SPECIAL CLASS: Meditating on Beethoven's 9th Symphony
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Noon to 1:00 pm
Musician David Cowen will lead a discussion about "Beethoven's 9th Symphony" and introduce an experiential iPad app for the musical masterwork. In this unique session, we will consider:
- Who was Beethoven?
- Why do so many people love his 9th Symphony?
- How does this particular piece related to the rest of his work?
- How does the meditative 3rd movement fit in with the rest of the piece?
We will meditate while listening to the 3rd movement. No RSVP needed. Suggested donation is $5. Participants new to Tsogyaling can contact Nancy Floy at
847.491.1122 x11 or click here to email.
PREMIER: The Heartlight Series with Buddhist Nun Beth Goldring
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Noon to 1:00 pm
As our first speaker in the Heartlight Series at the Skylight event space, we have the honor of welcoming Buddhist nun Beth Goldring who will teach a special Dharma study class on "Being Present" and lead discussion on this topic.
Beth Kanji Goldring, an American Zen nun in the Japanese Rinzei tradition, founded Brahmavihara/Cambodia AIDS Project which provides social services, material support and chaplaincy services to aids patients. She has visited Tsogyaling on her previous visit back to the States and we are delighted to have her debut this special program.
Cosponsored by Tsogyaling and Heartwood, the talk is free to the public and follows our regular Sunday morning open meditation session (10:30 am to 11:30 am). Attendees are welcome to join us for lunch out following the event. (Attendees responsible for their own tab, please.)
Grand Opening for Skylight Event Space & Heartwood Open House
Saturday, October 5, 2013
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The renovation project is complete and we are delighted to show you how beautifully the expanded Heartwood Center (where Tsogyaling holds classes and workshops) and the new Skylight event space turned out!
We’re kicking off this new era with style. Dance and mingle under the stars with music, food and drink from our preferred vendors showcasing their offerings. As part of our new construction project, Heartwood is excited to announce the addition of Skylight, a 3,400-square-foot event space for all occasions! This space will be ideal for corporate meetings, weddings, workshops, parties, classes, lectures, and other special events.
No RSVP needed! Bring your friends or colleagues.
Heartwood and Skylight In the News
- West Evanston wellness center holds ribbon-cutting ceremony
October 2013, The Daily Northwestern
“’This is a project about collaboration and what happens when we set our egos aside and set ourselves aside and we work together as a community to collaborate,’ Floy said.” Read more >>
- Business city aided opens expanded space
October 2013, EvanstonNow.com
“Evanston city officials turned out today for a ribbon cutting at the expanded Heartwood Center and its new Skylight event space at 1818 Dempster St.” Read more >>
- Heartwood Center expansion creates a bright future for West Evanston
September 2013, Evanston Edge
“There is undoubtedly something special about Heartwood, and visitors notice it from the moment they walk through the door. With natural lighting, ceramic tile, contemporary hardwood floors and beautifully finished and furnished space, Heartwood has a warm and welcoming feel that makes it a wonderful space for the clients who come there and the people who work there.” Read more >>
Heartwood Center Partners with Imagining Peace Conference
April 26-28, 2013: Heartwood Center (where Tsogyaling calls home) is proud to be partnering with the weekend-long Imagining Peace Conference taking place in Chicago this spring. Joining organizations such as Cease Fire and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, teens from Nancy Floy's meditation class at the Evanston Library will be attending and participating. The event kicks off on Friday, April 26, with a talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche of Shamabala on "Creating Enlightened Society."
Tsogyaling Founder and President Nancy Floy invites anyone to attend: "This event is an opportunity to take your meditation practice off of your cushion and into society by participating in these issues that are vital to our local communities. The conference will be filled with opportunities for meditation instructions from Sakyang Mipham Rinpoche, as well as other senior meditation teachers. Come join me as we practice meditation in action together!" Check out the event website for information on scholarships and ticket prices.
Chicago Botanic Gardens Walk with Tsogyaling
October 14, 2012: The Tsogyaling sangha (community) shared an afternoon stroll in one of the most beautiful natural attractions in the Midwest. We were delighted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Botanic Garden with our group visit.
Zen Nun Beth Kanji Goldring of Brahmavihara/Cambodia AIDS Project Visits Tsogyaling Meditation Center
October 12, 2012: Our sangha was delighted to welcome Beth Goldring back to our Friday night meditation class. We were very grateful to benefit from her teachings, learn more about her work with AIDS patients in Cambodia and raise funds for the project.
Our Sangha Takes a Musical Field Trip
July 22, 2012: Community members of Tsogyaling Meditation Center enjoyed an evening of music and cameraderie at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois, this summer.
