Unlearning the Mindfulness of Breathing

Padmasambhava said, “Let these three expressions: I do not have, I do not understand, I do not know, be repeated over and over again. That is the heart of my advice.”

Sometimes we need to unlearn familiar practices so that we can rediscover them afresh and perhaps, in the state of openness this brings about, become receptive to the arising of insight. On this workshop-style evening, Bodhipaksa invites you to forget everything you know about the familiar practice of mindfulness of breathing, so that you can discover, or rediscover, its potential as a source of deep, calm, embodied joy, and as a gateway to Awakening.

Bodhipaksa’s sangha night with us on 26th February
28 West 27th Street #704, NYNY

All Welcome




Mindful Meditation Retreat

June 1, to June 6, 2017 Mindful Meditation Retreat

Our peace of mind is frequently sabotaged by our predilection for addictive, short-term pleasures (buying, escapist entertainment, obsessive thinking). Yet often we feel an underlying dis/ease. No matter how much we get, we realize it’s all going to end at some point, and we’ll be exposed to loss and separation.

The retreat will be primarily in silence with specific instructions and teaching by Padmadharini, a member of the Triratna International Buddhist Community, and an accredited mindfulness teacher.

While the lures of money, objects, and power lose their appeal, liberation through spiritual practice provides a complete form of happiness. Through meditation, we discover a calmness and ease that doesn’t require chasing fleeting pleasures. This is what the awakened mind is, and it is always within our reach.

During this five-day retreat, we will explore the Buddha’s celebrated teachings on the mindfulness of breathing, also known as the Anapanasati Sutta. These specific instructions for meditation are designed to help use awareness of breathing to bring us fully into the present moment in a direct and open way. The Sutta lists sixteen steps to relax and compose the mind. The Buddha states that mindfulness of the breath, “developed and repeatedly practiced, is of great fruit, great benefit.” Ultimately, it can lead to “clear vision and deliverance.”

The retreat will be mostly in silence, with opportunities each day to explore the progressive stages of mindfulness of body, feelings, mind and mental events. Specific instructions include: posture, steady awareness with the breathing body, working with hindrances such as restlessness and sleepiness, and the cultivation of mental absorptions (jhanas).

The retreat will be held at Blue Sky Mind community, a small practice community structured to support and promote deepening practice. Retreat practice includes sitting and walking meditation, one-on-one meditation reviews, and opportunities to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Thu, Jun 1, 2017 6:00pm
Tue, Jun 6, 2017 1:00pm

Cost: $300-360 (residential), $200-$260 (camping), $75 (daily rates)
All pricing options include food.

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Blue Sky Community
315 Geigel Hill Road
Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972
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Email Padma (dhpadmadharini@gmail.com) for more information


The Importance of Empathy in Everyday Life

Your most important skill: Empathy

Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to become happier the more you practice. I’ve never considered myself a real programmer. I know at this point it’s probably silly to say, but I started my scholastic and professional life as a musician, and I’ve never quite recovered from the Impostor Syndrome that comes with making such a shift. One of the faux-self-deprecations I use to describe myself is: “I”m a people person who just happens to express this tendency through programming and technology projects”.

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From Chad Fowler
Your most important skill: Empathy


Free Orientation – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction


Free MBSR Orientation July 13th, 6:45pm
(required if you intend to register for the class*) *If you cannot attend the Orientation, please contact Savanna at savannajoluraschi@gmail.com to schedule a phone interview.

WHAT IS Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)? In this program you will learn to access and cultivate your natural capacity to actively engage in caring for yourself and find greater balance, ease, and peace of mind. MBSR uses meditation, yoga, inquiry and informal daily mindfulness practices as a way of training people to relate differently to the stresses in their lives.

The Skills • Practical coping skills • Methods for being more at ease • Strengthen the body and release muscular tension • Greater awareness • Face change with greater ease and creativity • Be more proactive and less reactive

The Process The class meets once a week for 2 ½ hours and is a combination of mindfulness practices, group sharing of experience with practice, and exploration of topics such as mindfulness, stress, and communication. In addition, there is an All Day of practice that occurs between the 6th and 7th week of the 8-week program and some at-home practice.

The History MBSR was created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn who founded in 1979 the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It was originally developed for patients in chronic pain, undergoing intensive treatments for cancer, AIDS and other serious illness, but has since expanded and been incorporated into the daily lives of ten of thousands of people, whether they are dealing with the stress of illness or the stress of daily life.

