October 24, 2022 6:30pm

Mindfulness and Mahayana | 4-Day Mini-Retreat

Cyndi Lee




Monday, October 24 through Thursday, October 27, 2022
6:30–8:30pm ET
In-person at Tibet House US

Meditating together in a group creates its own special kind of magic! During this 4-day in-person mini-retreat, we will begin with mindfulness meditation practice (shamatha/vipassana) as the ground for growing our genuine sense of compassion (karuna) for self and others. The benefits of consistent meditation practice are stability, clarity, and strength of mind.

On the first night, you will receive clear and grounded mindfulness meditation instruction, as well as a lesson on the nuts and bolts of how meditation relates to the rest of your life. Every day the instruction will deepen and the length of the sitting periods will grow. By the end of five days we will sit together for 30 minutes… or more! Contemplative meditation, journaling, group discussion, and dharma talks will provide insight for strengthening your natural capacity for caring, generosity, wakefulness and inclusivity. Each session will include time for Q&A.

As the retreat unfolds we will expand our application of meditation by infusing it with the recognition of interdependence, or what Thich Nhat Hanh called “inter-being.” You will be invited to take 100% interest in your own experience, emotions, and wisdom as the starting point for this work; where else can we start, but with ourselves?

This mini-retreat will be a great opportunity for those who have not had formal meditation instruction or would like to refresh their practice. We hope you will join us!

Yoga teachers can earn 30 CEUs toward Yoga Alliance Continuing Ed requirement by completing this mini-retreat in full.

Teacher Bios

Cyndi Lee

Cyndi Lee began teaching meditation 30 years ago with the blessing of her root guru, the great Tibetan master, Gelek Rimpoche. In 2018 she was ordained as a Buddhist Chaplain, under the guidance of Roshi Joan Halifax of Upaya Zen Center. She is also the first female Western yoga teacher to fully integrate yoga asana and Tibetan Buddhism in her practice and teaching. From 1998-2012, she founded and ran the renowned OM yoga Center, a yoga studio and dharma center. One of the most influential teachers in the U.S., Cyndi has trained thousands of meditators and yogis worldwide. OM yoga Center was the first NYC studio to offer Buddhist meditation classes. Cyndi’s favorite student was her dad, Allan Lee, who took a 6-week meditation class at the age of 75.

Cyndi is the author of five books including the classic yoga text: Yoga Body Buddha Mind. Other books are the The New York Times critically acclaimed May I Be Happy: A Memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing My Mind and OM yoga: A Guide to Daily Practice. Cyndi is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal, Lion’s Roar, Real Simple, and has written for Yoga International, Tricyle, and Natural Health. Recent articles include “My Slow Fashion Practice is Yoga, Too” (YJ), and “The Practice of Self-Caring” (LR).