Grow the Good: Applying Wise Diligence to Incline our Minds towards Wellbeing and Resilience
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Grow the Good: Applying Wise Diligence to Incline our Minds towards Wellbeing and Resilience

The Buddha offered 4 ways to practice Wise Diligence, which is one of the aspects of the Eightfold Path. These are:

  • Wake up wholesome mind states when they are not arising in the mind

  • Keep wholesome mind states alive in the mind once they've already arisen

  • Avoid waking up unwholesome states of mind when they haven't yet arisen in the mind

  • Be present for unwholesome mind states as soon as they arise in the mind, so that they don't cause avoidable suffering

Neuroscience research has also discovered how mindfulness can change our brain and incline our minds toward greater happiness and ease. We will explore concrete practices to reduce the negativity bias so that we can grow our capacity for joy and wellbeing, not only as individuals but also as a collective. These practices are also essential in helping us to maintain our balance and resilience in social justice work and resisting oppressions.

This talk is offered through the Weekly Dharma Gathering. I will offer a guided meditation, a talk, and then Questions and Answers.

Cost is $10 or $25 a month.

Dharma talks by new and leading meditation and Buddhist teachers. Every Wednesday at 7pm ET. Live & Recorded.


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A Spiritual Response to the Climate Crisis: Webinar hosted by the UK Sangha
Nov
24
10:30 AM10:30

A Spiritual Response to the Climate Crisis: Webinar hosted by the UK Sangha

·      How can we be part of healing the climate crisis as individuals, while understanding its collective reality?

·      How to see ourselves as nature?

·      What does mindful consumption mean for us as practitioners in this time of crisis?

·      How can we practice compassion in action to address the “ecological anxiety” of panic, depression and despair?

A 90 min webinar. We will begin with a guided meditation, followed by a talk, and end with question and answers.

@ 10:30am in Eastern time zone of the USA and 3:30pm in the UK.

Please register in advance here by Nov 17.

Hosted by Plum Village UK/ Community of Interbeing

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Engaged Dharma:  Responding Mindfully to Suffering and Injustice -- A Fall Webinar Series
Sep
22
12:00 PM12:00

Engaged Dharma: Responding Mindfully to Suffering and Injustice -- A Fall Webinar Series

A series of 4 webinars with Kaira Jewel Lingo and guest presenters

Hosted by Avalokita Centre, Italy

Fall 2019

What contribution can we offer as practitioners in the face of the climate emergency and the rapid impoverishment of biodiversity on a global level? How can we respond to increasingly acute social injustice—the growing wealth gap, systemic racism, the spread of xenophobic and authoritarian ideologies, all against the backdrop of a culture of exploitation of natural and human resources, that puts profit above all else?

We can be the soothing balm of healing for a world in crisis by practicing peace in our daily lives and by actively participating in mindful collective awakening.

Join Kaira Jewel Lingo and guest presenters this fall for a series of 4 webinars as we collectively occupy the intersection of committed practice and spiritual activism. Each webinar begins with a guided meditation, followed by a presentation, and ends with time for interaction and Questions and Answers.

Register in advance here: https://forms.gle/K7VuLAyM2Jxq3eGX9

September 22nd

A Spiritual Response to the Climate Crisis 

·      How can we be part of healing the climate crisis as individuals, while understanding its collective reality?

·      How to see ourselves as nature?

·      What does mindful consumption mean for us as practitioners in this time of crisis?

·      How can we practice compassion in action to address the “ecological anxiety” of panic, depression and despair?

With guest presenter, Nomi Green

 

October 20

The Challenge and Gift of Inclusiveness

in Times of Fear and Polarization

·    How can we address our own tendencies to judge and exclude others, and learn to question and challenge our own biases?

·   How can we build communities that are truly inclusive and radically welcome all of who we are, where all people can feel at home, regardless of race, belief, age, class, gender identity, and sexual orientation?

·      In this time of rising xenophobia globally, how do we practice inclusiveness, and support our spiritual communities and society to embrace diversity and transform fear of the ‘other’? 

With guest presenter, Alison Cohen

 

November 17

Mindful Protest: Engaged Spirituality requires

active non-cooperation with harm

·      How do we live the Mindfulness Training to “speak out against injustice even if it threatens our safety” while also not “taking sides in a conflict”?[1]

·      What does mindful, spiritual engagement look like? For us as individuals and for our spiritual communities?

