Events: free, interactive webinars

Communication, Including Nonviolent Communication

In these interactive presentations and workshops led by David B. Alexander, LP, we will study and experience importance aspects of communication and relationships.

We will also apply insightful and compassionate communication to issues or questions that the attendees bring in. If there are no issues or questions brought by attendees, the facilitator will provide sample situations for discussion.

As a psychotherapist, David has seen the value of these principles and has guided numerous couples and individuals to improve the quality of their communication and their relationships.

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Modern Zen and Buddhism

Zen and Buddhism are, in essence, the same topic. Zen is known for its more concise expression, while the original Buddhist teachings discuss, with great care and detail, human nature and how to transform suffering. Each has its place!

Most important is helping reduce suffering in today's world, through wisdom and compassion attuned to the realities and choices of daily life.

As a long-time practitioner of Zen, David B. Alexander presents and discusses the meaning of this ancient teaching for each of us today. Zen and Buddhism are the study of and the connection with our true selves.

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Upcoming events: all categories

  • (1 hr 30 mins)

    Explore the wisdom of Zen and Buddhism with long-time practitioner and teacher David B. Alexander. We will look at some well-…

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    Explore the wisdom of Zen and Buddhism with long-time practitioner and teacher David B. Alexander. We will look at some well-known and lesser-known expressions and quotes of Zen and Buddhism, and examine what they are communicating.

    Two of the quotes we will examine: "What is the sound of one hand?" and "To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self...."

    Zen expression is often about experiences that are not common and not very easy to understand. However, that challenge is sometimes used, whether intentionally or unintentionally, to make Zen seem mysterious. The reality is that these expressions and quotes express important experiences, giving words to our immense potential as human beings. The meaning is often not obvious at first, but can be understood better when discussed with clarity.

    Discover more of the profound and liberating meaning of Zen and Buddhism.

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    Most of us know karma as, basically, the implications that our thoughts and actions have consequences, whether immediately or…

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    Most of us know karma as, basically, the implications that our thoughts and actions have consequences, whether immediately or at some future time. Although that statement captures the basic concept, there is more to karma than that.

    Another teaching is the Four Immeasurables. To find our true freedom, we want to use our higher capacities as human beings. These higher capacities allow us to cultivate a mind that frees itself from following past negative karma. By connecting to one's unlimited mind rather than to the narrow mind, we can express good thoughts and actions toward all beings, including ourselves.

    After a presentation, we will discuss and practice these principles, and enjoy community.

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    There will be about 1/2 hour of presentation, after which we will engage in conversation regarding any situations the partici…

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    There will be about 1/2 hour of presentation, after which we will engage in conversation regarding any situations the participants wish to discuss. If participants do not have such questions to discuss, I as the facilitator will present various scenarios to examine together.

    As someone who has raised two children who are now in their 30s, I understand the stresses and the joys of the experience, and the topic will be carefully infused with a good dose of ironic humor, as needed. Whether children are very young, or are themselves adults, the parent / child relationship is a special one of strong connection.

    Those who wish to observe are also welcome. Participation can be an enjoyable experience, but is not required.

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Other Resources for a better, more aware life

Escaping From Freedom

Free ebook

In times of division and loss of understanding ("How can 'those people' believe in that?"), we need to look more closely, with an open mind and heart.

This 19-page ebook builds on the insights of Erich Fromm's iconic 1941 book Escape From Freedom, with updated observations by psychoanalyst David B. Alexander.

Make sense of and find peace in today's world through better understanding. See the table of contents, and download your copy.

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Learn Tai Chi Chuan Short Form

Classes in Long Island and NYC

Improve your well-being and vitality. You can do this through Tai Chi Chuan practiced with its full historical meaning and benefits.

It is a martial art and a practice benefiting well-being and physical health. Those active in music and dance performance have also reported important improvements.

Tai Chi Chuan helps our brain free itself from unwanted tensions, promoting an ability to respond productively, compassionately, and with much less stress in life's daily activities.

Inquiries by advanced students are welcome.

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