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Loving Kindness in Unkind Times: Heart & Mind Training for Difficult Emotions | 10AM-5PM


10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Loving Kindness in Unkind Times: Heart & Mind Training for Difficult Emotions
A Daylong Meditation Retreat with Rachel Hammerman and Nina Herzog

In this daylong retreat, Nalanda Institute Faculty Rachel Hammerman and Nina Herzog explore how we can apply the wisdom of ancient Buddhist meditation practices of Loving Kindness and Mindfulness to the confusion and chaos of our modern lives. As our society veers toward exclusion that fuels fear, how can we meet the anxiety with compassion? How can we use the timeless teachings of the Buddha to help restore our energy for action and avoid burnout or “compassion fatigue?” Join us as we train in loving kindness, compassion and mindfulness practices that help us stay present in challenging times, work skillfully with the arising of difficult emotions, and apply the antidote of connectedness to mitigate increasing division and isolation.

The day will include sitting and walking meditation, teaching, discussion and communication exercises. All are welcome to attend (some meditation experience is useful but not required). This program is presented in partnership with the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.

Saturday, October 26; 10am-5pm |  General:$80/Members:$72    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Tibet House US Gallery
22 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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About the Presenters

Rachel Hammerman

Rachel Hammerman teaches insight meditation and is a career coach. A meditation faculty member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, she teaches Loving Kindness practice on Friday afternoons at the Tibet House in NYC. She is certified to teach Mindfulness by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and by Mark Coleman and Martin Aylward’s Mindfulness Training Institute, where she completed her training. Rachel is grateful to offer the practices and teachings as she’s received them from the leading meditation teachers in the West, including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Joe Loizzo, Bob Thurman and her dharma mentors, Oren Jay Sofer and Mark Coleman. Rachel graduated from the Nalanda Institute’s 2-Year Contemplative Psychotherapy Program and participated in Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training. As a coach, Rachel synthesizes insight meditation with 15 years of strategic communications experience to help people set career direction, grow their business and cultivate relationships with ease. She has a BA in Sociology from Tufts University and learned to meditate using the app, Ten Percent Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.

Nina Herzog

Nina Herzog is a graduate of the Nalanda Institute Contemplative Psychotherapy Program and is a member of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science’s meditation faculty, teaching lunchtime meditation on Tuesdays and a social-justice centered teaching on Mondays at Tibet House in NYC. She is a consultant and trainer on harm reduction, trauma-informed care, LGBTQI cultural competency and evidence-based practices for housing providers, foundations and universities. Under the Gestalt Center for Psychoanalysis and Training, she provides psychotherapy through its clinic. She has a BA in political science from Barnard College, a master’s in urban planning from NYU and an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Nina’s teachers include Sharon Salzberg, Pilar Jennings, Tara Brach and Joe Loizzo. Her dharma mentor is Sebene Selassie.