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Day of Practice

Saturday, June 22nd

Knowing How Deeply
Our Lives Intertwine

with Leslie Booker

7-10am PT / 10am-1pm ET / 3-6pm BST / 4-7pm CEST

Rediscover the Five Precepts as a relational practice

We are living in divisive times and are constantly being asked to adopt this binary view of “us” and “them”, creating a break in our society of who belongs and who gets othered.

Knowing how deeply our lives are intertwined is the refrain that reminds us that we belong to each other, and invites us to cultivate practices that connect us.

The Five Precepts (or ethical trainings), in their monastic framework, are designed to discipline and purify the three avenues of human action: body, speech, and mind.

In this Day of Practice, Buddhist philosophy and meditation teacher Leslie Booker will reframe this traditional understanding of the precepts, transforming them into a practice of cultivation.

Booker will guide us in formal periods of still and moving meditation, centering our practice on what it looks and feels like to radically embrace belonging and connection.

Join this *live* 3-hour session to:

  • Learn how to practice with 5 ethical guidelines or precepts as a practice of cultivation for clarity in our relationships.
  • Consider what conditioning or social constructs have been created to decide who belongs, and who gets othered.
  • Engage in wisdom democracy to share our understanding of how these practices can be applied in daily life.

What is Day of Practice?

Sangha Live’s 3-hour, LIVE Day of Practice allows for you to drop in deeper, develop your meditation skills, and reset your intentions through sustained sitting.

Days of Practice includes longer periods of meditation, interspersed with wise teachings, an interactive Q&A with our teacher, and more.

Replay access will be available to all registrants within 48 hours of the live session.

How is Day of Practice different from Sangha Live’s Daily/Sunday classes?

Our shorter Daily Meditation (60 mins) and Sunday Sangha (90 mins) programs emphasize dharma teachings, while our longer Days of Practice (3 hours) emphasize development of meditation practice.

Daily practice is crucial for watering seeds of mindfulness, but extended periods of deep attention such as these, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, can be uniquely fruitful.

Cost

Day of Practice is offered on a sliding scale basis, with a suggested rate of $35. We wholeheartedly welcome all to practice with us; no one turned away for lack of funds.

Questions?

Please email us at info@sangha.live.

About Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker

Leslie Booker brings her heart and wisdom to the intersection of Dharma, Embodied Wisdom, and Liberation. Using this framework,  she supports folks in creating a culture of belonging through her teaching and writing on changing the paradigm of self and community care. She shares her offering widely as a university lecturer, public speaker, and Buddhist philosophy and meditation teacher. 

After training as a yoga teacher in 2007, Booker was drawn to Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation training (2012). She continued to train there formally as a Dharma teacher in their Community Dharma Leaders (2017) and Retreat Teacher training programs (2020). Outside of her formal training, she shared the practices of yoga and mindfulness with New York City’s most vulnerable populations for over a decade. Here is where she learned how to take her practice off the cushion and into everyday life. 

Booker is a co-author of Best Practices for Yoga in a Criminal Justice Setting (2017), a contributor to Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report: Gender & Trauma—Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice, and contributed to Sharon Salzberg’s book Real Happiness at Work (2013) and Dr. Rima Vesely-Flad’s book Black Buddhist and the Black Radical Tradition (2022).

She is a co-founder of the Yoga Service Council at Omega Institute and the Meditation Working Group of Occupy Wall Street. In 2020 she was invited to be a Sojourner Truth Leadership Fellow through Auburn Seminary, graduated from Spirit Rock’s 4 year Retreat Teacher Training, and was voted by her peers as one of the 12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement. Click here to learn more about Leslie Booker.

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