Jon Aaron

Teaching Schedule


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Winter 2015 Cycle

Tuesday Mornings
9:30 am -12:00 pm
January 13th - March 3rd
New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
119 W. 23rd Street, #401, NY, NY (between 6 & 7 Aves)
Tuition: $425.00 includes materials and Practice Day
Free Intro/Orientation on Tuesday, January 6th 9:30am-12:00pm
(required for those intending to take the class)
Practice Day: Sunday, February 15th,  10:00am-5:00pm
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Thursday Evenings 
6:30 pm -9:00 pm
January 15th - March 5th
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th Street, 10th Floor 
Tuition: $425.00 includes materials and Practice Day
Free Intro/Orientation on Thursday, January 8th 6:30-9:00pm
(required for those intending to take the class)
Practice Day: Sunday, February 15th,  10:00am-5:00pm
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A year-long class about learning to live by facing death, based on Stephen Levine’s "A Year to Live"

Starts January 24th 2015
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th Street, 10th Floor 
co-taught with: Sandra Weinberg 
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If we woke up each morning knowing we only had a year to live what would change?  How would we greet the day, our partner, our job?Until we are directly confronted with our own mortality most of us live life as if it will never end. 

This is a class about living fully each moment of our lives.  Over twelve months we will live as though this is our last year. We will reflect upon life and death from the Buddhist perspective incorporating  other spiritual traditions as well.

It is a class for people of any age regardless of your health.  The class will involve four day-long retreats, through the year, 8 weekend afternoon sessions and some evening sessions for additional support. Between sessions participants will receive readings and exercises for contemplation and reflection.

We encourage participants to be fully committed to this process and not to take the class casually.  There will be moments of intense sadness, considerable  joy and everything in between. 

Guests teachers will include Frank Ostaseki, Allan Lokos, Sebene Selassie and Gina Sharpe.

The Perception Trap

8 Thursday mornings
January 8th- February 26th
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th Street, 10th Floor 
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 "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."  Einstein

The mind constantly perceives.  We could almost say it’s a perception machine.  These perceptions form our apparent reality.  In any given situation, there is the circumstance itself, and our perception of the circumstance.  More often than not, our suffering and stress is a result not of the circumstance but of our perception of the circumstance, and while we can sometimes change our circumstances, we can always change our perception.  In fact, once we see through the illusion of our distorted perceptions, we then start to see the first tastes of freedom.  As the core text for this class we will use Bhante Gunaratana’s new book, “Meditation on Perception”  based on the Buddha’s teaching on perception. 

 Each session will involve practice, discussion and inquiry. 

This is class is suitable for anyone who has completed an 8 Week MBSR class or a Six Week Beginner’s class at NY Insight    


Jon is a Senior Trainer and Consultant with The Potential Project, and in this context he leads workshops, seminars and courses on mindfulness in the workplace for both non- and for-profit organizations. He works with senior leaders and teams to increase focus, attention, effectiveness, empathy and resilience in their busy and "always-on" lives. 
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Every Wednesday, 5:45-6:45 PM  (please note in July and August I will be in and out of town but the sit will be directed by guest teachers)

At the Makom Center JCC in Manhattan

76th and Amsterdam

No charge, donation requested


On request. Please email:

Jon Aaron trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, which has granted him certification as an MBSR teacher. He has taught over 35 cycles of the seminal curriculum, as well as numerous courses for alumni of the program. He is a co-founding member of New York Mindfulness Meditation Collaborative.

Jon is a teacher at the New York Insight Meditation Center, as well as the guiding teacher of the Makom Meditation Havurah program at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. He is also Senior Trainer and Consultant with The Potential Project, a leading global organization specialized in bringing mindfulness to the workplace. 

He enjoys teaching and sharing the practice with people in a multitude of settings. Over the years, Jon has given workshops and classes for organizations as diverse as ABC in the Broadcast Operations Division, the Cable Entertainment Group at NBC Universal, the New York Open Center, Physicians Reciprocal Insurance Cooperation, the NYU Medical School, the Department of Psychology at Einstein College of Medicine, the Beth Israel Medical Center, the 92nd St Y, the teacher training program of Yoga Sutra where he was part of the faculty, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he led a group for seven years.

Jon continues his studies in Buddhist meditation in the Theravada and non-dual traditions with his primary teacher Matthew Flickstein. He has also completed the Integrated Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, as well as the Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care program with the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He is currently training in Somatic ExperiencingTM.

Jon has also been active as an agent and producer in the Performing Arts for many years.

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Looking for a 5 minute guided mindfulness meditation? Check out this short session Jon led at the last TedxTeachersCollege of Columbia.

3 minute meditation

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