Announcements

It often feels like our lives are so hectic and busy that we don’t have time to notice the many neighbors, strangers and so many other living creatures that surround us everywhere at every moment in this great metropolis.  It’s easy to forget that our lives are supported by and interconnected...
A steady mind and an open heart are required to make wise and loving decisions for ourselves and others.  Ven. Dr. Pannavati has designed this practice-based weekend to support engaged practice through a deep cultivation of concentration and mindfulness.  As a leader in the vanguard of...
The Buddhist word for meditation is "bhavana," which means "to make grow,"  to use contemplative techniques to develop an understanding and mastery of one's own mind.  All Buddhist traditions cultivate wisdom and ethics through meditation and teach both concentration (Pali: samatha) and/...
No classes will be held May 22 or May 29. Join us each week for meditation instruction and sitting practice led by members of the IDP Teaching Staff. Appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators, this afternoon session offers guided instruction, discussion, and opportunity for...
Online Community Meditation and Discussion Led by Jackie StewartSunday Nights at 7-8PM EST Come together (from wherever you are) and take some time to breathe before the start of a new week. We’ll meditate together and discuss approachable ways to settle the mind and create spaciousness for...
Would you like to feel more centered? To meet the stresses and unpredictability of life with a sense of balance? Can you imagine having a less negative mental narrative about yourself?   We've designed this class for everyone interested in learning to live a mindful life, or deepening their...
This six-week course will examine the relationship between inner peace and world peace. Using traditional practices, including the Eightfold Path, we’ll learn techniques to understand how we can cultivate a harmonious relationship to our own mind, laying the foundation and building the capacity to...
“You are the world expert on your life, your body, and your mind, or at least you are in the best position to become that expert if you observe carefully. Part of the adventure of meditation is to use yourself as a laboratory to find out who you are and what you are capable of doing.” – Jon Kabat-...

Featured Events

Sun, 5/29/2016, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Online Community Meditation and Discussion Led by Jackie StewartSunday Nights at 7-8PM EST
Wed, 6/1/2016, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
This six-week course will examine the relationship between inner peace and world peace. Using traditional practices, including the Eightfold Path, we...
Fri, 6/3/2016, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Metta, or Lovingkindness Meditation (LKM), is the practice of wishing oneself and others happiness, health, and ease. Based on traditional Buddhist...

Blog

What is Mindfulness of Breath when You Can't Breathe? May 29
Warning – I describe in some graphic detail the recuperation from a surgery.
Infographic: 3 Levels of Meditation April 29
What does meditation look like beyond mindfulness? I made this infographic to offer a quick overview of the three levels of meditation: Presence,...
Real Happiness Week 4: How Metta Changes the World February 28
The first time I learned lovingkindness meditation, or metta, I was at a weekend retreat a couple of hours away from my house. As I drove home, I...

Podcasts & Videos

Don’t Be a Jerk - Zen Priest Brad Warner May 16
Zen priest and bestselling author Brad Warner discusses his new book Don’t Be a Jerk, which...
Learn To Meditate February 2
Meditation is a skill everyone can practice, using simple techniques to become present with your...
Community Night September 19
Join IDP teachers Kim, Kate, and Mona for an evening of discussion and contemplation in a friendly...

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