Our First Grant Received: Funding of 33 Online Sessions

Newark Center for Meditative Culture (NCMC) received our very first grant as a 501c3 non-profit organization in early April from the Victoria Foundation Fund and the Thrive Neighborhood Initiative Fund in partnership with the Greater Newark LISC. Part of the funding was allocated to assist with online meditation workshops and sessions due to the covid19 emergency. A portion was to support online workshops specifically in two neighborhoods of Newark, but viewership broadened in scope.
NCMC is grateful for the opportunity provided us by the leaders of these organizations to be able to serve the community virtually in this difficult time we are in.
The sponsorship enabled us to provide two 2-part qigong workshops, two 2-part yoga workshops, one 8-part guided meditation in spanish, two 4-part guided meditation series, and one 3-part meditation series. As well, we produced six online community self-care mindfulness workshops. These online sessions were also used to support Newark’s Be Still Monday initiative.
In total there were 31 videos (of 33 sessions produced) ranging from about 15-60 minutes each. You can see our developing video library on NCMC’s YouTube Channel.



In the Face of the Pandemic and Social Injustice: Living in UNCERTAINTY with CLARITY & COMPASSION: • Dr. Rebecca Li • ONLINE Wed. June 3, 10, 17 7PM ET

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

3 STAND-ALONE SESSIONS:
Choose as many sessions as you like.
Good for beginning to intermediate meditators.

ALL WELCOME. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://bit.ly/2BdNRUz

WED. JUNE 3 • 7PM EST
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.)
WED. JUNE 10 • 7PM EST
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.)
WED. JUNE 17 • 7PM EST
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.)

ALL WELCOME. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: https://bit.ly/2BdNRUz


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.


NEW! Free Personal Meditation Coaching • NEW! Weekly Online Practice Tips

NEW! FREE Personal Meditation Coaching by Email or Phone
While physically unable to practice with us, if you feel a need for meditation and mindfulness coaching or guidance or simply have questions about your practice, just email us at info@newarkmeditation.org and we will connect you with the appropriate teacher for a phone or email interview.
NEW! Weekly Online Practice Tips on Video
Check out the on-the-go videos that we’ll post weekly on Facebook, Instagram, and our Website starting next Wednesday. We’ll offer reflections, tips, and short meditations and exercises. We hope to see your comments and questions on the posts too!

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! 


We are closing our center to the public until further notice.

To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 we are closing our center to the public until further notice.

CURRENT PROGRAMS POSTPONED
Monday Yoga with Ella
Tuesday Meditation with Javier

POTENTIALLY POSTPONED
Wednesday Tai Chi with Shaka (3/25 start)
Monday Yoga with Fadja (4/20 start)

We will make decisions on rescheduling and
starting new programs as the situation warrants.

Please check our Website, Facebook, and Instagram posts for updates.

For information contact us at info@newarkmeditation.org.


Tai Chi & Qi Gong: A Path to Health & Wellness starts Wednesday, March 25

6-WEEK COURSE

Visiting Teacher Shaka Georges (See bio at registration site.) Limited Space Up to 12 students.
Dates Wednesdays, March 25 to April 29 (3/25,4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29)
Time 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Level Beginning to Intermediate
Course Fee $60 paid in advance online. (Refund up to 4/28)
Location NCMC, 2 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102

ENROLL NOW: ncmc-taichi-qigong.eventbrite.com

Description Tai Chi is known as “meditation in motion.” The practice of Tai Chi emphasizes the awareness of our body, mind, and the world around us, as well as the interaction of the three systems. Tai Chi teaches you to pay attention to your movements and the transition of your movements. This allows you to remain cognizant and engaged as you carry on your day to day activities. You are therefore more likely to avoid dysfunctional habits such as poor posture and movements that may lead to falls or painful muscles. Additionally, studies have shown that this focus improves your mental health. The thinking, mindfulness, or awareness required and bolstered by Tai Chi has been shown to improve your cognitive ability and actually make your brain grow!

Objective To help develop an active lifestyle in order to improve health and wellness.

Curriculum        

Week 1 Breath and Posture: Practice of deep breathing and walking meditation.
Week 2 Relaxation and Movement: Standing meditation and Wave Hands Like Cloud.
Week 3 Qigong Exercise: Practice of the 8 Pieces of Brocade and the Muscle/Tendon Changing.
Week 4 Opening of Tai Chi: Breakdown of the Tai Chi form into individual postures.
Week 5 Tai Chi Short Form: The practice of the 37-Movement Short Form.
Week 6 Putting It all Together:
In-depth performance of the Short Form.

ENROLL NOW: ncmc-taichi-qigong.eventbrite.com

A fee-based program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.

Contact us with questions at info@newarkmeditation.org.


REVIEW: A Day of Firsts — The First Retreat in Our First Home

ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd we held our first retreat in our first home at 2 Park Place. The topic was Community-Building with Clarity & Compassion. You can see from the faces of the students that it was a wonderful experience! It was fitting that Rebecca Li led the retreat as she has been supporting programs with NCMC since 2012.

We are grateful to her for dharma and meditation teachings as practiced by Dharma Drum, to Leslie of I’m So Yoga for her yoga session, and to Kathryn Davis of Heart of Mind Radio for her qigong session.

And what a great team of volunteers we had! Thank you to Ella and Ivette for their retreat day support, to Tenisha for social media promotions, and to her daughter Ariyan for the fantastic photos. We are grateful for the delicious vegan meal, a kind donation prepared by a veteran caterer, Vijaya Dharmapuri.

A special thanks to Jennifer, General Coordinator; Vijay, Food Coordinator; and Javier, Deputy Coordinator, as well as to Andrea, our Treasurer, for registration coordination.

The students were awesome, engaged, and attentive — comprehending with keen awareness the powerful yet invisible dynamics of community.

See more photos in our Retreat Album on Facebook.


DAY-LONG RETREAT: Community Building with Clarity & Compassion

Led by teacher REBECCA LI with Kathryn Davis & Leslie.

MEDITATION | MINDFULNESS | YOGA | QIGONG | DHARMA TALK | DISCUSSION | VEGGIE LUNCH

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Newark Center for Meditative Culture, 2  Park Place, Newark, NJ

REGISTER NOW! (Link will take you to Eventbrite.)

Choose Full or Half Day Participation:
Full-day: 10:00am-4:30pm
Half-day: 10:00am-2:00pm -or- 12:30pm-4:30pm

A donation-based Program, suggested:
Adults
$30 full / $20 half
Students 18+ $20 full / $15 half
Youths 7-17 Free accompanied by adult.

In this day-long retreat, the invisible yet powerful dynamics in community life are discussed, encouraging practitioners to cultivate a keen awareness of them to engage in community life with wisdom and compassion. Dharma and meditation teacher Rebecca Li will lead this retreat that will include guided meditation, mindful movement practice, dharma talk, and discussion. As well, Leslie will lead a gentle yoga session in the morning while Kathryn Davis will lead a flowing qigong session in the afternoon.

Appropriate for beginners and experienced participants. Youths aged 7-17 who can sit quietly are welcome to attend with adults for free. Vegetarian lunch included. Wheelchair access, ground floor.

REGISTER NOW!   (Link will take you to Eventbrite.)

For inquiries contact us at info@newarkmeditation.org.

A donation-based program of Newark Center for Meditative Culture.