Tuesday Meditation Series: Befriending Our Fears

Tuesdays: April 11- May 2 from 7pm to 8:30pm
at Jewel Heart Center

We will work with something that permeates our lives: fear. From underlying anxiety to panic, it is a large part of our experience and usually makes us miserable and confused.

Through a series of integrated meditations and discussions, we will explore methods for not only managing our fears but also using them for spiritual transformation. We will learn to unpack our fears so that we can get familiar with them and progressively befriend them. We will train in using them to develop compassion for ourselves and others. We will also look at what lies behind our fears and develop a more realistic perspective on life.

This series incorporates advice and exercises to build one’s own meditation practice based on our daily life experiences. It is most beneficial to attend the entire series, although it is also possible to attend individual sessions. It is geared toward all levels of practitioners and complete beginners are welcome.

Dates, Time, and Topics:

Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30pm:
April 11: Getting to Know Our Fears
April 18: Letting Go of Fear
April 25: Changing Perspective: There is Nothing to Fear, Led by Scott Tusa
May 2: Using Fear to Develop Compassion


Jewel Heart Center: 260 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Directions: 260 West Broadway is just below Canal Street. The entrance is in the St. John’s Lane alleyway that runs parallel to and between Varick Street and 6th Avenue. Here is a map showing the location of Jewel Heart Center.

Suggested Donation:

Fee: $10 per session, Shantideva Meditation Members: $9 per session

Funds go directly to help cover the cost of space rental and administrative expenses.


No registration necessary.

About the Facilitators:

Facilitators have a background in facilitating meditations and have studied the Dharma for more than five years. For more information regarding the meditation facilitators, please contact Spiritual Program Coordinator Arnaud: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

About Scott Tusa:

Scott Tusa is a former monk and teaches Buddhism and meditation classes, workshops, and retreats nationally. Trained as a monastic in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for nine years, Scott has developed his Buddhist studies and practice under Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and other well-respected Tibetan Buddhist masters and was in solitary meditation retreats for the last 17 years. His schedule and other information can be found here.