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Feb 1, 2022

In Honor of Black History Month

This February, we honor Black History Month 2022, whose theme is “Black Health and Wellness.” We highlight Black teachers bringing forward aspects of the Dharma that speak to cultivating well-being amid the complex and often painful conditions of the world. The practiceof lovingkindness (mettā) remains central for many Black folks and others harmed by ongoing systemic racism and oppression, and well as the power of mindfulness for uprooting trauma and unconscious bias from our hearts and minds.

The Buddha understood that each person’s experience arises based on the conditions of the world and the state of their own heart. Because of this dynamic, practicing the Dharma in service of healing and liberation requires that all of us attend to both internal and external conditions. Whatever our race or position in society, mindfulness and lovingkindness can be a powerful resource as we meet the ongoing challenges of a changing world. Please enjoy the teachings, and join these teachers and beloved community members for our upcoming online programs..

How Mindfulness Can Defeat Racial Bias

When I was promoted to tenured full professor, the dean of my law school kindly had flowers sent to me at my home in Pacific Heights, an overpriced San Francisco neighborhood almost devoid of black residents. I opened the door to find a tall, young, African-American deliveryman who announced, “Delivery for Professor Magee.” I, a petite black woman, dressed for a simple Saturday spent in my own home, reached for the flowers saying, “I am Professor Magee.”

The deliveryman looked down at the order and back up at me. Apparently shaken from the hidden ground of his preconceptions, he looked at me again. Incredulous, he asked, “Are you sure?”

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Published by the Greater Good Science Center.

“Letting Go” into Forgiveness with Joy and Gratitude

We Were Made For These Times

By slowing down, choosing to rest back into the uncertainty rather than fighting it, I was able to touch into a sense of space, precisely in moments when it felt like there was no way to keep going and I would be totally overwhelmed. If we can breathe in and out, putting our mind completely on our breathing, or feel our bodies and put all of our attention on the sensations in the body, we can create that space. We slow things down and let our nervous system recalibrate and center. The external situation may not change, but we’ve changed in relation to our external situation. If we can stop, we have the chance to touch into something deeper than overwhelm. This practice of pausing, or stopping, helps the seed of our question to mature and ripen into the guidance and direction we need.

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We Were Made for These Times, published by Parallax Press.

Body as Elements: First Foundation as a Trauma Informed Practice

August 23, 2021 - Finding True Refuge: A retreat for LGBT*QI2 and GNC Communities.

The Importance of Practice

October 25, 2021 - Monday Night Dharma Talk - The Importance of Practice
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