Tsogyaling Participates in the Global Activism Expo: Chicago Public Radio's Free Celebration
April 28, 2012: Tsogyaling Meditation Center had a booth at the Global Activism Expo on Saturday, April 28. Members of Tsogyaling provide details and updates about our Tibet Girls School, as well as info about our wide array of meditation classes.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Speaks at Loyola University, Chicago
April 26, 2012: Members of Tsogyaling Meditation Center attended a talk by the Dalai Lama on non-violence at Loyola University. As part of the morning event, three high school students read their winning essays on the topic and got to ask His Holiness questions. Most recently the recipient of the Templeton Prize given to someone who exemplifies the marriage of science and religion, the Dalai Lama spoke about starting with ourselves in moving toward peace. For more information, see the Tribune's coverage of the event.
Four Noble Truths: The Buddha's First Teaching
3-Day Workshop: Teachings by Lopon Rita Gross
- Friday, March 30,
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- Saturday, March 31,
Noon - 6:00 pm
- Sunday, April 1,
Noon - 5:00 pm
at Heartwood Center
1818 Dempster, Evanston
Tsogyaling Meditation Center of Evanston is honored to present Lopon Rita Gross — "Lopon" means "Senior Teacher" in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition — one of the foremost Buddhist scholars in the West. Lopon Rita will give meditation instruction and her teachings on the Four Noble Truths with plenty of time for discussion. This weekend program is ideal for beginning level students, as well as seasoned meditators and scholars and we welcome people of all faiths, philosophies and walks of life.
Tsogyaling and Evanston Township High School Collaborate for Summer Class with Special Needs Students
August 2011: In cooperation with the Dimensions of Learning Program of Evanston Township High School (ETHS), Tsogyaling Board Members Colleen Hubbard, Alison Oakes, Laura Dorfman and Nancy Floy will teach mindfulness meditation and yoga in summer sessions of this program at Heartwood Center. Dimensions of Learning offers individualized programs for students who function within the moderately to severely mentally impared ranges.
Evanston Police Learning About Mindfulness Meditation
July 2011: Meditation instructor and massage therapist Louise Rosenberg recently conducted a special outreach session for members of the Evanston Police Department. She shared information about the benefits of meditation. Additional sessions are in the works for later this summer in this ongoing collaboration between the Police Department, Heartwood Center and the meditation center.
Meditation Instructor Nancy Floy to Offer Kids Class through Evanston Public Library
NEW TIME: 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
NEW LOCATION: Evanston Public Library, Main Branch, Loft, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL [ map ]
UPDATE August 2011: Our first classes with the kids were so successful that the kids asked to continue! Beginning August 22, the class is moving to the main branch of the library and beginning now at 5:30 pm.
Nancy is thrilled with the response to this class: "The Library class for kids and teens is going great already with growing interest and attendance. Such wonderful kids! And they are eager to learn and experience meditation." As part of the Safe Summer Summit, teens are always welcome for free at any of our meditation classes.
June 2011: The Evanston Public Library will host a Special Class for Kids & Teens at the Summer Reading Stop in the Evanston Plaza Shopping Center. The teacher is Nancy Floy, President and Owner of Heartwood Center and a certified Meditation Instructor. Students will learn simple techniques that can help lower stress and bring more focus for the mind and body. The free, half-hour class is available to students age 11 to 18. No registration necessary; drop-ins welcome. [ click here for flyer ]
Evanston Mayor Hosts Safe Summer Summit
June 4, 2011: Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and the City of Evanston gathered 150 residents and representatives of the City, not-for-profit groups, schools and the faith community at the Levy Senior Center to share information about summer activities available for local youth. Attendees were urged to volunteer and collaborate in order to stop the recent trend of escalating violence. Tsogyaling board member and meditation teacher Louise Rosenberg attended the summit and met with other members of the community as we continue to investigate ways to offer meditation as a way to reduce tension and increase compassion.
Tsogyaling Board Member Colleen Hubbard (right) joins fellow Heartwood practitioners Nancy Lee, and Diane and Mia Testa as they stand for peace and greet drivers. (Bill Smith photo for Evanston Now)
Peace Vigil for Evanston West Village Community
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL
Tsogyaling Meditation Center participated in a Peace Vigil held after violence occurred at the McDonalds on Dempster Street, April 15. Sadly there was a shooting among some young students and one boy was shot (he is currently in stable condition and recovering). The hostility started last summer between a group of kids in downtown Evanston, then happened again with this same group in our new neighborhood where Heartwood is located. The vigil, initiated by Heartwood Center, was attended by nearly 100 people.
Meditation instructors and member of the board moved through the crowd offering compassionate listening and meditation was taught on the spot Tsogyaling is committed to taking the meditation practice off of the cushion and into our community when needed. Our involvement in the vigil was a wonderful example of engaged buddhism. President of the board, Nancy Floy, met with community Christian Ministers at the vigil and discussed the situation from an interfaith perspective.
Meditation students attended "Bridging the Faith Divide" with His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama of Tibet in Chicago, July 17-18, 2011. See photos >>