Community Outreach

Introducing Meditation and Modern Buddhism to the People of Long Island

 

KMC Long Island is committed to making a difference in the lives of Long Islanders by sharing the benefits and exceptional qualities of meditation and giving folks a direct experience of what meditation feels like and how to establish an on-going, personal meditation practice on their own. We are delighted to fulfill requests from different groups and organizations who wish to visit our center or branch locations with their employees, colleagues or students to meet one of our teachers who will guide them in a special workshop or retreat session tailor-made for that particular population and their unique circumstances. We are also very happy to send teachers outside the center to visit your workplaces, community centers and schools. Contact us to arrange a day and time!

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Recent Community Service / Outreach Encounters

Partnering with Organizations and Local Government

Jan. 20, 2018
KMC-LI Massapequa Accepts Request From NYS Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino to Lead a Meditation Class for Veterans
Dennis Kane, experienced Buddhist meditation teacher and a Vietnam Veteran, guided a two-hour meditation class for veterans at the KMC-LI Massapequa branch at the request of NYS Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino’s office. Very often meditation is exactly what veterans old and new are seeking. The stress and displacement for those returning home is well documented. This is true for those just back, as well as for those back for many years.

Nov. 15, 16, 20, 2017
Kadam Holly Guides Meditations at YMCA LIVESTRONG Classes
Kadam Holly guided meditations for the Huntington YMCA’s LIVESTRONG classes, a program dedicated to helping cancer survivors begin the journey toward recovery.

July 11, 2017
Meditation at LGBT Network Seniors Class in Woodbury
KMC-LI teacher Joan Boccafola taught an hour-long, introduction to meditation class to seniors at the LGBT Network’s gathering in Woodbury on July 11, 2017 titled “Accepting Change Through Meditation.”

March 26, 2017
A Woman’s Journey to Wellness Day at the Huntington YMCA
KMC-LI had a table at the 11th annual Woman’s Journey to Wellness Day at the Huntington YMCA from 11am-1pm on Sunday, March 26, 2017 to display and advertise its classes and meditation offerings.

Nov. 15, 2016
Girl Scouts Visit Massapequa Branch
KMC-LI teachers David Hoffner and Dawn Jackson welcomed a Girl Scout troop of approximately 10 fifth-grade students to the Massapequa Branch. David led a teaching and meditation, answering questions about the shrine, pictures, statues and offering bowls. Then he used the Peaceful Piggy Meditation picture book as a stepping stone to discuss the power of meditation to calm our mind. After the meditation, Dawn showed the Girl Scouts how to create a small shaker jar to illustrate how the mind looks when it is not peaceful (glitter flying everywhere) and how it looks when it is calm (glitter resting on the bottom of the jar).

Aug. 26-28, 2016
COPE Foundation
KMC-LI teachers Maggie Cooper and Dianne Marciano led a meditation and teaching at a parent support group meeting at The Cope Foundation, a non-profit grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child. Dianne then attended the planning meeting of the Erin Moyer Foundation Bereavement Camp in Lake Como, Pennsylvania where she guided four breathing meditation sessions for 15 adults who lost children and/or spouses.

Out in the Community

Jan. 15, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Peace and Unity Concert in East Setauket, NY
KMC-LI Port Jefferson teacher Maggie Cooper represented KMC-LI and the Buddhist faith by offering a short prayer and meditation at the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Unity Concert, an evening event focused on bringing together musicians, community members and food from different religious and cultural backgrounds to celebrate differences, find commonality, and promote peace and unity between neighbors.

Jan. 14, 2018
Interfaith Celebration and Choir Concert in Memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., Commack, NY
Kadam Holly represented KMC-LI and the Buddhist faith by offering a short prayer and meditation at Abraham’s Table of Long Island’s interfaith celebration and choir concert in honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 Poor People’s Campaign and 2018 NY Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Nov. 19, 2017
46th Annual Huntington Community Thanksgiving Interfaith Service in Greenlawn, NY
Kadam Holly represented KMC-LI and the Buddhist faith by offering a short prayer and meditation at the 46th Annual Huntington Community Thanksgiving Service, an interfaith gathering and celebration at First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn.

Sept. 17, 2017
Long Island Parents Day at LIU Post in Brookville, NY 11:00am – 3:00pm
KMC-LI’s children’s teacher Bridget Walsh led 25 parents and children in a short teaching and meditation, followed by a fun activity for families to engage in together creating decorative “mind jars” demonstrating how meditation helps calm the mind. Children were also able to color and glitterize a “Calm is My Super Power/How to Meditate” color page created by our own Tony Cerezo during the breakout/expo portion of the program. Dianne Marciano, Stephany Taylor, Kerrin Perniciaro and Nina Ross were there to assist.

June 4, 2017
Massapequa Chamber of Commerce Street Fair 11:00am – 6:30pm
KMC-LI’s Massapequa branch led all-day meditations for members of the community walking by the center during the town’s annual street fair. Members took turns staffing a table on the sidewalk outside the center, interacting with members of the community, promoting the center and its classes, answering questions, and inviting people inside to experience short breathing meditations for themselves.

Sept. 11, 2016
Guided Meditation / Walk for World Peace at Heckscher Park in Huntington
In honor of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, KMC Long Island organized a meditation and walk for world peace, led by Resident Teacher Kadam Holly McGregor, inside Heckscher Park. Ironically enough, our center first opened its doors on 9/11/2001 to provide a place of refuge for the people of Long Island after the horrific events of that day. The guided meditation included moments of silence at both 8:46am and 9:03am, the times the towers were hit.

