This daytime Practice Group offers a gradual and systematic introduction to the practice of Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and to the teachings of the Buddha that inform this practice. Emphasis is placed on the practices of sitting and walking meditation as well as developing mindfulness in daily life.
Over the course of five weeks, participants will explore mindfulness of the body and of breathing, followed by mindfulness of emotions and thinking. We will practice bringing mindfulness to all aspects of our lives, cultivating kindness and ease.
The course is structured to help participants learn how to establish and sustain a daily meditation practice. Each meeting will include talks, instruction, questions and answers, as well as guided meditation practice.
“The Way of Awareness” is designed for beginners and is also appropriate for those with some meditation experience who would like to revisit the basics of insight meditation and/or deepen their practice. Everyone is welcome.
Zeenat Potia is an immigrant to the United States, and a working mother of two young daughters. Her teaching stems from an aspiration to create a kinder, wiser, and more sustainable world for all who live in it. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Zeenat grew up immersed in its diverse religious and secular traditions, and this inspired her inquiry into meditation. Arriving at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in 2009, it was love at first breath.
Zeenat has over 15 years of combined meditation and yoga training, including extensive silent retreat experience at the Insight Meditation Society, a 200-hour yoga certification through YogaWorks, and certification through Mindful Schools. She teaches mindfulness at Harvard University, Cambridge Public Schools, Decibel Therapeutics, and other organizations in the Boston area. She also teaches at CIMC, where she has served on the Board of Directors, since 2012. Zeenat integrates a business career of over 20 years in strategic communications in the higher education, non-profit, and publishing sectors at Harvard Business School, Oxfam America, and the Times of India into her corporate offerings.