Sunday, September 11th: By Love Alone: A Day of Meditation on the 10th Anniversary of the World Trade Center Attacks

By Love Alone: A Day of Meditation on the 10th Anniversary of the World Trade Center Attacks
The Parade Grounds on Governor’s Island
11am-4pm
Free, RSVP requested: joshua@theidproject.org

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us on September 11th, 2011 as we commemorate the 9/11 tragedy with a free public meditation event, held in the spirit of love and healing. People of all faiths are invited to join members of The Interdependence Project, the Shambhala Center, the Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn, The Village Zendo, Won Buddhism of Manhattan, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, and other NYC meditation and spiritual communities. Some of New York’s leading meditation teachers, including Acharya Judy Leif, Shastri Ethan Nichtern and Alison Laichter, will provide guided instruction throughout the day.

Together, we will open our hearts to all people affected by this tragedy, and wish for the well-being of all who have brought compassion and peace to our city over the past decade. To support this intention, we will practice a Loving-kindness (Mettā) contemplation that generates love within one’s self and gradually extends it outwards to others.

This free event will take place from 11am-4pm on Sunday, September 11th 2011 at the Parade Grounds on Governor’s Island – an open outdoor space with a view of lower Manhattan, and a 15 minute ferry ride from downtown. (We will have the Shambhala Center as an alternative location, in case of rain.) Participants may arrive and leave at any point during the event, but an RSVP to joshua@theidproject.org is recommended so that we can plan appropriately.

Note: We will be serving some light refreshments throughout the day, but participants are encouraged to bring a lunch.