Jon Aaron

Teaching Schedule


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Thursday Evenings
6:30 pm- 9:00 pm
October 3rd-November 21st
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th St. 10th Floor
Practice Day Sunday  November 10th  9:30am-5:00pm
Free Orientation, Thursday September 19th, 6:30pm
(required if you intend to register for the class)
Tuition $600-$450.00 includes materials and Practice Day
Limited scholarships available.
For information and registration click here

Wednesday Evenings
6:30 pm- 9:00 pm
October 16rd - December 4th*
New York Insight 
28 West 27th St. 10th Floor
co-taught with Savanna Jo (Upayadhi) Luraschi 
Practice Day Sunday November 24th  9:30am-5:00pm
Free Orientation, Wednesday October 2nd, 6:30pm
(required if you intend to register for the class)
Tuition $600-$450.00 includes materials and Practice Day
Limited scholarships available.
* special schedule week of Thanksgiving: class will be Tuesday Nov 26th instead of Wednesday
For more information and registration click here


Mindfulness, Insight and Compassion, Three Qualities of a Full-Engaged Life
8-Thursday Mornings
10:00 am-Noon
October 3rd - November 21st
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th St. 10th Floor
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This 8-week class will focus on three essential aspects of practice and how they infuse every  factor of the 8-Fold Path. Mindfulness is a quality of mind most directly cultivated through meditation and through learning to turn toward our moment to moment experience with open-hearted curiosity. As mindfulness is established, Insight into the true nature of life is clearly seen and the compassionate heart can naturally arise. Compassion itself can be a doorway to Insight as Mindfulness brings curiosity to obstructions in the heart.  The class is appropriate for those relatively new to practice as well as more seasoned practitioners. The meditations will be based on the Anapanasati Sutta (Mindfulness of Breathing) and we will use a number of texts to enhance our exploration.

Mindful Healing: Working with Pain & Difficulty
Sunday, October 27th
New York Insight Meditation Center
28 West 27th St. 10th Floor
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This day of practice will focus on physical pain and how mindfulness practice and some specific 
Buddhist teachings can open up a pathway to freedom through our pain. Many of the practices will  be from the work of Vidyamala Burch, author of “You are Not Your Pain” and founder of Breathworks, based in the in the UK. Jon is a certified Breathworks instructor as well as a Certified MBSR Teacher and Teacher Trainer, and a regular dharma teacher at NY Insight, and he has worked often to help people with pain and illness. This program will include some mindful movement specifically geared toward those with physical pain or other physical challenges. Participants can be experienced meditators or totally new to meditation.


Sundays, 7pm EST via Zoom
Resuming  on  Sunday October 6

These weekly on-line sessions are offered to support your practice. Each week I will guide a meditation for 25 minutes, give a short talk, have time for q/a and close with another sit. We will use the zoom platform which is dependable and easy to use. his weekly sit will be offered on the basis of generosity and there is no registration fee.

To join simply go to, click on Join Meeting (upper right side) and when it asks for the meeting ID use 718 360 3141 from there just follow the instructions. The zoom app should automatically install but this only takes a few seconds. Please go to in advance just to make sure you are clear on how it works. Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Generosity itself is a practice. I will offer the teaching freely, and give you the opportunity to support my practice as a teacher.

Support can be offered via PayPal.Me/mindfulnessnyc . Paypal me only works if you have a paypal account, otherwise just go to and use my email address: The same address can be used with Venmo.


Body as Mountain, Mind as Sky
co-taught with Johann Robbins
August 30-September 4
5-Night Silent Retreat
Rocky Mountain Eco-Dharma Retreat Center

Ward, Colorado

"Body as Mountain, Mind as Sky"... These frequently quoted phrases by the 13th Century Zen master Dogen evoke a feeling of embodied freedom and will form the basis for this retreat. So often we live as though we are separate from nature when in fact, we are nature. Most of this retreat will be outside- sitting, walking and just being in the surrounding beauty. The exquisite natural beauty of the RMEDC will provide all the support needed live into Dogen’s words.
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Jon  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. For more information contact


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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. In 2018 he was certified as an MBSR Teacher Trainer. He has taught over 70 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 studied for 8 years with Matthew Flickstein in the Theravada and non-dual traditions.  He continues his studies now with Thanissara and  Kittisaro Weinberg.  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.

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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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