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All Souls Sangha

All are welcome — this group is for those who are curious to learn more about meditation, for both beginners and practicing Buddhists. A sangha is a community of people who come together to meditate and study the practice of Buddhism. Our teacher, Dr. Pilar Jennings, is a frequent contributor to the All Souls Adult Education program, and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism.

When: Our sangha meets monthly, generally 1:30-3pm on the first Sunday of the month (though we meet on the second Sunday of the month on occasion due to holiday weekends). We do not sit on the floor; we sit in chairs.

Our teacher: Dr. Pilar Jennings (www.drpilarjennings.com) is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst who focuses on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation practice. She completed a doctorate in the Psychiatry and Religion Program at Union Theological Seminary. Dr. Jennings is also the author of Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism (2010).

Contact: Pamela Patton Pamela@allsoulsnyc.org

Additional resources recommended by Pilar, Pamela, and members of the Sangha:

Suggested apps, movies, and books

  1. www.insighttimer.com - a free app and online meditation community offering hundreds of guided meditations from teachers throughout the globe. You can choose the duration, focus, and purpose.
  2. www.headspace.com - an app that offers guided meditations and mindfulness training, catering to both beginners and experienced practitioners. There’s a free 10 day trial. After that, it’s via subscription.
  3. Tara Brach's Guided Meditations - www.tarabrach.com/guided-meditations/
  4. "Awake: The Life of Yogananda" – a film about the yogi who brought yoga and meditation to the consciousness of the U.S in the early 20th century. Available on Netflix.
  5. Breathworks, founded by Vidyamala Birch, is an excellent mindfulness resource, and it's especially suited to people experiencing chronic pain. Vidyamala wrote a book called You Are Not Your Pain. You can read more about the book here: https://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Your-Pain-Well-Being/dp/125005267X, and you can read more about Breathworks here: www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk/.
  6. Minding Closely: The Four Applications of Mindfulness by B. Alan Wallace
  7. Books by David Loy
  8. Books by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  9. Soaring and Settling and Buddhism Beyond Patriarchy by Rita Gross.

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Unitarian Church of All Souls

1157 Lexington Avenue, New York NY 10075
Phone: (212) 535-5530 | Fax: (212) 535-5641


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