Like what you’ve heard and want to connect with a teacher in person? Be Here Now Network teachers share their wisdom in talks, workshops, and retreats at locations across the US.
Check the calendar below to attend events where there’s an opportunity to deepen your spiritual understanding and learn from some of the best teachers in the world.
No Mud, No Lotus – Live Podcast hosted by Duncan Trussell with Sharon Salzberg, Ethan Nichtern, and Raghu Markus
Come celebrate an evening where the worlds of comedy and spirit collide. Join host, comedian, Duncan Trussell and Raghu Markus, along with featured guests Sharon Salzberg, Ethan Nichtern, and more for a live-streamed podcast as they explore what’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding. Nina Rao, kirtan/chant musician, will open the event with an invocation.
Duncan Trussell is an American actor and stand-up comic, known for his podcast The Duncan Trussell Family Hour and his appearances on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. www.duncantrussell.com/
Sharon Salzberg has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974 when she first started teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and Real Love. Sharon is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast: The Metta Hour. www.SharonSalzberg.com.
Ethan Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and the author of four books including The Dharma of “The Princess Bride” & The Road Home. For the past 15 years, Ethan has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and workshops around New York City and North America and Europe. He primarily studies in the Shambhala tradition under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, but has also studied Theravadan and Soto Zen Buddhism. www.ethannichtern.com
Raghu Markus is the host of the Mindrolling podcast on the Be Here Now Network. https://beherenownetwork.com/category/raghu-markus/
Nina Rao regularly leads kirtan, chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa, and sings for yoga classes in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY and beyond. In January 2013, she released her debut album, “Antarayaami – Knower of All Hearts”and is currently recording her second album due to be released spring 2018.
More information is available at http://www.chantkirtan.com
A Bhakti Yoga Weekend
Quiet the mind and let the heart open while chanting in the tradition of Bhakti Yoga with Grammy-nominated chant artist Krishna Das, known to his fans throughout the world as KD
Because of KD’s down-to-earth presence, in this gathering of dedicated seekers and those new to the practice, you will feel as though you’re hanging out with longtime friends in a comfortable living room.
In between chanting, with gentle humor and a harmonium in his lap, KD humbly shares anecdotes from time he spent with Maharaji-ji in India, Ram Dass, and the Dalai Lama—stories about the seeker’s path paved by the same basic questions that stand the test of time: how do we live a good life, how do we become good human beings, and how do we deal with the fear we live and breathe every day.
Through call-and-response chanting, discussions, and question-and-answer sessions, you will learn how to:
- Open your heart through the power of mantra chanting and fill your whole body with the joy and ecstasy of connection with spirit
- Experience the exponential power of prayer when done in a group
- Break down who you think you are and connect to presence—the vast space that we are sitting in
- Make space around your thoughts and reactivity so you get a conscious vote about how you experience life.
Whether you chant with KD often or this is your first time, come hear your own unique voice blend with other voices like the drop of water in the ocean. Return home with guidance and renewed inspiration for continuing the practice.
To love ourselves, we must know ourselves. To love one another, we must know one another. But our assumptions, distractions, fears, expectations, and personal sense of unworthiness obscure these kernels of truth.
As William James wisely explained, “Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.” Join Vipassana meditation pioneer Sharon Salzberg and explore a gentle but thorough method to know yourself, connect with others, and stop your mind from getting in the way of the connection you yearn for.
Whether you are a new or experienced meditator, you will benefit from explorations of:
- Core mindfulness and lovingkindness techniques and other meditation exercises
- How to move out of constantly spinning judgments about how we are fundamentally alienated from one another
- Guided meditations, talks, and time for questions and answers to dig deeper into the teachings
- Self-training techniques for learning how to “hear” more of what is out there and to “listen” less to limiting and often self-condemning thoughts along the way
- How to find a truer meaning of love for yourself, for your loved ones, for those you don’t know but with whom you share this planet—for all beings everywhere.