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Mindful Protest: Engaged Spirituality requires active non-cooperation with harm: 3rd of 4 Engaged Dharma Webinars

·      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 Kaira Jewel Lingo and 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.

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.

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. Link is coming.

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.