Although Jon Aaron first came across meditation in the 1970s, it wasn’t until the mid-1990s — when he started noticing patterns in his relationships that he wanted to address — that he took a deeper dive into meditation. It took a while to find the right teacher, but once he did, he realized he had been getting in his own way, obstructing the progress of his life because of the way he was identifying himself. “As soon as I let go of that and let life live through this body, then everything became much lighter,” he says. Today, Jon has been a meditation teacher for more than a decade, specializing in mindfulness, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MSBR) and insight (Vipassana) meditation. He has given workshops and classes for organizations as diverse as ABC, the New York Open Center, Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers, NYU Medical School, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Jon’s primary dharma teacher has been Matthew Flickstein, with whom he studied Buddhist meditation in the Theravada and non-dual traditions.
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New York Zen Center for Contemplative CareFoundation Program, Healthcare Chaplaincy Feb 2009 - Feb 2010 (a year)
Center for Buddhist StudiesIntegrated Study & Practice Program, Buddhism & Buddhist Practice Feb 2008 - Feb 2009 (a year)
University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolMBSR Teacher Development Intensive Jan 2008 - Jan 2008 (a month)
University of Massachusetts Medical SchoolMBSR Practicum Jan 2006 - Jan 2006 (a month)
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Adjunct TeacherMindfulness Center at Brown Aug 2019 - Present (4 years)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor and Teacher TrainerSelf-Employed Sep 2008 - Present (15 years)
Dharma Teacher and MBSR InstructorNew York Insight Meditation Center May 2008 - Present (15 years)
Mindfulness Meditation InstructorMarlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan Jan 2005 - Present (18 years)