Sept. 10, 2016
Huntington Unity Festival
Two shifts of KMC-LI ambassadors manned a table at the Huntington Unity Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11am – 5pm, meeting with members of the Huntington community from all walks of life, passing out class schedules, publicity postcards and some of Geshe Kelsang’s books and Tharpa Publications CDs and sadhana (prayer booklets).

Schools, Libraries and Continuing Education

Nov. 7, 2017
Three Village Central School District Staff Conference Day
Christine Chase led three workshops (one hour each) with about 30+ students in each session. She led a breathing meditation and clarity of the mind meditation and discussed the benefits of meditation. She has received approval to bring students and teachers on a field trip to our Huntington center during winter 2018.

Nov. 14-December 19, 2017
Six-Week Meditation Series at Stony Brook University as Part of its HealthierU Wellness Program
Ray Vogel led a six-week meditation series for employees on Tuesday afternoons from 12-1pm in the Wang Center Chapel from Nov. 14- Dec. 19, 2017. The title of the series was “Finding Peace in Stressful Times Through the Practice of Meditation.” 

Oct. 23-24, 2017
Introduction to Meditation During Drug Awareness Week at Connetquot Middle School
David Hoffner led discussions and introductory meditation classes with 200 sixth graders at Connetquot Middle School as part of the school’s Drug Awareness Week. David and the students discussed the drug problem and all of its causes. The students were able to see that the people who succumb to drug problems started out just like them. The students meditated together as a group and shared their experiences. They then looked at how meditation and mindfulness can help them combat the causes of drug abuse that so many young people fall prey to.

June 5, 14, 2017
Intro to Meditation at North Merrick Public Library
KMC-LI teacher Bridget Walsh taught two Intro to Meditation courses at North Merrick Public Library.

May 23, 2017
Meditation for 10th Graders at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington
KMC-LI teacher Dennis Kane visited St. Anthony’s High School to teach a class to approximately 20 boys and girls ages 15-16. He gave a teaching on inner peace and the causes of suffering and happiness, and guided them in a breathing meditation and an anxiety-releasing meditation. It was a very engaged class. The students had lots of questions and opinions. Dennis said this experience was ‘delightful!’

May 19, 2017
Meditation for Educators
KMC-LI Massapequa teacher David Hoffner offered a workshop for 14 teachers, educators and administrators at the KMC-LI Massapequa branch on Friday night, May 19. He taught how mindfulness and meditation can change one’s mind and therefore how educators can change their experience in school and at home. David will continue offering these monthly classes in Massapequa during the 2017-18 school year.

May 10, 17, 24, 2017
Northport High School Adult Continuing Education
KMC-LI teacher Joel Brenner taught a course called “Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation” from 7-8:30pm to 4-6 students on three dates in May as part of Northport High School’s Adult Continuing Education program.

March 16, 2017
Connetquot School District
KMC-LI teacher Dawn Jackson led an Intro to Meditation class to middle-school aged children after school.

March 9, 2017
Wheatley School Ninth Graders Visit KMC-LI in Huntington
KMC-LI Resident Teacher Kadam Holly McGregor led 65 ninth graders from the AP History classes at The Wheatley School in Old Westbury in Clarity of Mind meditation and talked to the students about the benefits of meditation.

Dec. 14, 2016
Massapequa High School – Ames Campus
KMC-LI teachers David Hoffner and Kerrin Perniciaro were invited by ninth grade history teachers to give a short presentation and guide two meditations to nearly 80 ninth-grade students at Massapequa High School’s Ames Campus where students had recently finished learning about Buddhism. Kerrin gave a brief introduction about Buddhism and the benefits of meditation and David guided the students through an actual experience of breathing meditation and answered questions.

Fall 2016 / Spring 2017
Middle Country Central School District
KMC-LI teacher Dianne Marciano taught meditation to community members of the Middle Country Central School District who signed up for Community & Continuing Education Department classes at Centereach High School on two dates in the fall, and two dates in the spring from 6:30-7:30pm called “How to Find Happiness Through Meditation,” and “Breathing Meditations.”

Hospitals and Healthcare

Nov 1, 2017
Huntington Hospital Wellness Wednesday Meditation Sessions for Employees
KMC-LI Resident Teacher Kadam Holly McGregor led two guided meditation sessions about how to “Decompress From Stress,” at the hospital’s first Wellness Wednesday event for healthcare employees during their lunch hour. 

Sept 21, 2017
Huntington Hospital Stress Reduction Employee Wellness Fair
KMC-LI Resident Teacher Kadam Holly McGregor and members of the center staffed a table to meet and interact with employees from Huntington Hospital, answer questions about meditation and invite them to attend classes at the center to help lower stress levels.

May 11, 2017
Huntington Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group
KMC-LI Resident Teacher Kadam Holly McGregor, a breast cancer survivor herself, visited with members of the Huntington Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group to discuss the benefits of meditation in dealing with breast cancer, especially with healing and recovery.

May 8, 2017
Nurse’s Week at Northwell Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY
KMC-LI Resident Teacher Kadam Holly McGregor spoke to nurses and healthcare professionals about the healing power of meditation during two different sessions. 

March 2017 – April 13, 2017
Northport VA
KMC Hamptons Resident Teacher Elizabeth Muzyka guided meditation sessions to residents/patients at the VA Hospital.

Feb. 13, 2017
Huntington Hospital Visit
KMC-LI Resident Teacher Kadam Holly McGregor spoke to approximately 20 doctors/nurses and healthcare professionals about Buddhism and the Buddhist perspective on death and dying at Huntington Hospital during an employee lunch and learn series.

Prison Systems

August 2017 – present
Meditation Classes at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility
KMC-LI teacher Joel Brenner began teaching meditation classes to inmates of the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Yaphank.

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