Tag Archives: meditation

Meditate and Destroy: Meditation & Conversation with Josh Korda

josh-korda-dharma-punkFrom Kate Gilbert ’18:

Join us for meditation and conversation with Josh Korda, dharma teacher and member of the Against the Stream Buddhist community. Korda, whose past is deeply rooted in punk culture, has channeled his dissatisfaction with contemporary America into Buddhist practice. Korda now teaches in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, and he brings a special perspective to this form of practice.

In a documentary on Dharma Punx NYC, Korda explains his ideology: “Buddhism is about dissatisfaction. The Buddha was dissatisfied with material life. And of people who come to Dharma Punx are very dissatisfied. They’re very dissatisfied with 21st century America, with capitalism, with their limited opportunities, with being massively in debt. The ephemeral quality of relationships these days is dominated by social media… how little real connection they have with one another. You should be dissatisfied. There is something wrong. And this is a practice to help you channel that dissatisfaction in a way that you can find true lasting happiness.”

For more information on Against the Stream Meditation Society, check out their website. Please email me with any questions: kngilbert[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 5:30 – 8 PM
Place: Downey House Lounge

Let’s Be Still: Restorative Yoga and Meditation Workshop

5639a82bfee6ae6c5adf056af08b3d65From Kate Gilbert ’18:

Feel like taking a pause from the hectic energy of springtime at Wes?
Want to take a moment for yourself before the semester comes to a close?

Join us for a FREE restorative yoga and meditation workshop this Saturday!

We will be exploring a few different restorative yoga poses taught by WesBAM yoga instructor Zandy followed by a body scan meditation and silent sit led by Mindfulness Intern Kate.

We welcome all bodies and encourage all levels of experience.

Sponsored by WesBAM and Mindfulness @ Wes

Date: Saturday, April 30
Time: 1PM-2:15PM
Place: Fayerweather 108 (Dance Studio)

Two events on the science of mindfulness and meditation

Sent in from the very mindful Katie McLaughlin ’15

There are two very cool events going on this Thursday that will look at the science behind mindfulness and meditation. Please come to one, come to both, bring a friend, or send a friend! Hope to see you all there.

Professor Britton’s Seminar — Contemplative Science: Uniting Internal and External Technologies

This lunch lecture will examine the neurological effects of meditation and mindfulness. The BRITTON LAB studies contemplative, affective, and clinical neuroscience and the effects of contemplative practices on cognitive, emotional, and physiological aspects of affective disturbances. https://vivo.brown.edu/display/wbritton

Where: Shanklin Laboratory Room107 (Kerr Lecture Hall)
When: Thursday April 9 from 12:00-1:0
Cost: Free


All Student Workshop and Dinner: Contemplative Practice

Join us for a dinner conversation with Willoughby Britton, PhD about everything we know about mindfulness.

We will provide Thai Food. Please RSVP to the facebook event so we don’t waste any food.

Willoughby Britton, PhD is a clinical psychologist, neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Brown Medical School. She has taught meditation to prisoners, the terminally ill, distressed adolescents, and anxious, depressed and stressed adults. She has studied the effects of meditation for more than 15 years and lectured internationally on the neurobiological and psychological effects.

Where: Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street
When: Thursday April 9 from 6:30-9:00
Cost: Free!!!

Meditation at Buddhist House


From Kobi Bordoley ’16:

Stressed about midterms? The impending flood of parents this weekend? Join Buho every Monday and Thursday at 5:30 PM for meditation. All are welcome! For more information contact Kobi Bordoley (jbordoley[at]wesleyan[dot]edu).

Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Buddhist House, 356 Washington St.

Zen Buddhist Dharma Talk with Ryushin: “What is Death if There is No Self”


Nikki “meditation master” Dodd ’15 has planned yet another one of a kind event. 

 A Talk by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei, Abbott of Zen Mountain Monastery:
“What Is Death if There Is No Self: A Zen Buddhist Perspective on Complete Freedom and Responsibility.”

Wesleyan Chapel, Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m. Free admission and open to the public.In spiritual practice there is a tension between security and mystery, a need to find stability in order to release our choke hold on reality. Yet without releasing that choke hold there is no liberation. Zen Buddhism and its perspective on the self shows us how we can let go of our defensiveness and in doing so we can also let go of our fear of death, others, and the unpredictability of our minds. Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei Ryushin Sensei is the abbot and resident teacher of Zen Mountain Monastery. Ryushin Sensei came to the dharma through Vipassana meditation, eventually shifting to Zen practice and taking Daido Roshi as his teacher in 1987. After a medical career that included pediatrics and psychiatry, he entered full-time residential training in 1992; he received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 2009.

