Upcoming Meditation Classes Offered by the World Bank IMF Staff Meditation Club

Meditation Center of Washington DC


 Mindfulness Meditation Classes Led By 

Dr. A Monica Dorhoi, Sr. Meditation Teacher

Chairwoman of World Bank/IMF Staff Meditation Club (Since 2010)


     When:   Mondays & Wednesdays

              6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Thursdays classes are offered at the Georgetown location

                       Where: 1735 New York Avenue, Washington DC, 20007 (Foggy Bottom)


 No prior experience needed. Nobody will be turned away because of lack of funds. For details, contact organizers at Meditationclub2014@gmail.com or by calling 202-603-9888

  Upcoming Mindfulness Meditation Retreats

December 26 and 27, 2015

Sign up online.

December 2015 Mindfulness Meditation Retreat in Washington DC

Meditation Center of Washington DC


 Mindfulness Meditation Retreat

Led by

Dr. A Monica Dorhoi

Sr. Meditation Teacher

Chairwoman of the World Bank/IMF Staff Meditation Club (Since 2010)


When: December 26 and December 27, 2015

10:00 am to 5:00 pm


Where: Holiday Inn Georgetown, 2101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

 No prior experience with meditation needed. Ticket price is 100 US dollars. Nobody will be turned away because of lack of funds. To register, write us at Meditationclub2014@gmail.com or call us at 202-603-9888.

Down the memory lane: Thank you letter we have received from the Organizing Committee of the Kalachakra 2011

—– Forwarded Message —–

From: …@…
To: monicadorhoi@yahoo.com
Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2011 1:20 AM
Subject: Thank you for your time during Kalachakra 2011

Dear Monica Dorhoi:
Just nine short weeks ago, we were all gathered at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, participating in the Kalachakra for World Peace 2011 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In the time that has passed since then, we’ve had a chance to reflect on this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and hope you have had a chance to do the same.

Most prominent in our reflections is an immense sense of gratitude.

Of course, we feel measureless gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who quite literally created the opportunity, space, skill, and heart through which the Mandala of Kalachakra arose. We are all deeply touched to have had an opportunity to work for such an incredible event, promoting his message of innate human quality of love, compassion, peace and understanding, and pray that each and every one of his aspirations be fulfilled!

Beyond our gratitude to His Holiness, however, we would also like to express our vast ocean of thanks to yourself, and rest of volunteers, your work allowed the Kalachakra to become manifest. Without your hard work and dedication that went into this Kalachakra, there is no way such an awesome event could ever have taken place.

Many of volunteers had remained behind the scenes like yourself, quietly working without ever getting a chance to hear His Holiness’ teachings, so that others could enjoy attending. Others devoted weeks of their lives, some traveling far from home, to assist thousands of people you have never even met.  Whether you worked for just a few hours or days, may we humbly offer a special word of thanks and recognition. You, who served so selflessly, genuinely embodying the tradition of Bodhisattvas.

Thank you so much for all your hard work!

President, Capital Area Tibetan Association,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the Kalachakra for World Peace 2011

Jackie, Jane and Salden

Volunteer Coordinators

Washington DC Kalchakra 2011

Tel: 703…


PS: Same letter in PDF file has been attached in this email

Meditation and how is making a difference in daily life

Excerpt from the talk at 2015 Green Festival — delivered Friday, June 5, 2015 in Washington DC by Dr. A Monica Dorhoi

How many times have you meditated before reading this? Never. Sometimes. Three times week. For a year. For 3 years.

To read this or to practice meditation during the talk at the Green Festival you do not need to have meditated before. If you are breathing, you are meditating.

Let me tell you my story as to how I started to meditate and use meditation in my daily life to make a difference in the life of others. It all started about 10 years ago while working on the PhD dissertation. I wanted to make that time  — to write it the most memorable and less stressful. The PhD dissertation writing is a very tedious and labor intensive process. There is an entire literature, which argues and details its travails. I succeeded. Let me tell you how. …. Last year I was the Ambassador for the American Heart Association (2014) encouraging research on stress and heart disease, wellness and getting results. I wanted to raise awareness to the use of meditation on how to deal with distress and pain in case of emergencies. In 3 months we have attended more than 25 health care fairs and we have been going in any possible federal agency that you can imagine to raise awareness to our message. I am also specialised in dealing and managing any types of crises, emergencies, and disasters.

In last 5 years I also took 4 different trainings at NASA – the space agency. The trainings were not necessarily focused on direct flight experience – although they all related in some sort to it. There was no doubt that my strength was being a risk specialist … ultimately after 10 years of intense meditation and focusing techniques they were also my forte. They discovered it. NASA used similar techniques to those used by meditation masters to train and test its astronauts for over 40 years. I was rated as one of the best. I was designated to present my results and training to them. What we discovered while doing research – and we all like the western academic world to find evidence that meditation works using our own western based research tools and measurement techniques – is that meditation has long been studied in the East. Scientifically that is. It was studied in the equivalent of our universities – their monasteries. As far back as 3,000 years ago. Remember that history of the Western psychological thought has developed, seriously, only in the last 50 years. …. So how many times a day you need to practice it to get results?

A reasonable interval to achieve results is 1 hour for twice a week. For how long? Continuously.

I cannot stress enough to my students that meditation is a skill. It is like learning how to bike. Once you know it you will never really forget it. Even beyond death according the Eastern traditions we never forget it.

As soon as you get on a bike you can just ride along. It is a very portable skill as you do not need anything to be meditating. You just need to be breathing. Getting a cushion, is a luxury. Remember this NASA example on obtaining results. In every NASA textbook, we know that 80 % of the fuel is used soon after or during take off to launch the rocket to get it into the desired altitude in space. Afterwards the rocket takes about 6% of the fuel to remain in space to fly in orbit and to consume about 10% of the fuel to return to Earth or to land. About 4% of the fuel remains in the tanks at the end of the flight(roughly). Now, the different percentages may vary based on the type and weight of the cargo, but this is roughly an example. (To be continued)

Teaching meditation on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the 2015 Green Festival. Location Washington Convention Center

Teaching mindfulness meditation on Friday June 5, 2015 at the 2015 Green Festival at 2:30 pm EST. Dr. Dorhoi was just added to the program.

The Green Festival will be held at the Washington Convention Center, downtown Washington DC between Friday June 5 and Sunday June 7, 2015. The number of visitors last year at the Green Festival was 22,000 (thousands) visitors. This year they expect about 30,000 visitors.

The Green Festival is the largest and oldest running expo focused on sustainability in United States.