Mindful Peacebuilding Sangha: EMPOWERMENT WEEKEND AUG 29-30, 2020

INFO/ZOOM LINKS:   mindfulpeacebuilding@gmail.com
WEB:  www.mindfulpeacebuilding.org

Sat Morning, Aug 29–11am-12:30pm PST (ZOOM)
Kazu Haga
Author, Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm (published by: Parallax Press)
Founder of the East Point Peace Academy
Trainings in Kingian Non-Violence

Sat Afternoon, Aug 29–2:30pm-4pm PST (ZOOM)
Encampment for Citizenship Youth Leadership Program
Margot Gibney, E.D.
Florencia Ramirez, Author–Eat Less Water
Two Youth Interns

Sun Aug 30–2:30pm-3:30pm PST (ZOOM)
Summer Healing Concert
with Destiny Muhammad, Harpist from the H O O D
w/ spoken word poetry
>> Thich Nhat Hanh, Call Me By My True Names
>>Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, In This Place (An American Lyric)
>>Gracias A La Vida (adapted)

Online Sutra Study: Sutra on the Four Establishments of Mindfulness

Heart Sangha of Santa Cruz and Mindful Peacebuilding




Beginning September 2, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 pm

with Dharma Teacher Jim Scott-Behrends
and co-host Birgitte Moyer-Vinding, OI

Weekly reminders will be sent starting September 1st. For more information,  jsbehrends@aol.com

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Cultural Healing, Restoring Kinship

A Dharma-based Book study of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

This 2-month online course is facilitated by Kaira Jewel Lingo and Hai An. There are 9 racial affinity sanctuary group meetings and 2 community ceremonies. Each week includes recorded teachings and meditations, assigned chapters from the book, additional resources, and an online discussion. Apply here.


Saturdays at 8am Pacific/11am Eastern/4pm UK/5pm EU: October 10 and November 7
Community Ceremony for all participants, 90 minutes long, facilitated by Kaira Jewel & Hai An.

Racial Affinity Group Sanctuary Calls, September 13-November 9
Racial affinity group calls are 75-minutes long. 

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Sunday June 28: Sit. Walk. Listen. Because Black Lives Matter

Sit. Walk. Listen in San Francisco has drawn 75-150 people for each of the past 3 weekends.

Dear friends,

This Sunday June 28 from 10:30am – 1pm, friends from the Bay Area mindfulness communities will be gathering at the “Remember Them” monument in Oakland (Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park, at 19th & Telegraph) to honor and support black lives. You are invited to join us.

Facebook link:https://www.facebook.com/events/642088523062713
Indybay link:https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/22/18834485.php

Dear siblings, these times are a great call for change.

As mindfulness practitioners, we can breathe for others who cannot.  Let’s bring the practice of peaceful compassionate nonviolence to the streets; to listen, to follow, and support black people. 

As Thich Nhat Hanh once said: “Nonviolent action, born of the awareness of suffering and nurtured by love, is the most effective way to confront adversity.”

Together we can walk in peace, love, compassion, and awareness.

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Five Mindfulness Trainings Online Transmission Ceremony

from Jo-ann Rosen

Solstice   7:00 a.m. pdt. June 21, 2020

Dear Community, 

So many are asking now, “WHAT CAN WE DO?”  

One big step is to commit to a life guided by fierce, compassionate, and wise principles.  We offer this guidance in our Five Mindfulness Trainings. 

The Sugarplum Sangha at Mariposa Institute is offering the opportunity to explore and to commit to these trainings during our upcoming 21-day retreat from June 7-28. Those interested in the trainings are not required to attend the retreat; they can participate solely in one or both the following offerings:

1.     Those wanting to explore and discuss the trainings may do so with Dharma Teacher Karen Hilsberg, in two sessions: Thursdays June 11 and 18, 5:00 – 6:00 PM PDT

2.     Those interested in making the commitment to the Five Mindfulness Trainings, or in renewing their commitment, may do so during our formal ceremony, scheduled for the Summer Solstice: June 21, 7:00 AM PDT.  All community members welcome to join, space is limited to 100, those receiving the trainings will have priority.

The Venerable Thich Tu Luc, transmission master for Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, will be presiding over the ceremony. Monks, Nuns and Lay Dharma Teachers of the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism will also be in attendance. You are also welcome to witness and support the community of aspirants during this ceremony.

The ceremony is offered as a gift. Any donations will be given to the Hayward Compassion Meditation Center. 

To join the Ceremony or discussion simply go to:


Honoring Juneteenth: Love and Justice in the time of Coronavirus

from Sister HaiAn

Sunday, June 14th, 8am-10am Pacific/11am-1pm Eastern

Join Kaira Jewel Lingo and Sr. Hai An in this two-hour, online Zoom event to mindfully honor Juneteenth – the historical moment when Union soldiers announced the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. We will reflect on the history of Juneteenth and the legacy of slavery in light of the pandemic and offer space to grieve the recent murders/lynchings of African Americans. The facilitators are a biracial woman of African descent and a white woman. Through guided meditation and discussion in identity groups, we will practice mindfully opening to our pain so that we may heal our ancestors and ourselves, and move toward compassion and justice for all. 

