Cultivating Joy in Urban Practice

Evening Workshop


The Interdependence Project
28 West 27th Street Suite 704
New York, NY 10001
United States


Fri, 10/12/2018, 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Friday October 12th, 7-9pm with Leslie Joren Wagner

Often the greatest challenge of meditation practice, especially in an urban environment, is finding the enthusiasm and drive to establish and maintain a regular daily sitting practice. In our hectic lives it can seem difficult or even irresponsible to take the time to sit quietly, even for short periods, when we have work, family, and many other obligations. City practitioners also may suffer from exhaustion, fears, anxieties, and  burnout - which can be alleviated through the cultivation of joy.  This unique class will help you rediscover a sense of joy - the attitude of delight in our and others' experience. Joy is traditionally considered an essential mindstate necessary to reap the benefits of meditation practice, which include qualities of equanimity, discernment, and compassion. Through guided meditation, experiential exercises, mindful movement, inquiry and discussion, talented teacher Leslie Joren Wagner will lead you to explore, revive, and cultivate the joy so essential to maintaining both a regular daily meditation practice and a balanced, satisfying life.

No experience is necessary.  Please wear loose or comfortable clothing. Cushions and chairs are provided. Beginners are welcome. 

Registration Fees: $20/$30/$50

This program is offered on a sliding fee scale. Please select the highest amount you can comfortably afford to support this and other donation-based initiatives.  IDP Members, please select the middle rate.  Students, seniors, and unemployed persons, please select the lowest rate. See below for scholarship opportunities.
JorenLeslie Joren Wagner took Buddhist precepts in 2009, studying for 16 years in the Soto Zen lineage of Maezumi Roshi, after cumulatively meditating in various other traditions and now a total of 30 years. She has acted as a representative to the Buddhist Council of New York, developing community education and outreach programs such as Meditate NYC and the Buddhist Forum.  Leslie Joren is a fine artist and graduate of Parsons School of Design, and most recently received a 2018 Hemera Tending Spaces Fellowship for artists that meditate. She continues to explore the connection between Art and Dharma and to that end, she creates workshops which encourage people to thrive, blossom and share their own unique wisdom in the world. Leslie Joren is a graduate of the 2017 IDP Meditation Teacher Training and is most grateful to all of her teachers. 
IDP strives to meet the financial needs of our community while facing the financial challenges of running a not-for-profit in NYC.  Each of our paid programs grant Work Study to a reliable volunteer, and POC Scholarships that reduce registration to half the lowest price for eligible students.  You must apply for these programs at the link below no later than one week before the program begins. 

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