June 26, 2024 6:30pm

The Six Realms: A Discussion of Karma, Belief, and Projected Mind-States | hosted by Dharma Friends

The Six Realms: A Discussion of Karma, Belief, and Projected Mind-States | hosted by Dharma Friends

Megan Mook | Kevin Townley | Rob Ward



Wednesday, June 26th

6:30-8:30pm ET | Hybrid

$0, $10, $25 & $50 ( Benefactor)

This month at Dharma Friends, Megan Mook and Kevin Townley will unpack traditional Buddhist teachings on the Six Realms in fresh and innovative ways. We’ll structure the evening around a slide show from Megan’s recent travels, showcasing depictions of the Wheel of Life. The Wheel of Life is a confronting, but often comical and ornate visual representation used to depict the six samsaric realms and their accompanying mind states. In looking at these ancient images, we’ll discuss the complexities of karma and belief, applying a critical interpretive lens without losing the magic and energy of the teachings. We’ll also unpack the emotional and mental mindstates of each of the six realms, looking at the ways we experience them in our daily lives. We’re thrilled to host Rob Ward once again on the viola. This is a night not to be missed! Pre-registration is highly recommended.

Please note that we are offering this program with a number of fee variations so that all can attend according to your financial situation.  If you are able to give generously and sponsor this program, please note that it will go towards providing a substantial offering to the teachers guiding this event, and assisting us in covering the costs for the evening program.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

For participants ages 18-35, this event is donation-based via a sponsorship from Dharma Gates. Dharma Gates is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to opening pathways into formal meditation practice for young adults. Working to eliminate conceptual, logistical, and financial barriers to practice, Dharma Gates offers by-donation multi-day retreats, online programs, sangha, and advising. To find out more, visit dharma-gates.org.

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The Six Realms: A Discussion of Karma, Belief, and Projected Mind-States | hosted by Dharma Friends

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024 06:30 PM



Kevin Townley is a writer, performer, and meditation instructor. His first book, Look, Look, Look, Look, Look Again: Buddhist Wisdom Reflected in 26 Artists, delves into the Five Wisdom Families of Tantric Buddhism through the lens of secular women artists. Kevin’s primary teacher is Kyoun Sokuzan, a Zen priest, who was first authorized to teach by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1978. Kevin teaches regularly in Susan Piver’s Open Heart Project sangha, and has also studied at the Interdependence Project where he completed their teacher training in 2012. In 2022, Kevin guest-curated the Rubin Museum’s Brainwave Series. Kevin is passionate about exploring the interplay between meditation and art, always encouraging others to bring their own innate humor and insight to their meditation practice. KevinTownley.nyc

Rob Ward


Rob Ward is the songwriter and lead vocalist for Food Will Win the War. He began his music studies as a classically trained violist and went on to study music theory and composition under composers such as Marc Cheban, Steve Miles, Rob Constable, James Fei, Brad Garton, Jason Freeman, and Luke Dubois. Through these studies, he developed his current technique to create “soundscapes” using processed field recordings, electronically synthesized sound, and live performance on traditional western instruments. He also performs drone-based solo viola compositions and improvisations.
Megan Mook holds a Master’s in Buddhist Studies and is a long-term student of both Tibetan Buddhism and yoga. Megan has lived and studied in traditional monastic environments all over the world, thoroughly immersing herself in the practice of Buddhism, yoga, and natural healing. A member of the Tibetan Translators Guild of New York, Megan has worked on Tibetan scriptural translations with Dr. Robert Thurman and Dr. Lozang Jamspal, an 87 year old Tibetan Lama with whom Megan studied and traveled for several years. The heart of Megan’s teaching is tender-hearted clarity, accessed through compassion and embodied awareness. Megan regularly offers Buddhist philosophy classes and meditation retreats, and leads international Buddhist pilgrimages for Tricycle Buddhist Review. MeganMook.com

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