Read more about MBSR here:

• Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Summer Cycle 2016 

Frequently Asked Questions about MBSR If you are considering taking an MBSR course, take a moment to read this FAQ http://bit.ly/1oJYNht. If you would like further information please contact Savanna Jo Luraschi at savannajoluraschi@gmail.com.

Want to learn more about MBSR?  Check out the research here.  http://www.unfetteredpath.com/mbsr/


Mindfulness Meditation Tuesday Drop-in

sunset poppies Mindfulness Meditation Tuesday Drop-in

Don’t just do something, sit there!

Our drop-in mindfulness meditation classes provide a momentary and nourishing oasis in the midst of busy lives. Whether new to meditation, seeking a refresher or simply keen to benefit from the support of a led group meditation, our drop-in sessions focus on developing ease, peace of mind, joy, self-compassion and insight into our full potential. Each week we begin by grounding our experience in the body and the present moment, followed by one of two meditation practices that we alternate – mindfulness of breathing and the cultivation of kind attention. The practices are gently guided and there is time for questions and answers, as well as tips on posture so as to meditate without unnecessary strain.

Over the last 30 years a growing body of research has shown the far reaching benefits of
mindfulness meditation :
• Alleviation of anxiety, stress and irritability
• Increased memory, stamina and mental focus
• Enhanced creativity and energy
• Greater compassion towards self and others

The facilitators are experienced meditators from the Triratna NYC Buddhist community, who are offering this opportunity in a secular format open to all.

Time: Tuesdays 6:30pm-7:30pm
Tuition: $20/class; first class $10; Class card: 10 classes/$160

Location: Tournesol Wellness
is located at 26 East 36th Street between Madison and Park Avenues in the Murray Hill neighborhood of New York City.

By Subway
Tournesol Wellness is accessible by the 6 line at Grand Central Station, or the 33rd Street stop.  We are also conveniently located near the D, F, N or Q lines at the 34th Street – Herald Square stop.

By Bus
The M1, M2, M3 and M4 buses stop near Tournesol Wellness on Madison Avenue at 36th Street.
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Sailing the Worldly Winds

A six 6 week series led by Samayasri and Savanna
Feb 23rd – April 5th
6:15pm to 8:30pm Midtown


Feeling thrashed about by the business of living? Thus is our human experience, says the Buddha. The winds of gain and loss, pleasure and pain, fame and infamy, and praise and blame all blow about us at any given time… and yet, we can turn them into spiritual opportunities.

Savanna and Samayasri join forces to share some of the traditional teachings and well as their personal perspectives on working effectively with the “eight worldly concerns”.

The series will loosely follow the book “Sailing the Worldly Winds” by Vajragupta in 2011. Watch a short intro video of the theme by him here.

Tournesol Wellness 26 East 36th Street
between Madison and Park Avenues in the Murray Hill neighborhood of New York City.

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‘Where Faith and Wisdom Meet’ – Kamalashila

‘Where Faith and Wisdom Meet’ – Kamalashila from Clear Vision Trust on Vimeo.

Kamalashila speaks on ‘Where Faith and Wisdom Meet’ in which he “hopes to get us thinking about the volitional side of what dharma practice looks (and feels) like – pre and post insight. Maybe we don’t think of ourselves as a devotional type, but have certain responses and observances that don’t get expressed ritually, but are still about our respect for the ideal”.

A talk given at the Triratna Buddhist Order Men’s UK & Ireland Area Order Weekend at Adhisthana, 6 February 2016. The weekend was exploring Reverencing the Buddha: Devotion and Spiritual Life, through a programme of meditation, puja, discussion groups and two talks.


Mindfulness in Times of Uncertainty


Most of us don’t know if, at this very moment, we are in the middle of our lives or living our last few days. Probably few of us even think about this very often.

The fact that our wonderful human lives hang by a thread is what motivates many Buddhist practitioners to live each passing moment to the full, and to grow spiritually in the process. To do so requires the skill of becoming increasingly aware of our decisions – all of them – gradually making them more wise and compassionate.
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Meditation and Buddhism January 6th Four Wednesdays 7–9pm

January 6th Four Wednesdays 7–9pm  Meditation and The Four Noble Truths

Wake Up become conscious See your Habits. Once seen they can be Changed.

The course is four weeks long, each week starts with a short talk about some aspect of meditation followed by a talk on The Four Noble Truths.
The class runs from 7pm to 9 pm.

The Lucid Body House
230 Lexington Ave (between 33rd and 34th St.) NYC, NY 10016

 Pay in Advance $80
 Pay on the first night $100

With all of the activities, you are free to participate or to just sit and listen – nothing is compulsory.
If you cannot afford the course cost please let us know, and we will make arrangements for you to join us.