·      How might we take inspiration from present-day movements for social change guided by a spirit of compassion and wisdom (Extinction Rebellion, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Standing Rock, Mauna Kea)?

 With guest presenter, Marisela Gomez

 [1] This text is found in the 9th and 10th trainings of the 14 Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing, offered by Thich Nhat Hanh.

December 15th               

Cultivating Joy and Right Mindfulness

as the foundation of Engaged Dharma

 ·      How do we stay engaged and not burn out? We will draw inspiration from spiritual practitioners who continue to speak out against injustice and create the world we want now

·      How can we come home to touch our inner stillness and wisdom as the foundation of our action?

·      We will explore the role of deepening our joy and looking for the good as  strategies of resilience

 With guest presenter, Gullu Singh

 Time

Each monthly webinar is on a Sunday beginning at 6pm Italian time, 12pm EST in the USA, and 9am West Coast USA, and will last 2 hours.

 Host and Language

The series is bilingual, in English and Italian. It is hosted by Avalokita Centre, an Italian mindfulness practice center in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh (www.avalokita.it), in cooperation with Andrea Carbone and Anita Constantini, who will provide live, consecutive Italian translation at every webinar (after a few sentences in English, there will be Italian translation). Non-Italian speakers are also warmly invited to participate, a precious opportunity for an international community of practitioners to explore and support each other in engaged practice across continents (and an occasion for non-Italian speakers to enjoy hearing the Italian language!). Priority will be given to Italian participants in the Q&A section of each webinar.

 Registration

To confirm your participation in the first webinar, please register here. Once you have registered we will email you the zoom link for the webinar.

Attendance is open to everyone. You can register for all four webinars or attend single sessions.

Generosity

These teachings are offered in the spirit of generosity. You are invited to take part in the beautiful practice in many of our spiritual traditions of generosity, connecting to the flow of giving and receiving, by supporting the work of the teachers, who rely on your donations to continue their work. If everyone contributes even a small amount, it will help ensure that the teachers are able to continue the work of making these teachings available. Once you register, you will receive information on how to offer a donation.

Guest Presenters:

 September Webinar

 Nomi Green, ordained True Source of Virtue in the Order of Interbeing, is a co-founder of Earth Holder Community.  She majored in eco-feminism during her undergraduate college years and is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist who specializes in trauma and is looking deeply with others at how to bring these skills to support the climate upheaval we face. She finds hiking, community and mindfulness practice help her be at home in this rapidly changing world. Nomi lives in the White Shell Water Place (Santa Fe, NM USA) on the unceded land of the Tewa people where drought is ever present and the Oglala Aquifer is declining. 

October Webinar

Alison Cohen loves any opportunity to integrate community-building, contemplative practice, social justice, and joy. She currently teaches mindfulness-based workshops, courses, and retreats, including implicit bias training, and mentors participants in Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield's Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program. In addition, Alison coaches educators, school leaders, and young adults. She is trained as a Mindful Schools Certified Mindfulness Instructor and an MBSR teacher. mindfulchangefromtheinsideout.com

November Webinar

 Marisela Gomez is a mindfulness practitioner (ordained in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing), public health scholar activist, and physician. Of Afro-Latina ancestry, she lives in Baltimore involved in social justice activism and community building/research. Author of Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore, and numerous book chapters in popular and scholarly publications. She blogs at Huff Post and mariselabgomez.com on the intersection of wisdom justice and mindfulness. Watch a TedTalk she gave on healing racism through waking up here. She practices with the Baltimore and Beyond Mindfulness Community.

December Webinar

 Gulwinder “Gullu” Singh is a corporate real estate attorney who regularly teaches both secular and Buddhist classes and groups at InsightLA and at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, has taught mindfulness at the University of Southern California and has been a guest lecturer on mindfulness at UCLA Law School. Although he was exposed to meditation as a child, he found his own practice when he started his legal career, working at firms where the mindsets where insane and as a result, the job was extremely stressful.

