Kathy will lead the sangha is a very special breathwork praticum, and Allan will give a dharma talk entitled, “BUDDHISM, PSYCHEDELICS, AND CLIMATE CHANGE—THE TRAJECTORY OF PSYCHEDELIC DHARMA IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CRISIS.”
What is Breathwork?
Breathwork is an active form of meditation that uses a two-part breath to shift stuck emotional energy. This clearing out can happen in our physical self as well as in out belief systems. When we breathe consciously and with purpose- focusing all of our attention on that- it has the ability to bypass the thinking mind, allowing us to stay with the felt sense in the body. Because we aren’t engaged in defending, or blaming, or the other ways we shut down around our feelings- the breath is able partner with our nervous system, helping us to flush out some of the emotional bracing or baggage that we might be carrying. Shifting stuck emotional energy facilitates the release of strong emotions like anger and grief in their pure, felt form. Most people describe feeling softer, more spacious and less burdened.
Who is Kathy Cherry?
Kathy Cherry is a founding member of DharmaPunx NYC with almost two decades of dedicated mindfulness practice in the Insight Meditation tradition. Trained by Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Community to teach the Buddha Dharma, she has also completed a 400 hour coaching certification through iPEC and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in Training. Kathy teaches weekly vipassana and breathwork classes at DharmaPunx NYC and MNDFL, New York’s premier meditation studio, and is available for corporate and individual sessions geared towards embodiment, compassion and practical wisdom both on and off the cushion.
Who is Allan Badiner?
Allan Badiner is the editor of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics (Synergetic Press). He also edited the books, “Dharma Gaia: A Harvest in Buddhism and Ecology” and “Mindfulness in the Marketplace” (Parallax Press) and he is a contributing editor at Tricycle magazine. His written work appears in other books including “Dharma Family Treasures,” “Meeting the Buddha, “Ecological Responsibility: A Dialogue with Buddhism,” and “The Buddha and the Terrorist.” Allan holds a masters degree from the College of Buddhist Studies in LA and he has served on the board of Rainforest Action Network for 26 years. Allan believes the potential of psychedelics as an awakening to higher consciousness needs to be seen in an ecological context.
6:30 - 7 PM // Checkin & Preliminaries
7:00 - 8:00 PM // Breathwork Practicum: Kathy Cherry
8:15 - 9:30 // Dharma Talk: Allan Badiner
9:30 PM // Closing
The Judson Memorial Church has served as a home for experimental, boundary-pushing art, social justice and spirituality for many decades in NYC. We are excited and very grateful to have them as a supporting host for our monthly Gatherings.