Sharon Salzberg and cop-turned-dharma-teacher Cheri Maples are running a daylong retreat at the New York Insight Center on something that we could all surely use more of: Resiliency in challenging times.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

$65 for Saturday; $80 for both Friday and Saturday

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

This daylong retreat is an opportunity to rediscover the resiliency of the human spirit. For many, the feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed have become all too common. Balance of heart and mind is the key to sustaining ourselves, especially in the face of daily challenges. The practice of meditation helps to develop three essential skills that cultivate balance: concentration, mindfulness and compassion. This day will emphasize these skills and move us towards deeper care, both for ourselves and for others. It is suitable for both beginning and more experienced meditators.

imageSharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She is one of America’s leading meditation teachers and authors, and has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974.  Sharon’s latest book is The Kindness Handbook, published by Sounds True. She is also the author of The Force of Kindness, published by Sounds True; Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, published by Riverhead Books; and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, published by Shambhala Publications. For more information about Sharon, please visit Sharon’s Website.

Cheri Maples is an ordained Dharma Teacher by Zen master & peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh. She is also a private consultant, trainer, spiritual life coach and founder of the Center for Mindfulness & Justice. Cheri worked in the criminal justice profession for 25 years as a police officer, the Head of Probation & Parole, and an Assistant Attorney General in Wisconsin. She also has extensive experience as a community organizer and a social justice advocate. Cheri has incorporated all of these experiences into her understanding and teaching of the Dharma, and her practice of engaged Buddhism.

Register here. There is also a New York Insight Tuesday night sitting group on the Tricycle Community.