Gullu is deeply inspired to share meditation as an antidote to stress, a way to cope more effectively with the challenges of work and live and to inject more sanity, compassion and wisdom into this world. lambsr.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Wisdom Summit: Growing Our Hearts: Loving Ourselves  Wholeheartedly
Sep
13
12:00 PM12:00

Black Wisdom Summit: Growing Our Hearts: Loving Ourselves Wholeheartedly

Register to get your free ticket and join me and 20 other wisdom teachers for the first-ever Black Wisdom Online Summit, which airs Sept 12-15. #BlackWisdom

My talk is 13 September 2019, 9:00 am PDT/ 12 pm ET

Please use THIS dedicated link to sign up for the summit.

https://event.blackwisdomsummit.com/?sc=zdRrM3fZ&ac=5J1ztnyp

Hope to see you there!

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Jul
31
3:00 AM03:00

Read my latest article: Loving the Earth by Loving One Another

July 26, 2019

https://oneearthsangha.org/articles/loving-one-another/

There is a connection between how we treat ourselves, each other, and the planet. None of these realms are separate. They all influence each other. If we treat ourselves with respect and love, and are in respectful, loving relationships with others, we will relate to the earth with respect. We would not wreak such destruction on our planet if we were not mistreating, harming and abusing ourselves and each other.

Here to read full article.

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Emancipation: Honoring Juneteenth and it’s meaning for us today
Jun
16
11:00 AM11:00

Emancipation: Honoring Juneteenth and it’s meaning for us today

Sunday, June 16th, from 8am-10am Pacific/11am-1pm Eastern

Join Kaira Jewel Lingo and Sr. Hai An in this two-hour, online Zoom event to mindfully celebrate Juneteenth—the historical moment when Union soldiers announced the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. We will learn about the history of Juneteenth and the facilitators--a woman of color and a white woman--will offer their reflections on the meaning of this day for our mindfulness practice. Through guided meditation and discussion in identity groups, we will explore how we can apply mindfulness in the service of healing our ancestors and ourselves and in support of emancipation for all of us. We welcome people of all racial identities to explore together how this historical legacy of slavery and it's transformation impacts all of us and how we can practice together to create greater justice and racial healing.

Please register in advance using this link so that we can prepare the breakout groups according to your self-identified racial identity. This information will be kept private and used only for the purposes of this call.

The Zoom call information will be sent to you after you register.

There is no fee for this event. You are invited to offer a donation to support the teachers/facilitators via PayPal or Venmo (@Kaira-Lingo).

We hope to see you there!

About the facilitators:

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Kaira Jewel Lingo began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, leading retreats internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools, as well as individual spiritual mentoring. She offers regular people of color mindfulness retreats and retreats and workshops on healing racism. She is in the current Spirit Rock Teacher Training Program. Visit kairajewel.com to learn more.

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Sr. Hai An is a Bhikshuni, a Buddhist nun, based in Toronto. She received monastic ordination from Thich Nhat Hanh 2012 and trained at Plum Village Monastery in France and Blue Cliff Monastery in New York State. She is a founding member of the ARISE Sangha bringing racial justice to the forefront of the Plum Village community. She left the monastery in 2018, holding the teachings of Plum Village as her core practice while blending them with early Buddhist practices, social justice teachings, mystical Christianity, neuroscience, music, and poetry. Visit listenlovetrust.wordpress.com for more.

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Soften the hard places: Opening our hearts to those we find difficult
May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Soften the hard places: Opening our hearts to those we find difficult


11am Pacific US, 2pm Eastern US, 7pm UK time, 8pm European time.
Online Class with Worldwide Insight

The teacher Neem Karoli Baba said, "Don't throw anyone out of your heart." What about people who have hurt us, or are currently hurting us or others? This Sunday May 5th we will explore together practices that help us to transform our resentment, fear and anger toward these difficult people, and learn to open our hearts to them, moving through obstacles that hold us back so that we can be free to live and love fully. When we open to the boundless love that exists in each of us, not only do we experience profound transformation, but difficult relationships can transform as well. You can register using this link.

If you miss the live class, you can also watch it later here.

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Jan
28
to Feb 1

Preschool Mindfulness Summit--FREE

Join over 25 experts for the Preschool Mindfulness Summit 

January 28nd - February 1 2019

Interviews start at 9am EST (New York) each day and will be posted for 24 hours

Register here

Over 25 interviews including Dr. Rick Hanson,  Dr. Ron Siegel, Whitney Stewart, Lorraine Murray (and me!) more share their ideas, solutions and tools to bring mindfulness to your home or preschool.

