About this event
“Without imperfection, you or I wouldn’t exist “ — Cornel West, Harvard Divinity School Professor.
Why is imperfection such an important part of the spiritual path? What can we do when we find imperfection in ourselves? Why does the mind strive for perfection and what does the heart really want? In this lecture and meditation session we will talk about the concept of perfection and why being with imperfection is a central value in Buddhist philosophy. At its essence, Buddhism is about connecting to the truth of reality with an open heart. Wanting perfection is a kind of resistance to reality, and it is this resistance to reality that causes suffering. Kindness to all things is the antidote. This is what we will meditate on together. Along the way we will explore concepts of Buddhist demi-gods, enlightenment, non-duality, and the mud from the lotus. Please join this 90 minute workshop to practice healing and nourishing meditation and to start looking at the world through fresh eyes of connection and acceptance. Open to beginners and advanced practitioners alike.
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]