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The Challenge and Gift of Inclusiveness in Times of Fear and Polarization: 2nd of 4 Engaged Dharma Webinars


·      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 Kaira Jewel Lingo and guest presenter, Alison Cohen

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.


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 (, 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.

Kaira Jewel Lingo is a Dharma teacher and ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, and is now based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She provides individual spiritual mentoring and leads retreats internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators, parents and youth in schools, in addition to activists, people of color, artists and families. She teaches regularly at Schumacher College, was lead teacher for Mindful Schools’ year long training for educators, and is a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha.  She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and embodied mindfulness practice and is an InterPlay leader.

Read her recent article on Loving the Earth by Loving One Another, published by One Earth Sangha. Here for the Italian translation.

Please register in advance. Registration link is coming.