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Nov
11
4:00 PM16:00

Finding Your True Voice at Home, Work and in Community

Finding Your True Voice at Home, Work and in Community: Speaking Out Against Social Injustice with Deep Listening and Loving Speech

An online class via Zoom hosted by the Waving Grass Sangha and Plumline online sanghas. Here for more info. The teachings are offered on a dana basis, and you are invited to donate here. 4-5:30pm Eastern, or 1-2:30pm Pacific.

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Teaching from the Heart: A Day of Mindfulness for Educators
Oct
27
9:30 AM09:30

Teaching from the Heart: A Day of Mindfulness for Educators

UPDATE: Teacher is now Ofosu Jones-Quartey.

In this daylong for educators we will learn and practice tools for taking good care of ourselves, so that we can be truly present for those we teach, and bring the best of ourselves into the classroom. We will slow down and come home to our body and breath by practicing mindful sitting, walking and eating silently together, as well as deep relaxation, a mindfulness talk, and group discussion.

“The unwritten curriculum in the classroom is the teacher's presence.”

Meena Srinivasan, author of Teach, Breathe, Learn

We can’t transmit mindfulness in our work as educators if we don’t embody it ourselves. Therefore the focus of our day will be on nourishing ourselves as educators, yet we will also explore secular mindfulness practices and exercises we can share with our students.

The focus of the day is on secular applications of mindfulness and is therefore appropriate for educators of all faith traditions or none.

Whether you are a teacher, school counselor, administrator, or simply have an interest in mindfulness in education—all are welcome.

Please bring a packed lunch with you.

Teacher/Retreat manager: Ofosu Jones-Quartey

Registration Information

IMCW daylongs open for registration 12 weeks in advance.

Fees: Base $75, Mid $85, Sponsor $95

here for more info and here to register

The base offering covers direct expenses for this event, including support for the teacher. Your payment at the two higher levels includes a tax-deductible donation to the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW).

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. To apply, please click the "Contact Us" button below before registering. You can also direct a donation to the scholarship fund on the registration form. Please apply early as funds are limited.

IMCW Refund Policy: $35 of the registration fee is non-refundable. If you contact the retreat manager by clicking the "Contact Us" button below three weeks before the event, the balance of your registration will be refunded. Issuing a refund check may take 2-4 weeks. If you cancel less than three weeks before your retreat begins, your full payment is forfeited.

Accessibility: Please specify any special needs or accommodations in the "Special Requests" section of the registration form. Thank you.

Late Registration: Online registration will close at 12 a.m. the day before the retreat. To request late registration, please email the retreat manager to check if there are still openings (email button, below).

 

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Move From Separation to Authentic Connection--Online Course
Oct
23
to Nov 18

Move From Separation to Authentic Connection--Online Course

The world is divided enough without being separated from your own heart

Explore how you can cultivate true love to strengthen and bring greater fulfillment into all of your relationships, whether with yourself, loved ones or friends, in our workplace or wider community. 

Painful and dangerous levels of divisiveness and conflict are growing around the world. These heart practices help us to find and nurture the thread of connection that is always there between us and others, individually and collectively. 

Kaira deeply enriches the lives of anyone who practices with her both spiritually and emotionally. Like her teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, her teachings are sourced in heart-wisdom, and offered with a wonderful blend of compassion, warmth and openness.

Tara Brach

More info here.

 

Join now for earlybird pricing

Normal price: $225  Your price: $175 (until 23 Sept.)  

SIGN UP NOW HERE

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Cultivating True Love: Mindfulness and Relationships
Sep
19
to Oct 31

Cultivating True Love: Mindfulness and Relationships

Wednesdays, September 19-October 24, plus Sundays, September 30 and October 28, 4-6 p.m. 

Classes will be held at 2 locations in Takoma Park: Seekers Church and Takoma Park Presbyterian Church. The first class will be at TPPC.

More info and to register here

In this 8-session class we explore how we can cultivate true love and bring mindfulness into all of our relationships, whether our relationships with ourselves, a partner, within our family, with friends, in our workplace or community. In order to build a mindful, healthy culture, we must create strong, loving and lasting relationships in our family and community.

We will study each of the 4 elements of True Love for 2 weeks: loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity or inclusiveness. In the first week, we focus on how to practice this element towards ourselves and in the second week, how we can practice it with others. Each class will include a guided meditation, a teaching, interactive activities, and time for discussion and sharing. 

