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Buddhist Meditation and Learning for 18 to 24 Year Olds
Dates: Mar 19, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
Days: Thu - Sun (3 Nights)

Instructor(s): Sumi Loundon Kim, Jozen Tamori Gibson

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In this meditation course for young adults, we will undertake mindfulness in three different ways through guided practice in community (sangha). First, we’ll learn and practice mindfulness meditation. Second, we’ll study an early Buddhist text titled “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness,” which lays out the practices we still do to this day, and the role mindfulness plays in awakening (nirvana). And third, we’ll practice mindfulness in our relationships with each other in community — bringing awareness to our conversations, friendships, and shared experience. While there will be extended periods of sitting and walking meditation (accessible for all bodies), we will have ample time for sharing and learning from each other as well as for movement, creativity, and naps.

Of the 30 available spaces for this retreat, we are holding 15 spaces for applicants who identify as people of color (POC). Additionally, we hope our retreat reflects the gender and sexuality diversity of our LGBTQIAGNC+ communities.  We particularly encourage young adults and people of color to apply for financial assistance if needed. Requests for financial assistance of 30%, 40%, 50% or more may be made in the registration process.

Learning Intentions:

To discover how contemporary mindfulness is rooted in the Buddhist tradition; learn and deepen meditation practice; and develop spiritual insight through peer learning and friendship.

Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:

Noble silence will be practiced after the evening session through breakfast. Lunch and dinner may begin with 15 minutes of silent, mindful eating.

Experience Level:

Intended for beginning and experienced practitioners.

  • Sumi Loundon Kim (she, her) is the Buddhist chaplain at Yale University, past chaplain at Duke University, and founder of the Mindful Families of Durham, NC. A graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, she is author of Blue Jean Buddha, The Buddha’s Apprentices, and most recently Sitting Together: A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation, and Buddhist Teachings.

  • Jozen Tamori Gibson (they, them) began formal meditation practice and study in 2004. Jozen is a senior student and sangha facilitator with the Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC), mentor with the Awake Youth Project, and serves on the New York Insight teacher council. A participant in the 2017-2021 Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program, Jozen shares their path of interdependent liberation by honoring the wisdom and compassion of all teachers, highlighting their mother, Akimi, and dharma root teacher, Pamela Weiss.

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