Racism & MIndfulness in Wake of Covid-19 ~ Online Zoom (Scholarship Eligible)
with Sister Clear Grace
June 18 - 21, 2020
Well before the virus arrived the U.S. was plagued with inequalities and unjust systems. History has shown us that the consequences of contagion are not equally felt by all communities. Outbreaks create fear, and fear is a key ingredient for racism and xenophobia to thrive. The coronavirus pandemic has too uncovered social and political fractures within communities, with racialised and discriminatory responses to fear, disproportionately affecting marginalised groups. For many this insistent call of attention to generational and racial disparities only perpetuate a spiral of unpleasant feelings.
Mindfulness meditation can help one to observe preconceptions as they arise in the mind, providing space for cultivating kindness and care. Mindfulness can illuminate implicit bias, and the usually unconscious prejudices that color so much of our mind’s judging nature. Uncovering these habits of mind with a mindfulness practice can cut through the guilt, shame, hatred, and fear that cause so much contraction and suffering in us and in our relationships around race.
Sister True Moon of Clear Grace received her novice ordination in the Plum Village Vietnamese Zen tradition headed by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. She is a member of the Care Taking Council for the Earth Holder Community which is a mindful Earth/Social justice initiative in the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism. She is also a Core member for the ARISE Sangha (Awakening through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity) a community of mindfulness practitioners and monastics who come together to heal the wounds of racial injustice and social inequity, beginning with looking deeply within ourselves and using the energy…
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