About this event
$25 | Online via Zoom
The summer is such a great time to lounge around reading poetry. How does poetry support a spiritual practice? Why is poetry considered one of the many paths to enlightenment? Honoring the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, in which poetry has long been one of the primary means of expressing spiritual experience, we will look at poetry and Buddhism, read and analyze poems together, and explore how to read a poem as a spiritual experience. Poems come from a place of heightened awareness. They help us see ourselves and our reality in a different light, they shake up our patterns, and they ease suffering. Join to hear some delicious poems, do a poetry reading practice, and meditate. No prior experience with poetry (or dharma) necessary. You will get a bundle of amazing poems after!
Elizabeth Pyjov, JD, MTS holds three Harvard degrees and has taught over 30 programs at Tibet House US in the last eight years. Her background is varied and diverse. She studied the neuroscience, philosophy, and pedagogy of compassion at Stanford Medical School with the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Elizabeth graduated from magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Romance Languages and Literatures and the Classics. She finished a joint degree at Harvard Law School (J.D.) and Harvard Divinity School (MTS, Buddhist Studies) in 2020. She has taught compassion meditation at Stanford University, Harvard Law School, Columbia University, NYU Medical School, Deutsche Bank, Novartis, Warby Parker, the Rubin Museum, Horace Mann, and the Harvard Club of New York. In the past, Elizabeth has worked for the Global Justice Center, the NY Attorney General’s Office, and Click Therapeutics in New York City; for Italian television at RAI International in Rome; the United Nations in Geneva; and at the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) in Palo Alto, CA. She has worked or studied in Argentina, Italy, France, Peru, Switzerland, Russia, and Spain. Her international experience has led her to understand that among those of different traditions, customs, and religions, people find happiness in many of the same ways. They want to be healthy, do meaningful work, and be close to loved ones—and what brings joy is kindness, a caring attitude, and compassion. She is delighted to be teaching compassion in New York City and over Zoom. Please reach out to her anytime at [email protected]