Living in Uncertainty with Clarity & Compassion — In the Face of the Pandemic and Social Injustice

A Free 3-Part Practice Series on Zoom
Guided Meditations and Dharma Talks including Q&A’s and Discussion

Taught by Dr. Rebecca Li

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3 STAND-ALONE SESSIONS:
Good for beginning to intermediate meditators.

Choose as many sessions as you are able to commit to:

Part 1—Practicing in Uncertainty
Guided meditation and talk on how to use meditation practice to handle anxiety and frustration in the face of continued social injustice amidst the stress caused by the pandemic. It will be followed by a Q&A.
(LIVE guided meditation, talk, and Q&A with Rebecca.)
Part 2—Cultivating Clarity
Guided meditation followed by a talk on how meditation can help us cultivate clear awareness of our body, mind and environment and allow joy into our heart when we are in a stressful situation.
(Recorded talk and meditation by Rebecca; LIVE discussion with Kazi.)
Part 3—Cultivating Compassion
Guided meditation followed by a talk on how we can use meditation to be fully present with ourselves and to cultivate compassion to ourselves and people around us.
(Recorded talk and meditation by Rebecca; LIVE discussion with Marcie.)

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ABOUT THE TEACHER
Dr Rebecca Li a Dharma heir in the Dharma Drum lineage of Chan Master Sheng Yen, started practicing meditation in 1995. She began her teacher’s training with him in 1999 to become a Dharma and meditation instructor. Later on, she trained with John Crook and Simon Child to lead intensive retreats and received full Dharma transmission from Child in 2016. Currently, she leads Chan retreats, teaches meditation and Dharma classes, and gives public lectures in North America and the U.K.  She is the founder and guiding teacher of Chan Dharma Community and a sociology professor at The College of New Jersey, where she also serves as faculty director of the Alan Dawley Center for the Study of Social Justice. You can find her talks and writings at www.rebeccali.org. Rebecca is a Visiting Teacher with NCMC.


A program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture. Sponsored by the Victoria Foundation.


Breathing in Fearlessly, Breathing Out Love & Compassion

So many of us are currently on hold or going through our everyday motions not knowing what will be the “new normal.” We are all out on a limb. We can choose to be accepting and in this moment as it is, look ahead at the good that can be, and breath in fearlessly with a sense of humor and hope.
With gratitude for life and the understanding that there are many who have been living on a true precipice of life and death for months and even years, we can then breath out with love and compassion for ourselves and the world.
With this in mind, we can look forward with optimism:

  • As soon as circumstances allow, NCMC will restart our anchor Meditation & Mindfulness Class, on Tuesday evenings with current and new students alike.
  • We will reschedule our postponed Yoga Chakras Course, Tai-Chi Qi-Gong Wellness Course, and Yoga Creativity Course along with our second Women’s Retreat Day that was so well attended and successful last year.
  • A new 3-part workshop Waking Up in This Life is planned for May using practices across traditions and exploring daily transitions as our tools.
  • Also in May, NCMC looks forward to participating in a Walk to Feed the Hungry to be held in Branch Brook Park in Newark.
  • In summer our intent is to once again take meditation outdoors in Military Park. We will feature eight stand-alone workshops Experiencing Urban Nature where will explore our six senses, the four natural elements, and the practice of “forest bathing.”
  • In late summer we expect to start a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) for eight consecutive weeks. This is an all purpose method for stress management. We’ve needed it before, we need it now, and we’ll certainly need it then!
  • At the end of June we plan to hold a fun and purposeful First Annual Fundraiser with the goal to raise funds to add another room to our center for a Learning Library/Tea Lounge/Community Room. We are excited to expand our service and commitment to the community.

These are our current plans. We know they may change so we remain flexible, with minds open — ready to adapt to whatever situations may play out.

Please plan to join us, making adjustments as we go! 




Why meditate? … Why tie your shoes?

