Schedule of Events

Online Meditation and discussion

Tuesdays 7:30 pm; Thursdays 4:30 pm; Fridays 10:30 am (all PT)

Livestreaming on ZOOM | Archived on YOUTUBE

Three-times-a-week online sessions are offered free to all on Zoom. More info here.
You can also view archived sessions at Dean’s YouTube Channel.

In-Person Meditation with Dean

Sunday, August 13, 9:00–10:00 am EDT

Aikido Schools of New Jersey, Roselle Park

Dean Sluyter, cofounder of ASNJ‘s Sunday morning meditation program (ongoing for over 25 years), returns to lead meditation and discussion.

324 W. Westfield Ave, REAR
Roselle Park, NJ 07204

Free, open to all, no registration required.

Summer Meditation Retreat: "Ever Deeper into What's Always Here"

Saturday, Sept. 9, 10:30 am–5 pm / Sunday, Sept. 10, 10:30 am–4 pm

Santa Monica, CA

Our meditative exploration reveals that the “goal” of all practice, unconditional boundless Being, has always been right here. Because it’s our own nature, there’s nothing distant to reach for. This retreat will focus on becoming completely clear about this always-here situation, through both experience and our understanding, and drilling deeper into it. 

Info and registration here.

You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog: The Straight and Twisted Dharma of Rock ’n’ Roll

Sunday, October 1, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Natural Dharma Fellowship ONLINE

More than we may realize, we are shaped by the pop music of our culture. For a couple of generations of us, that means the rock ’n’ roll we grew up with, the songs we heard played repeatedly on the radio or the record player or American Bandstand. Their insistent 4/4 beat pounded an assortment of attitudes and assumptions into our consciousness long before we had any tools for sorting them out.

In this talk, we’ll put on our dharma ears and take a fresh listen to classic rock tunes, from Elvis Presley and Chubby Checker to the Beach Boys and the Doors. We’ll expose some lyrics that subtly nurture unhelpful perspectives (wrong view) and find some that manage to stumble onto intuitive wisdom — and some that do both, depending on how we listen. Let’s rock!

By donation. Info and registration here.

Two-Hour New Year's Eve Morning Session with Dean

Sunday, December 31, 9:00–11:00 am EST

Aikido Schools of New Jersey, Roselle Park

Ring out the old year with Dean Sluyter, cofounder of ASNJ‘s Sunday morning meditation program. This special two-hour session will feature extended meditation, chanting, and deep-dive discussion.

324 W. Westfield Ave, REAR
Roselle Park, NJ 07204

Free, open to all, no registration required.