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The Mindfulness Project at New York University

238 Thompson Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York 10012

Description of Organization

The Mindfulness Project is a landmark program that unites faculty, staff and students of NYU interested in learning meditation practices from multiple wisdom traditions. This innovative program desires to enrich participants’ lives through the transformative capabilities that mindfulness presents. The Mindfulness Project works through New York University’s Center for Spiritual Life, a multi-faith initiative designed to enhance the educational experience at NYU by fostering a community of scholars who support religious expression, leadership, integrity, mutual respect, and open dialogue.

Grants(s) Awarded

In 2012, the Mindfulness Program at NYU received a Women in Buddhism grant of $2,500 in order to bring leading female Buddhist teachers to the NYU campus, provide a safe space to discuss the experience of female Buddhist practitioners and leaders, and to support the practice and leadership of young women Buddhists on campus. These talks were filmed and posted to the program's website and shared via social media for future re-use, as well as for viewing at other colleges, universities, and meditation communities around the globe.

In 2015, the Mindfulness Program at NYU received a second Women in Buddhism grant for $2,500 to fund a special NYU event, “Standing Up, Sitting Still: Women, Buddhism and Social Change.” This event took place in March 2015, as part of the University’s weeklong celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s relationship with Buddhist luminaries such as Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as the integration of eastern spirituality into his work. This event was an innovative incorporation of mind, body, and spirit by offering attendees a lively discussion from the feminist perspective on Buddhism and its often-misunderstood relationship to social change including a panel discussion with prominent female Buddhist teachers, some light yoga practice, and guided meditation.  Participants were able to view the event in person or via video recording.

In 2016, the Mindfulness Program at NYU received a third Women in Buddhism grant for $2,500 to fund a special NYU series, “Making Room on the Dais: Women Teaching the Dharma.” The monthly discussions, as part of the Monday evening meditation offerings, focused on topics speaking to Buddhism and women such as: Eroticism and the Power of the Sacred Feminine in Buddhism; Love, Women, and Mindfulness Practice: what Buddhism can teach us about self-empowerment; and Women, Meditation and Power.  The program culminated in a large public event with Buddhist teacher, Tara Brach. Those not in attendance were able to view the event by accessing a video via NYU’s YouTube channel.

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