LGBTQI Meditation & Talk at New York Insight


Insight meditation is a way to develop wisdom and compassion. Let’s get together for an evening of meditation with instruction led by a NY Insight Practice Leader followed by a talk from the author of Enlightenment by Trial and Error, Jay Michaelson. We can go for tea afterwards for a conversation if your schedule allows.

Meditation is a wonderful tool to keep us grounded and sane in our fast-paced world.

Here is the event description from NY Insight – Insight OUT Refuge: LGBTQI Sangha & Allies

From the (Internalized) Closets to the (Intersectional) Streets

with Jay Michaelson

This Insight Out LGBTQI Sangha evening sit is open to all.

Queer theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick argued that “coming out” is not a one-time event, but takes place every day in countless interactions. Drawing on insights from his new book Enlightenment by Trial and Error, longtime insight, jhana, and mindfulness teacher Jay Michaelson will talk about how this phenomenon manifests in life and meditation, and how we can work with the insights of the closet to build bonds of solidarity with other targeted groups.

The meditation sit will be led by NYI Practice Leader Katherine Marx from 6:30-7:15pm, followed by a talk and Q&A given by Jay Michaelson at 7:15pm. The new book will be available for purchase.

Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Jay Michaelson works both as a featured columnist for the Daily Beast and a meditation teacher in Buddhist and Jewish traditions. Jay is on the board of directors of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and has taught at BCBS, Harvard Divinity School, Omega, and numerous retreat centers around the country.

His six books include The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path and Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism & the Next Generation of Enlightenment. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University, and was a professional LGBTQ activist for ten years.