Participation is limited to 18 people maximum as the class aims to build community and emphasizes deepening connection between all participants. So in each class there will be time for each person who wishes to either present on some aspect of their own journey in relationships or take part in the Hot Seat game, which involves answering questions from other participants (posed with kindness, curiosity and respect) so we can get to know each person better.

The course will include a focus on mindful communication (deep listening and loving speech), as well as journaling, creative practices of arts and crafts, writing love letters, practices for reconciling conflict, as well as mindful movement and walking meditation.

This venue is accessible for those with mobility impairments.

 Registrations, Scholarships, Refunds

FEES:

Class series, base: $240.00

Class series, mid-level: $280.00

Class series, sponsor: $320.00

More info and to register here

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation
Sep
17
to Dec 17

Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation

Mondays 7pm-8:30pm, Sept 17-Dec 17 

This class consists of guided meditation, a dharma talk, opportunities for practice, mindful movement, and discussion.

This series will introduce the practice of mindfulness meditation and give an overview of helpful means for working with thoughts, opening to difficult emotions, developing wisdom and deepening compassion.

No registration is necessary.  Each class stands alone and attendance at one class does not require attendance at the others – however, the fullest integration will be achieved by attending each of the sessions.

This class does not meet in the summer.

Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend. Chairs are provided or you may bring your sitting gear.

Fee: This series is freely offered. There will be an opportunity to offer dana (donation) each week at class. Suggested donation $10-15.

This facility is fully handicap accessible.

Parking:  There is no free parking during this class time, but participants can park at the Metro across the street or find street parking.

More info here.

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Jun
3
6:30 PM18:30

Awaken the Heart: Cultivate Innate Goodness --Washington Mindfulness Community

The mind-heart of love, also called bodhicitta in Sanskrit, is the desire to awaken, serve and relieve suffering. It is a tremendous source of energy for personal and collective awakening. Without it, we would not be drawn to spiritual practice or towards social transformation. We can learn to trust and cultivate our innate goodness, compassion and insight. 

This Sunday at the Washington Mindfulness Community, we will explore the power of mindfulness to help us cultivate and trust the seeds of insight, love, and solidity that have been passed down to each one of us. We will take time to fully experience our bodies, hearts and minds, through mindful breathing, sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, group discussion, and creative expression through the improvisational forms of InterPlay, an active approach to unlocking the wisdom of the body (appropriate for all bodies and abilities).

$10-15 suggested donation.

Here for more info about the schedule and venue.

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Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

Speaking out against Injustice with Deep Listening and Loving Speech

I am very happy to announce that on Sunday, 3rd June I will be teaching at Worldwide Insight, a unique online platform for live, interactive dharma teachings. It is free to sign up and participate in the class. I will be teaching on the theme of Speaking out against Injustice with Deep Listening and Loving Speech.

 The class is from 2-3:30pm EST, and 7-8:30pm in the UK. I hope you can join me. You can find out more at www.worldwideinsight.org, and you can share details of the class through the Worldwide Insight Facebook page at http://bit.ly/2jXkhIt.

How can we stand up for the values of social justice, inclusion, respect and dignity for all in a way that helps to heal division? How can we reach out to those who are different from us to help bridge the divide?

We will explore the power of loving speech and deep listening, the fourth of the five mindfulness trainings as offered by Thich Nhat Hanh. We will explore how our words and compassionate listening can both protest harm and promote reconciliation and peace.


 

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Apr
6
to Apr 8

COME HOME TO YOURSELF: A weekend retreat in Germantown, MD

  • Wellspring Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Organized by the Opening Heart Sangha Mindfulness Community. More info here.

Dear Friends,

There is an island within us that very much needs our care. For this year's spring retreat, Come Home to Yourself, we will take time to fully experience our bodies, hearts and minds, and become aware of our breath, food, speech and actions. We will slow down and enter into a place of calm within ourselves, the environment, and each other. Through the practice of mindfulness we will learn how to nourish happiness, gratitude, good communication and serenity in our daily life. 

The retreat will be led by teacher Kaira Jewel Lingo. Kaira Jewel brings 15 years of experience as a Buddhist nun living and working with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and her years of teaching mindfulness, with a warm and openhearted presence.

Activities include: yoga, sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating in silence, group discussions and deep relaxation. We will also learn InterPlay, a powerful mindfulness tool to grow ease.

Come join us for a restorative weekend. We'd love to have you.

