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Sunday, March 6 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Jewish Spiritual Values in the Age of Mindfulness

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It is estimated that although only 2% of the US population is Jewish, 30% of Western Buddhists in the United States are Jewish. Further, many teachers of so-called, "Jewish meditation," actually teach mindfulness meditation techniques derived from the Buddhist tradition with a thin veneer of Jewish religious trappings layered over top of them. Many Jews today feel a need for a more inward, spiritual, or experiential type of practice than they are able to find within their own Jewish communities. Those who feel spiritually disconnected from Judaism very often turn to Buddhism or to the now wildly popular secularized form of Buddhist meditation known as "mindfulness." Perhaps, the emphasis on simple sitting, stillnesss, and silence are restorative antidotes to the endless stream of words in synagogue and the frenetic busyness of traditional halachic observance?

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Avi Craimer

Avi works a spiritual counsellor and meditation teacher in Toronto. After graduating with two master's degrees in philosophy, with a research focus on ethics, selfhood, and phenomenology. He left academia in 2010 to pursue a certificate in non-denominational spiritual direction. He... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am EST