We welcome people of all racial identities to explore how this historical legacy of slavery and it’s transformation impacts all of us and how we can take part in 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 call will begin and close together with the middle divide into separate groups for BIPOC and white folks.

The Zoom call information will be sent to you after you register.

For full details visit:

Kairajewel.com or Facebook

There is no fee for this event. You are invited to offer a donation to support the teachers/facilitators via PayPal https://www.paypal.me/KairaLingo or Venmo (@Kaira-Lingo).

sr haian

This Sunday: Recitation of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings + ARISE 5 Mindfulness Trainings

from Kenley Neufeld

Sunday, June 7, 2020

It is with a heavy heart and a fair amount of anger that I write to you today. While maintaining my quarantine, I am doing what I can do raise the voices of those unheard. To write. To listen. And be a little indignant.

With a bit of surprise, we had planned to have Keith serve as the facilitator in June. He is a member of the Still Water Sangha in St. Paul and has previously participated with the Blooming Heart Sangha in Minneapolis. It feels like a gift that he leads on Sunday.

Please join Order of Interbeing Members and Aspirants in our monthly recitation of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings. This event takes place on the 1st Sunday of each month at 6:30am (Pacific Time).

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Invitation to a Deep Listening Circle for Healing Our White Racism

from John Bell and Augusta Hopkins

June 10   

To my white friends in the practice, like me, I’m sure you were sickened by the callous killing of George Floyd, only the most recent. Alternating waves of anger, grief, feelings of powerlessness, sometimes numbness, and resolve have been flowing through me.

Black friends tell me that what they want from white people is mainly two things–for us to show up for racial justice, and to do racial education and healing work among ourselves and with our fellow white folks. This is our invitation and our spiritual challenge. This is Dharma work. The Dharma doesn’t promise comfort but it does promise liberation.

One step is to recognize and embrace the range of emotions inside.  I find this is best done with the care and support of others. Over the years in various settings, I have facilitated white awareness/eliminating white racism work with white people, including myself. Just this week I published a piece in *Medium* called “Honor and Relief in Healing Our White Racism
<https://medium.com/@jbellminder/honor-and-relief-in-healing-our-white-racism-cdf020408335>” which will fill in the back story if you wish to read it.

I would like to invite all Plum Village practitioners who identify as white to join together for a 90 minute *“Deep Listening Circle on Healing Our White Racism.”*  We will explore our suffering, upset, broken-heartedness around race in a safe setting, and separate from our friends of color. We will practice deep listening in pairs, small dharma sharing groups, and
whole group reflections.  Obviously, 90 minutes is a beginning but insufficient time, so there will be an optional continuation of these Deep Listening Circles for those who wish.

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We Are Called Forward – A Practice from ARISE Sangha

Dear Beloved Community,

Meeting suffering where it is – a path to freedom.

Centering the lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)  in our practices meets the suffering where it is and offers a path to freedom.  ARISE full-heartedly supports the “Five Mindfulness Trainings, New Paradigm for Racial Justice and the Global Pandemic,” an offering by Marisela Gomez and Valerie Brown.ARISE encourages all Plum Village practitioners to read and practice these Five Mindfulness Trainings.  We invite you and your Sanghas to read, study, and practice them.

A deep bow,
ARISE Sangha
Awakening Through Race, Intersectionality and Social Equity

Five Mindfulness Trainings, New Paradigm For Racial Justice and the Global Pandemic                                                  

Marisela Gomez and Valerie Brown

Let us open to a new and deeper way of understanding the Five Mindfulness Trainings, guiding principles for mindful and ethical living, which call us toward individual and collective awakening, compassion, and peace. We are aware that we are interconnected. What happens in Wuhan, China affects people in New York City. We are called forward. 

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21-Day Workout: Sangha Body Building

Dear Respected Thay, Dear Community,

As a community of deeply caring and engaged people, a commonly heard struggle is how to keep stretching our bandwidth to an ever-increasing set of fundamental issues that urgently need attention, wise attention.  Our sangha practice provides a container, energy, support and collaboration to skillfully stretch our bandwidths.

Sugarplum Sangha wants to invite you to partake of any and all practices for our online offerings to bolster the mahasangha. This is our third 21 day retreat, held from June 7-28.

We chose the name during lighter times, “21 day workout: Sangha Body Building”.  In this moment, it seems so light hearted.  Our offering is to be able to go deep and maintain our grasp on joy/happiness, holding those in our two hands.

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