60 minutes Bringing wise attention to the healing of Capitalism, Colonialism & Racism; a creative way out of this mind made illusion (mano-maya)
Acharya Susmita Barua (Navasajiva)
Intention behind this workshop is to harness the power of collective wise attention (yoniso-manasikara) and intention to bring forth new vision, and insight for inner transformation, research and outer action; find the opportunity for paradigm shift within the twin challenge of long systemic issues like Capitalism and Racism. Both are mind-made illusion and they can be unmade by engaging the bright mind of wisdom and compassion. This is part of my ongoing work of mindful social and economic system change experiment in the sphere of Buddhist social engagement. How our visionary thoughts, intention, attention, new perception, generous action and understanding can bring transformation outside without any violence. Some exciting scientific research on changing our brain, behavior and action will be introduced.
60 minutes Dharma Revolution in India Dr. Santosh I. Raut (Maitriveer Nagarjuna)
60 minutes The Joy & Sorrow of Living: Dharma Sisters Writing and Sharing their Life Stories
Trudy Goodman & Susan Murcott
Writing is another form of practice, and another path to the joy and sorrow of living, learning and teaching. In this Year of the Pandemic, there has more time for reflection. Since January 2021, dharma sisters, Trudy Goodman and Susan Murcott, friends for over 40 years, have been engaged in monthly sharing of their autobiographical writing. This interactive workshop will begin with Trudy and Susan sharing examples of their life-story writing and then invite participants to share examples of their own.
60 minutes Dancing with the Dharma
In order to truly understand the dance, one must be still. And in order to truly understand stillness, one must dance. – Rumi
If you can liberate the body then the heart-mind can follow. In this workshop we focus on meditation and movement, as we integrate the stillness of Buddhist mindfulness meditation with the moving meditations of the 5Rhythms®. The Buddha encouraged us to bring wise attention to every aspect of our lives. In sitting meditation, we have the opportunity to observe the mind and body at rest through silent introspection. In the practice of the 5Rhythms, we engage in mindfulness while in motion. The 5Rhythms is a map that teaches how energy moves. The two polarities of moving and sitting meditation together mirror the dance of life. In this journey we are always moving between these two spectrums. If one learns to not cling or avoid, one can then hold the place of the silent witness and be at ease with all that life offers.
We encourage meditation students to practice mindful dancing in order to bring balance and insight into their lives. We invite dancers to engage in sitting meditation in order to embody integration, balance, and insight. Join us for the groundbreaking union of these two deep and wise practices.
90 minutes May We Gather: Reflections on a National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors
Rev. Duncan Ryuken Williams, Chenxing Han, Funie Hsu
The co-organizers of “May We Gather” – the first national Buddhist memorial service in response to anti-Asian violence held forty-nine days after the 2021 Atlanta-area shootings – will reflect on the historic gathering that called attention to the long history of violence and exclusion of Asian American Buddhists. We believe that in the face of nearly two centuries of xenophobia and systemic violence, Asian American Buddhists have long joined together to rebuild our communities. Piece by broken piece, we sutured the jagged edges of altars, statues, incense burners, and our very bodies and minds back together. This mending is part of our Buddhist practice in America. Each act of rejoining reveals how compassion can arise out of racial suffering, how fragments are inseparable from wholeness. We mend them as a declaration of our interconnectedness, as an expression of gratitude to our ancestors, and as a way to cultivate the karmic conditions for American Buddhism’s continued flourishing.