In this time of unprecedented uncertainty and stress, many of us feel like the ground is being pulled out from under us. Perhaps we are at a crossroads, needing to make a huge decision and we don’t know which way to go. We may be experiencing personal loss or hardship, or we may be touching the immensity of our collective disruption and polarization.
In this evening event, Kaira Jewel Lingo will offer teachings and practices based on her new book, We Were Made for These Times, drawing from her own experience with times of change and challenge to support you in difficult times. Time-honored teachings will help you develop ease, trust in life, presence, and self-compassion, so you can meet the individual and collective pain of these times with an open heart and clear mind.
Kaira Jewel Lingo is a Dharma teacher who has a lifelong interest in blending spirituality and meditation with social justice. Having grown up in an ecumenical Christian community where families practiced a new kind of monasticism and worked with the poor, at the age of twenty-five she entered a Buddhist monastery in the Plum Village tradition and spent fifteen years living as a nun under the guidance of Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh. She received Lamp Transmission from Thích Nhất Hạnh and became a Zen teacher in 2007, and is also a teacher in the Vipassana Insight lineage through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Today she sees her work as a continuation of the Engaged Buddhism developed by Thích Nhất Hạnh as well as the work of her parents, inspired by their stories and her dad’s work with Martin Luther King Jr. on desegregating the South. In addition to writing We Were Made for These Times: Skillfully Moving through Change, Loss and Disruption, she is also the editor of Thích Nhất Hạnh’s Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. Now based in New York, she teaches and leads retreats internationally, provides spiritual mentoring, and interweaves art, play, nature, racial and earth justice, and embodied mindfulness practice in her teaching. She especially feels called to share the Dharma with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as activists, educators, youth, artists, and families. Visit kairajewel.com to learn more.