Join us for an alternative Valentine’s Day celebration & talk – Love Your Enemies, an evening with Sharon Salzberg & kirtan artist Lily Cushman. Evening includes dharma talk by Sharon, guided meditation, as well as call and response chanting led by Lily. Reinvent your 2017 Valentine’s day with an powerful evening of practice exploring common obstacles on the path of love, whether with ourselves or others.REGISTER WATCH EVENT LIVESTREAM 2/14 @ 7 – 8:30 PM EST
An enemy – whether within, in the shape of a habitual, painful mind state, or without – as someone for whom we steadily feel antipathy or fear, marks the edge between limited lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity and the potential boundlessness of these qualities. In this evening’s talk Sharon will explore inner and outer enemies, look at the fear, anger and anguish generated by being stuck in a mode of “us” and “them”, and focus on the liberation we are capable of. There will be periods of dialogue, discourse, and meditation practice. Suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators.
Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her forthcoming release by Flatiron Books, Real Love. Renowned for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast: The Metta Hour.
Lily Cushman is the co-founder and director of the Brooklyn Yoga School: a donation-based yoga center voted “Best of New York” by New York Magazine in 2011. She has been teaching yoga for 10+ years and practicing daily since her teens. She serves as the Executive Assistant to meditation teacher and NYT bestselling author, Sharon Salzberg and worked for many years for world-renowned chanter, Krishna Das. A longtime musician herself, Lily found a natural home in the practices of Bhakti Yoga: chanting mantras in the traditional call and response style. It has since become a core part of her practice, and for nearly a decade she has regularly led kirtan events in the greater New York area. For her chanting schedule and music offerings, visit her website.