Join us on Thursday, January 9th at 6:30pm at the Ossining Public Library for our next screening and discussion. The next film in our program is “Walk With Me

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Walk With Me is a meditative film about a community of Zen Buddhist monks and nuns who have dedicated their lives to mastering the art of mindfulness with their world-famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. Honest and heart-warming, Walk With Me touches on the universal themes of belonging, love, loss, hope and death relevant for not just Thich Nhat Hanh’s monks and nuns but for us all.

Panelist Bio

Benjamin Felcher Leavitt is a practicing lawyer with a lifelong interest in mindfulness. He holds a teaching certification from the Integral Institute for Qigong and Tai Chi in Santa Barbara, CA and has practiced Tai Chi and Qigong for nearly ten years. Ben teaches qigong in Ossining and leads a Mindfulness Meditation for Lawyers through the Westchester County Bar Association. He has also completed course work in Mindfulness based Relapse Prevention.

Tenku Ruff, Osho is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and President of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association  She trained extensively in Zen monasteries in Japan and North America under Tessai Yamamoto Roshi, Abbot of Kannonji Temple in Morioka, Japan and received Dharma transmission (teaching authorization) in the same lineage. Tenku holds a Master of Divinity degree from Maitripa College and she is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Tenku Osho is the head priest of Beacon Zen in Beacon, New York. Tenku has strong interest in ethics, inter-Buddhist / interfaith dialogue, and ways people can support each other and grow through challenges in life. She was recently the profiled in Tricycle Magazine and you can listen to her October Dharma Talk series, “Reclaiming Our Stories: Four Remarkable Zen Women,” at tricycle.org/dharmatalks.

Lisette Moran Vale is a human services training professional specializing in trauma informed-care.  She has been working in human services for 15 years. Her path started while working with Intellectually and Developmentally Delayed populations, transitioning to staff support and social service best practices.  She trains in the understanding of what trauma is, how being traumatized affects brain development and how developing positive relationships with and around traumatized youth is a part of the path of healing. She is a certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention trainer, a trauma informed approach to crisis de-escalation for children and teens.   To further build on self-awareness she has also implemented mindfulness practices as a part of her trainings. When not in training she spend time practicing Yoga, meditating and maintaining a healthy balance of self-care.

It is our mission to bring our community together to watch, enjoy and engage in conversations about documentaries.

We choose documentaries we hope will open our eyes collectively to issues that are important to our lives in Ossining.

At these free screenings, we will have a panel of experts available to answer questions and facilitate our discussion.

We hope that the issues raised in the documentary will encourage the viewers to ask questions and seek out ways to make a difference in Ossining and in the World. Please check our schedule and mark your calendars for our upcoming screenings.

Boiler Plate Nov 2019

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.