Ryushin will meet and talk with students at 4pm in the Buddhist house meditation room. At 7:30pm He will deliver his lecture in the chapel. Ryushin is an excellent speaker and a great resource for those interested in, or curious about Zen Buddhism.

What: Open discussion with Ryushin followed by a death, freedom and selflessness Dharma talk
When: Monday, April 7th 
Time: 4:00 pm for the informal chat, 7:30 pm for the lecture
Where: Buddhist house meditation room / Chapel 
Cost: Free!!

Meditation and you

The lovely Katie McLaughlin ’15 is keeping you in mind. Another memo:


Wesleyan’s month of mindfulness is kicking off its first FREE class this Wednesday night from 6:30-7:30 PM. There will also be a hike this Sunday February 9 (2-5 PM) with the outing club that will entail about an hour of hiking followed by journaling with tea and cocoa in outhouse. Please email Katie at kmclaughlin(at)wesleyan(dot)edu if you are interested in going on the hike and let her know if you have access to a car.

Here is some info about the class on Wednesday:

You may have many questions about meditation. What is it? How do I do it? There are many different kinds of meditation out there. Where do I start? How do I sustain a practice in this crazy, busy world? Why even bother? What is all the hype about “Mindfulness?”

Thirty years of scientific research has proven that people who regularly practice mindfulness experience decreased stress and anxiety, better focus and concentration, increased empathy and understanding of others, increased sense of calm, and skillful responses to difficult emotions. Come learn the basic practice of mindfulness meditation and walking meditation. Come with curiosity, compassion and wonder. Dress comfortably and be prepared simply to try your best.

Sign up now!

Date: February 5, 2014
Time: 6:30-7:30 PM
Place: Fayerweather Theater Room

Buddhist House Meditation Schedule


Take some time from your busy life and quiet your mind. Buho will be hosting open meditations every weekday at 9am and Monday and Thursday at 6pm.  Come meet some great people, revel in the present moment and maybe work a bit on that goal of reaching enlightenment.  You might even get a complimentary cup of tea.


WesBAM! Finals Week classes

Fun stuff from the inspiring and fabulous Renee Dunn ’14

Finals craziness is upon us, but don’t let the stress eat away at your body, mind, and soul! During these tolling times, come unwind or invigorate, for a healthier finals experience and overall rejuvenation. De-stress with WesBAM! Show yourself some love.


Check out the Facebook event or our website event page.

Be sure to like us on Facebook so that you receive notice about added classes or scheduling changes!

Another helpful resource is the WesBAM! Blog. Brows this page for a slew of posts on managing stress, maintaining sanity, pulling all nighters, and snacking healthy.


Date: December 7 – 13, 2013
Time: See schedule
Place: Fayerweather studios


ZEN: and What Happens When You Forget the Self


Good vibes from Nikki Dodd ’15:

Ryushin Sensei, the Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in NY, is coming to Wesleyan!!! Come to the Chapel on October 7th at 7:30 to hear Ryushin talk about Zen, and how it can help you deal with college and other major life issues.

If you can’t make it on the 7th, don’t worry! Come to Buddhist House on October 8th at 9am to meditate with Ryushin. This will be a chance to do zazen for a period of 25 to 35 minutes, and then to talk with him about issues concerning zazen, Zen and the ethical teachings of Buddhism, and anything he mentioned in the previous evening’s lecture.

Students are welcome to come to either parts of the event or BOTH!

Date: Monday, October 7th & Tuesday, October 8th
Time: 7:30 pm (Mon) & 9:00 am (Tues)
Place: Memorial Chapel (Mon) & Buddhist House (Tues)
Facebook Event

Meditation, Tai Chi, and Kung Fu Classes Starting Up at Freeman

Kung Fu Panda movie image

Sorta went the easy route on this one.

Jimmy Nguyen ’15 invites all the grasshoppers:

This year’s lessons in Meditation, Taichi, and Kung Fu, taught by the Wesleyan Small Forest Temple, are beginning this Thursday, September 26th!

The practice sessions meet on Thursdays: Meditation at 6:00pm in the Freeman Athletic Center Multipurpose Room, Taichi at 6:30 also in the Freeman Athletic Center Multipurpose Room, and Kung Fu at 7:30 in the Freeman Athletic Center Wrestling Room.

Although there is a course fee of $60 payable by cash or check, the temple expresses that money should not be an obstacle in training and they are willing to work with students should the need arise.

Email hhnguyen(at)wesleyan(dot)edu for more info or to be added to the listserv.

Date: 26 Sept. 2013
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Freeman Athletic Center Multipurpose Room & Wrestling Rooms