Warmly,

The OHMC Board & Activity Organizers

REGISTER HERE

 

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Mar
24
9:30 AM09:30

March for Our Lives with other Mindfulness Practitioners

Dear friends,

On Saturday morning, March 24, the Washington DC Area Mindfulness Communities practicing in the tradition of Plum Village will gather at the Upper Senate Park between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m, to March for Our Lives. 

You are invited to join us.

During our time together, we will sit in meditation, sing, and walk mindfully in preparation for offering our peaceful presence as participants in the March For Our Lives. We will depart Upper Senate Park at 11:00 a.m.

Location: 
Upper Senate Park  (The Google Maps address for the park is 200 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001. )  The park is located immediately west of the Russell Senate Building. Below is a map that shows how to walk from closest Metro stations (Union Station, Capitol South, Federal Center) to the Upper Senate Park meeting location. 

 

Schedule:
9:30 a.m. - Begin arriving at Upper Senate Park
10:00 a.m. - 11: a.m. Gathering together for meditation, singing, mindful walking
11:00 - Start to walk mindfully to the rally site.
12 p.m. - Event is scheduled to begin.

Things to Know/Consider Before Attending:

  • A very large crowd is expected. Metro will be crowded.
  • Cell phones might not work during the event so leave home early enough that you can join us before we leave the Upper Senate Park at 11 a.m.
  • Think to buy SmartTrip cards or add money to the cards in advance.
  • Metro has created a page with information about getting to the march. It will open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, and add trains to accommodate the march.
  • Metro information page: https://www.wmata.com/rider-guide/travel-to-national-mall.cfm
  • Although there have been no clear guidelines about backpacks or signs, it would be best to carry a small backpack.
  • If you make signs try to avoid using sticks that might be misconstrued as "weapons."
  • Everyone should carry water and food.
  • Access to restrooms may be limited.
  • It has been suggested that to identify ourselves we wear brown and / or wear a paper or cloth sunflower.
  • Late breaking information about the mindfulness community's participation in the March will be posted on our Plum Village Community FaceBook Events page:


A Teaching from Thay: 
In Man is Not the Enemy, an essay Thay (the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh) wrote in 2000, he reflects on his efforts to end the War in Vietnam and the engaged practice insights he has since acquired:
 

"Having learned and practiced the teachings of Interbeing I no longer see anyone as my enemy and in my heart is a feeling of lightness and immense space. I do not even feel hatred towards people who have made me or my people suffer because I know how to look at them with the eyes of understanding and love. You may ask: "Then are you going to give that band of mad, cruel, fanatical thieves and murderers freedom to continue to destroy and make misery without doing anything to stop them?" No! We have to do everything we can to stop them, we cannot allow them to continue to kill, plunder, oppress and destroy, but our actions will never be motivated by hatred. We have to stop them, not allowing them to cause misery. If necessary we can bind them, put them in prison, but this action has to be directed by our bodhisattva's heart and while we act like this we continue to maintain our loving-kindness, wanting them to be able to have a chance to wake up, and change." 
 

with love,

The Washington Area Mindfulness Communities:

Boat of Compassion Sangha

Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax

Opening Heart Mindfulness Community

Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center

Washington Mindfulness Community

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Mar
9
to Mar 14

Cultivating True Love: Mindfulness and Relationships

At Sharpham, Totnes, UK

Kaira Jewel Lingo will lead this retreat on bringing mindfulness to relationships – including those with ourselves, a partner, within our family, with friends, in our workplace or community.

You’ll study each of the four elements of true love: loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity/inclusiveness, learning how to apply the elements to yourself and to others. By creating strong, loving and lasting relationships in our families and communities, we help to build a mindful, healthy culture.

More info here.

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A Mindful Life: Inner and Outer Transition
Mar
5
to Mar 9

A Mindful Life: Inner and Outer Transition

At Schumacher College, in Totnes, Devon, UK

With Kaira Jewel Lingo & Sophy Banks

“Attention is the most basic form of love; through it we bless and are blessed” ― John Tarrant 

Cultivate attention and learn how to apply mindfulness in all areas of your personal and community life. Each day there will be meditation, mindful breathing, outdoor mindful walking, group discussions, eating mindfully (with some part of the meal in silence) and deep relaxation. There will also be regular sessions of InterPlay, a powerful mindfulness tool to grow ease, connection, and wisdom through play.

More info here

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