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Kaira Jewel Lingo

Kaira Jewel LingoKaira Jewel Lingo is a Dharma teacher with 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 Thich Nhat Hanh. She received Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh 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 Thich Nhat Hanh 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: Ten Lessons in Moving through Change, Loss and Disruption," she is also the editor of Thich Nhat Hanh’s "Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children." Now based in New York, she teaches and leads retreats internationally, provides spiritual mentoring to groups, 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.

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Jan 15, 2022 - Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public: Celebrating Dr. King’s Legacy of Love

Justice is what love looks like in public. (Cornel West)

How do we show what love looks like in public? The first element is that caring for ourselves is caring for others, and caring for others is caring for ourselves. These are completely interconnected parts of our lives: we aren’t separate from others, and others aren’t separate from us. I think of it as an infinity symbol. There’s a continuous movement in and out of each because it’s one continuum. We’re just at different points on it at different points in time. 

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