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


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 to learn more.


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 for more.

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Soften the hard places: Opening our hearts to those we find difficult
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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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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6:50 PM18:50

Brooklyn Zen Center: Body Wisdom for Healing Separation*: Moving with Metta and Ubuntu

Brooklyn Zen Center:

Body Wisdom for Healing Separation*: Moving with Metta and Ubuntu

This evening will begin with a 30-minute guided meditation at 6:50 p.m. followed by guided improvisational movement to music.

The focus of our movement – which will alternate between moving all together, in pairs, and solo – will be on healing the separation within ourselves, and between us and others. We will explore the practices of metta, friendliness or loving kindness, and ubuntu, the affirmation of our shared humanity and unity, through movement and awareness of the breath. The class will awaken joy and sense of connection – to ourselves, each other and to life.

The class will be accessible to all bodies and levels of ability. Everyone is welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing so you may move freely and if your body is ready to, be prepared to sweat! Please also bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

*To stay in our bodies and with our own present-moment experience, we ask everyone to maintain noble silence throughout the entire class. We will end with a brief meditation and group reflection.

Kaira Jewel Lingo has been sharing this movement practice in her mindfulness and meditation retreats for several years. She experiences it as a powerful tool that helps us to live more deeply embodied and in touch with our body wisdom.

The custom of dana (generosity) is fundamental to Buddhist practice. All dana received supports our Teachers and center, and is essential for the continuation of our community and practice. Through monetary dana, we suggest a $10 donation – which is neither a ceiling or floor amount. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

More info here.

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7:00 PM19:00

Solid as a Mountain: Staying Rooted in Challenging Times

“Go back and take care of yourself.
Your body needs you, your feelings need you, your perceptions need you.
Your suffering needs you to acknowledge it.
Go home and be there for all these things….”
— Thich Nhat Hanh

We all need strong roots in order to thrive and withstand the storms of our life. What are our roots? Where do we take refuge when things become difficult?

Join Kaira Jewel Lingo on Thursday, November 16 at the Lamont Dharma House to explore ways to strengthen our connections to the things that keep us healthy and grounded. We will also look into the profound gifts that times of chaos and turmoil can provide, if we know how to let go and enjoy the ride!

The session is from 7-8:30 p.m. If you arrive late please wait to enter until the meditation has ended. Then you can enter through the second door at end of hallway.

The session will include silent meditation, a dharma talk, and a brief Q and A.

All Lamont Dharma House events are free and open to the public, but we encourage people to give dana (donation) to support the teachers and the space. The suggested donation for this event is $10-15.

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7:30 PM19:30

Dwelling In the Present We Can Heal the Past and Take Good Care of the Future

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Subbing for Jonathan Foust's Monday Sitting group: Drawing on stories of 15 years of living as a nun with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and transitioning to lay life in the last 2 years, Kaira Jewel will explore how living deeply in the present allows us to heal wounds from our past, not only in ourselves but also in our ancestors. And how the only way to prepare well for the future is to take good care of this moment, right here and now.

By donation. More info here.

Monday Night Evening Schedule

6:30 – 7:20  Optional Yoga Class (offered by donation)

7:30 – 8:00   Guided Meditation

8:00 – 8:45   Dharma Talk

8:45  Tea and cookies are served in the lobby most evenings

8:50 – 9:30  Optional Discussion Group

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7:00 PM19:00

We were made for these times: Touching our True Home in the Here and Now--Public Talk in Cheverly, Maryland

Tuesday, June 27, 7-8:30pm, Cheverly United Methodist Church yoga room
Suggested donation $10-15 (please bring cash to the talk)

On this evening, we will come home to ourselves to access our strength, wisdom, courage and joy, so needed for us to meet these difficult times with freedom and clarity. The evening will include a guided meditation, a talk and time for questions and reflections.
Space is limited, so please register in advance.


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2:00 PM14:00

World Wide Insight Talk: We were made for these times

We were made for these times: Touching our True Home in the Here and Now

I am very happy to announce that on Sunday 18th 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… The class starts at 2pm EST, 7pm UK. I hope you can join me. You can find out more at, and you can share details of the class through the Worldwide Insight Facebook page at

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