. He received his Full Ordination (Gelong) the following year. Phuntsok has been a formal student of Buddhism for over 30 years. He started his formal Buddhist education under the guidance of Kyongla Rato Rinpoche, the tenth reincarnation of the Kyongla line and eight years later he met his main teacher, the late Sermey Kensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin. He studied all the stages of the path under the direct guidance of Sermey Kensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin until his passing in 2004. He has been teaching Buddhist philosophy and meditation for over 20 years. www.phuntsok.org

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December 28:  Kevin Townley  – Patience

 

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Kevin Townley is a writer/performer, and has been studying Buddhism since 2010. He currently practices with the Sokuko-Ji Zen community under the guidance of Kyoun Sokuzan. Kevin completed the Interdependence Project’s teacher training program in 2012. He is passionate about exploring the interplay of meditation and art-making while encouraging others to bring their own innate humor and insight to their meditation practice.

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December 29: Maho Kawachi – Exertion

 

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Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Maho Kawachi never had an experience of meditation. When she came to NYC in early 90s, she finally realized she needed something to remind her to be sane, and after some trial and error, she encountered her first official meditation class in 2000. She now teaches meditation at the Open Heart Project, Rikers Island Correction Facility, and other places.

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December 30: Pema Khandro – Meditation

 

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Pema Khandro is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, scholar and humanitarian, specializing in the philosophy and practice of Tibet’s Buddhist Yogis and their Dzogchen teachings. Ordained in the Nyingma lineage, enthroned as a tulku and trained as an academic, her teachings celebrate the dynamic coalescence of tradition and the modern context. Pema Khandro is the founder of Ngakpa International, the Yogic Medicine Institute and two residential centers. For more information visit Pema Khandro at www.PemaKhandro.org.

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December 31: Sokuzan – Wisdom

 

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Kyoun Sokuzan is a fully transmitted monk in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. Sokuzan met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a preeminent teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, in late 1973 and became a student. In 1974, Sokuzan attended the first session of Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. In 1975, he established the Dharma Study Group of Battle Creek,  Michigan. It offered weekly meetings for meditation and study, as well as monthly nyinthuns, which are all-day retreats. In 1978, Sokuzan became an authorized meditation instructor through Vajradhatu in Boulder and later completed the Vajradhatu Seminary in 1980 at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. In 1990, Sokuzan met Kobun Chino Roshi, a Zen meditation master from Japan, and became a student of his, and received lay ordination from Kobun’s brother, the late Hojosama Keibun Otagawa. Sokuzan received full ordination as a priest in the Soto Zen lineage in 2007 and Dharma transmission in March of 2013 from Kuzan Shoho Michael Newhall, Abbot of Jikoji in Los Gatos, California.  https://sokukoji.org/

His book, A Meditation Primer, is available here and you may sign up for his blog posts here.

 

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