Meditation, Spirituality, and the BuJu Phenomenon

at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY
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Why has a form of Buddhist meditation, initiated by monks in India 2600 years ago, had such success among Americans — including the secular Jews who make up so much of the American Buddhist community?

What are the benefits of meditation for a contemporary spiritual path — and what does ‘spirituality’ mean in any case?  Do you have to be a ‘spiritual” person to meditate, or is there a scientific basis for what meditation accomplishes in the brain?

Join Jay Michaelson, a leading writer and teacher in the Jewish and Western Buddhist communities, for a lively exploration of these issues.  Jay is the founder of two Jewish nonprofit organizations, and the author of three books and 200 articles.  He was recently included on the “Forward 50” list of the people “creating the Judaism of the 20th century,” and his activist work has been covered in the New York Times, NPR, and CNN.