Open Dharma Night with Kate Johnson & Lani Feinberg-Rowe

Free for First-Time Students to IDP!


The Interdependence Project
302 Bowery 3rd Floor / Middle buzzer
New York, NY 10012
United States
Phone: 917.675.7151


Mon, 1/6/2014, 7:00pm - 9:00pm




Join us for a Secular Buddhist discussion and guided meditation, and begin your New Year with a resolution to practice. Bring a first-time visitor to IDP and both of you are admitted for free!

Why do we meditate? Why don't we meditate? How does practicing meditation impact our mental health and well-being? What are some of the common misconceptions of meditation? What does it really mean to practice meditation and study Buddhism? These are some of the questions that will be asked and answered in this open class, designed for beginners as well as more experienced students.

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience our unique, Secular Buddhist teachings, teachers, and friendly community.  Bring someone you care about to learn about the benefits of mindfulness!




Kate Johnson is a lifelong dancer and longtime yogi, who finally learned to sit still at The Interdependence Project, where she completed the first year-long Training Immersion Program in December 2011.  A student in the Insight (Vipassana) meditation tradition, she also is a graduate of the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation teacher training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and finished a three month retreat at Insight Meditation Center in 2013. Kate teaches yoga and mindfulness meditation to high school students in public schools throughout NYC, and is a co-owner of Third Root Community Health Center (, a radically accessible holistic health care cooperative in Brooklyn, NY.


Lani Rowe holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and was the founding student coordinator of the MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics and Society. Her dissertation was entitled "Love and War in the Writings of St. Augustine." She is currently a business and technology consultant for small businesses and non-profits and serves as Membership Director on the IDP board, and is a graduate of the 2012 IDP Yearlong Immersion Program. Although she claims no lineage, she is profoundly grateful for the community and home she’s found at IDP and is particularly influenced by the legacy and teachings of the late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, as well as the living Zen luminary Thich Nhat Hanh.

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Event Price

Free for all new students
$10 IDP Membership All Levels

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