New York Vipassana Association Starts Again
The COVID-19 pandemic has occasioned much change in the world, and within the New York Vipassana Association (NYVA). For over eighteen months, between 2020 and 2021, for example, NYVA stopped organizing in-person events. And we saw the number of servers active within our committees dwindle.
With the few servers that remain, we were able to reopen the NYC Dhamma House for individual meditators and monthly assistant teacher-led 1-day courses. We offered our first 3-day and 10-day residential courses, since the pandemic began, at Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, New York.
At this time, we would like to pause in our effort to start again and hear from you, local meditators. How has COVID changed the support you need or want for your meditation practice? For example, are daily sittings at the NYC Dhamma House less important to you now that you’re not commuting? Do you wish there were more group sittings closer to home? Or that there were more local bilingual 10-day courses? More remote service opportunities? How could you participate in NYVA to make these things happen?
Our monthly trust meetings are always open to all old students. But this month we’re extending a special invitation to old students in the New York metropolitan area to tell us what you think by filling out this brief 3-question survey, and/or by joining a virtual discussion during our next trust meeting on Saturday, December 11 from 4:00 – 6:00pm ET. Pre-registration is required.
Your thoughts will provide guidance for next year’s efforts, as we serve Dhamma and our local community of over 12,000 meditators.