Welcome! My name is Kaira Jewel Lingo
I was born in Chicago and grew up there and in Nairobi, Kenya, in a multi-racial family within a residential spiritual community. From a young age I remember feeling connected to people in other countries and knowing that my purpose in life was to be of service, to relieve suffering and bring joy to others.
I graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology and Social Sciences and speak fluent Portuguese, French, German and Italian, and rudimentary Spanish.
I teach Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. I began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, I am now a lay Dharma teacher based in Washington, DC. I lead retreats worldwide, teach meditation, support groups and individuals and offer mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools. I work with students around the world offering ongoing individual support, meeting locally and online. I also run courses in urban, non-residential settings.
I edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and helped to start and develop Wake Up Schools, bringing mindfulness to education. I explore the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and am a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. In spring 2015 and 2016, I was spiritual practitioner in residence at Schumacher College, an ecological college, in the United Kingdom. My spiritual roots are in the Vietnamese Zen tradition, which influences much of my teaching, and I have also practiced Insight meditation extensively. I am currently in the 4-year Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program.