Join the entire Vanaras Crew for a three-hour kirtan at Brooklyn Yoga School with chanting led by Ambika, Devadas, Lily, Nina Rao and Shyama Chapin. Theme for the evening will be announced soon. Doors open at 7:30pm, with chanting starting at 8pm. Come and go throughout the evening. Children welcome.
The work of bringing our practice to the world requires that we take time to be present in community together. Join us for a special “kirtan” or group chanting, designed to help everyone discover your brave and peaceful hearts and minds. Singing has always been a natural conduit for storytelling and prayer. Every culture carries its unique flavor and tradition. Kirtan hails from the temples and hearts of India, where it has been practiced for thousands of years. This style of singing is rooted in call and response chanting of sanskrit mantras and devotional songs. At its simplest form, it is considered to be a practice and pathway of self discovery, and a form of yoga/meditation. Each repetition of the mantra is a way to gather our awareness and concentration and to be fully present in the moment. Now more than ever, this ancient practice offers a gentle pathway to clarity and courage during complicated times that call for right action.
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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 2018 Valentine’s day with an powerful evening of practice exploring common obstacles on the path of love, whether with ourselves or others.
ABOUT THE EVENT
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.
ABOUT SHARON SALZBERG
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, Real Love, her latest release by Flatiron Books. Acclaimed for her humorous, 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 is offering call and response chanting as part of the 2017 Caregiver's Retreat with Sharon Salzberg and the Holistic Life Foundation at Garrison Institute in Garrison, NY. This weekend retreat is for any people who care for people, whether in a personal or professional capacity.
Join Lily at the Brooklyn Yoga School for Friday night kirtan from 8-10pm. Kirtan is offered at BYS on a donation sliding scale with a minimum of $10 donation to attend. No tickets are sold ahead of time, simply come and attend! Doors open at 7:30pm, and participants are welcome to come and go throughout the evening.
Start the year with our annual group chant of 108 Hanuman Chalisas in New York City. This is a free event and no experience is required. Chanting led by Krishna Das, Ambika Cooper, Lily Cushman, Shyama Chapin and many more. Participants are welcome to come and go throughout the day. Chant sheets are provided and please bring vegan prasad if you would like to offer.
This event will be livestreamed - check the facebook event HERE for the link on the day of the event.
Lily is offering daily yoga classes as part of Real Love Retreat this September with Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg, Robert AF Thurman, and friends at the Menla Mountain Retreat Center in Phoenicia, NY. Join us for a weekend immersion exploring a world of great possibility in Real Love: The Power of the Loving Heart. These amazing teachers bring a lifetime of experience nurturing a greater capacity for love rooted in both the Buddhist and Bhakti traditions.
Lily will be offering a kirtan as part of the 10th Anniversary Gala Celebration for the Community Meditation Center in Manhattan on Sunday, May 14th, 2017. The event features performances by Malachy McCourt, and others with a special tribute to Sharon Salzberg.
About The Community Meditation Center
The Community Meditation Center is located on Manhattan’s vibrant upper west side. With a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere the CMC offers classes, Insight Meditation (Vipassana) instruction and practice, daylong retreats, workshops, and social events. Some of the world’s most renowned teachers join with guiding teacher Allan Lokos as we endeavor to develop greater compassion, lovingkindness, wisdom, generosity, and equanimity. The CMC exists for all who would seek a more joyful and meaningful life.
Bhakti Yoga: Fully Inhabit Your Life through Devotion
We naturally gravitate toward the things that we love and care about in our lives, however we don’t always have the ability to tend to them how we’d like to. Culturally, the quality of devotion is held in great esteem (“he is such a devoted father”), but we are rarely taught what devotion actually is, how to do it, or it’s relationship to our happiness. In the ancient tradition of Bhakti Yoga, devotion is considered to be a doorway to greater joy and illumination. It is not seen as a quality that you either mysteriously have or don’t, rather something to be developed through practice and repetition. The primary practice is devotional call-and-response chanting of Sanskrit mantras, hailing from the temples and hearts of India, where it has been practiced for thousands of years.
In this workshop, Lily Cushman infuses these ancient techniques with practical tools for a framework to help us fully inhabit our lives through devotion. Students gradually cultivate the skills to:
- Offer the gift of your full attention
- Be less fragmented and scattered
- Infuse your actions with greater purpose and meaning
- Connect with yourself and others (even in challenging circumstances)
- Reconnect with your aspirations when you become sidetracked or bored
- Build resilience to begin again when things don’t go as planned
- Expand your caring circle to include those you have difficulty with or don’t notice at all
Workshop includes dharma talk, call and response chanting practice, discussion and Q/A. Open to all students, no prior experience necessary. This workshop is part of the Science of Self Teacher Training Program, and is also open to the pulbic.