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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