"If the body is not cultivated, the mind cannot be cultivated. If the body is cultivated, then the mind can be cultivated." (Majjhima Nikaya 36)
Can we hear the deep call to embodiment in the teachings, or is our head–centered approach to life inhibiting our deeper understanding of the Buddhadharma? Are we truly aware of the breath or are we just thinking about it? What's the difference?
The First Foundation of Mindfulness is mindfulness of the body, but many of us in the modern, Western context have a hard time getting out of our heads to "cultivate the body." In this workshop we will explore and practice this First Foundation of Mindfulness and connect more deeply to this key part of the path to liberation.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include specific instructions, guided practice, discussions and time for questions. Everyone is welcome.
Sebene Selassie began studying Buddhism over 25 years ago as an undergraduate at McGill University where she majored in Comparative Religious Studies. She has an MA from the New School where she focused on race and cultural studies. She is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader (CDL4) program at Spirit Rock and continues her training with her primary teachers, Thanissara and Kittisaro. Sebene serves on the boards of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and Sacred Mountain Sangha. She is passionate about making the dharma accessible and relevant for our times and teaches regularly in New York City and nationally.