at First Presbyterian Church Santa Monica , (1220 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90401)
Join us for InsightLA's 2018 Benefit, THE AWAKENED HEART: A Day of Practice with Jack Kornfield!
Join us for a joyful day of transformative teachings, wonderful stories, heart practices, and awakening together. In these turbulent and divisive times, more than ever we need ways to steady our hearts, calm our minds, clear our vision and inspire our action. We will cultivate the qualities of courage and love, how to dwell in kind awareness, and how to enhance our natural capacity for care and connection, towards ourselves, our society and all beings. Metta and goodwill–combined with compassion, forgiveness, sympathetic joy and equanimity–are the revolutionary and necessary powers that can transform our lives and mend our world.
A star at dawn, a drop of dew, an echo, a rainbow and a dream. -Buddha
Attendance for this daylong will be limited, and proceeds from this unique benefit support InsightLA's Insight in Action program, which offers scholarships to those in need and provides meditation and mindfulness training to caregivers and those on the front lines of suffering.
About Jack Kornfield:
Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with fellow meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein and the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings, and worked with many of the great teachers of our time.
His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies. They include, A Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology, A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, among others, and his most recent book, No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are.
About Insight in Action:
In service of our mission, the Insight in Action program puts the teachings into practice. This dedicated fundraising effort supports bringing mindfulness and meditation classes to underserved communities and to individuals who would otherwise not have access to these classes. From providing scholarships to those who otherwise would not be able to attend one of our potentially life-changing classes, to funding powerful on-site training at non-profit partners in our community, our generous donors help us bring the benefits of mindfulness to people throughout our city.
Compassion fatigue and burnout is a serious problem in the helping professions and the non-profit sector. But when caregivers, social workers, teachers, and volunteers feel supported and nourished, they are better able to do what they do best: assist those in our community who are most vulnerable and in need.
Insight in Action offers training at no-cost to organizations that work tirelessly to improve lives, such as schools, homeless youth shelters, women's shelters, community hospitals, prisons, police and fire departments, among others. Insight in Action also sponsors meditation and mindfulness training to the populations these organizations serve.
Our Insight in Action program would not be possible without generous donations from our students and supporters. Please consider a tax-deductible gift that will help us in sharing mindfulness and meditation with people and non-profit organizations throughout our city. By offering your generous gift, you are helping fulfill our mission of calming minds, opening hearts, and changing the world.
To learn more about Insight In Action, please click here.
Your gift of $150 will help fund a one-hour training with a non-profit organization in Los Angeles.
Your gift of $200 will sponsor one student in need to learn the essentials of mindfulness meditation at InsightLA.
Your gift of $300 will help fund two one-hour mindfulness trainings at non-profit organizations in Los Angeles.
Your gift of $450 will help fund a half-day mindfulness training at a non-profit organization in Los Angeles.
Your gift of $700 will help fund a daylong mindfulness training at a non-profit organization in Los Angeles.
There is a limited number of priority seating tickets available. Because this event is a fundraiser, there aren't any scholarships available, however we are seeking volunteers who are willing to donate their time to support the event. Volunteers may miss portions of the event, but are welcome to participate as much as they are able.
At InsightLA, we’re dedicated to creating a safe and welcome, open and equitable community that stands firmly against all racial, gender, economic, or religious bias.
InsightLA works to protect the safety of all students. We reserve the right to remove any student from any class, sitting group, retreat, or any event if the student is disruptive to the safe learning environment we maintain for all.