Like many things we do regularly, as monotonous as they might appear, there is always a purpose. We choose good purposes and bad purposes. To develop mindfulness and meditation can open your eyes to what is truly in front of you and help you to make good choices. It is proven to reduce stress and bring more focus to your mind. Done in community it expands to our ever-evolving culture and can result in a more collective peace of mind. You might even tie your shoes more skillfully, and as if for the first time.

Weekly Meditation & Mindful Movement | Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:45pm | 2 Park Place, Newark, NJ | Donation-based, Youths free. | Translations in Español and Português available. Family friendly. | There will be no class on Nov. 26th.

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A pin drop was Audible as they meditated..

In the afternoon of October 10th on World Mental Health Day, NCMC provided a meditation workshop for Audible in Newark. Facilitating this program for about 20 employees were Javier Cruz and Andrea Lee of NCMC. Javier provided guided meditation in mindfulness of body, breath, and mental states, while Andrea made the program introduction and led the mindful movement session.

The coordinator at Audible mentioned that the workshop was well received and that the employees attending were excited about an opportunity to de-stress, clear their minds, and practice mindfulness. We appreciate the second opportunity that this Newark-based corporation gave us to help bring mindfulness and develop happiness in the workplace.


Free 10-Week Fall Meditation with Mindful Movement Classes: Traducciones en español • Translations in Spanish as necessary.

10-Week Fall Series: Thursdays, Sep. 12 thru Nov. 14. An after-work meditation and mindful movement group. Starts Thursday evening 5:30-7:00pm. Free fall session meditation and mindful movement classes led by J. Javier Cruz. Practice meditation and mindfulness to integrate less stress, and more love and peace into your daily life. Feel free coming late if necessary! Family friendly. Held at 317 Elm St. Newark NJ.
Sesión de otoño de 10 semanas: jueves 12 de septiembre al 14 de noviembre. Un grupo de meditación y movimiento consciente después del trabajo. Comienza el jueves por la noche de 5:30 a 7:00 p.m. Sesión de caída libre del clases de meditación y movimiento consciente dirigidas por J. Javier Cruz. Practica la meditación y la atención plena para integrar menos estrés, y mas amor y paz en tu vida diaria. ¡Siéntete libre de llegar tarde si es necesario! Familia amable. Held at 317 Elm St. Newark NJ.
A free program of NCMC in cooperation with Ironbound Community Corporation Family Success Center.


Free Six-Week Fall Tai-Chi Series in Military Park

Join us for another free six-week series of Tai-Chi Classes using the Yang short form and qi-gong exercises with Shaka Georges, visiting teacher with NCMC. Gentle, healing, and easy-to-learn movement practice. No registration required, join as you can. Weather permitting on the Meditation Lawn on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm, Sep 11 through Oct 16. | A free program of NCMC in cooperation with Military Park Partnership.


Tai-Chi with NCMC in Military Park to begin September 11th

Join us in September for another free six-week series of Tai-Chi Classes using the Yang short form and qi-gong exercises with Shaka Georges, visiting teacher with NCMC. Gentle, healing, and easy-to-learn movement practice. No registration required, join as you can. (Shaka’s class will also run for 6 weeks in the fall.) Weather permitting on the Meditation Lawn on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm, Sep 11 through Oct 16. | A free program of NCMC held in cooperation with Military Park Partnership.


Conscientious Cooperative Living and the Environment is First Topic of Deep Ecology II Interviews

WATCH NOW: An interview with Abe Gruswitz of Our Community on the cooperative housing movement and it’s benefits for our environment.

These Deep Ecology II interviews with guest presenters, experts in their fields, are hosted by Ib’nallah S. Kazi throughout August 2019 and will be posted on NCMCs YouTube channel and other social media. This is a continuing program based on our Deep Ecology I lectures in 2017.

If you like the content of this video please consider making a small contribution to NCMC to help sustain our programming. Peace and love.

A free program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture in conjunction with The Spirit Centered Life.