My teacher Thich Nhat Hanh describes upekkhā as the practice of inclusiveness. It’s the ability to stand firm, and at the same time not take sides, to include many perspectives. He emphasized the need for openness and not being ideological, dogmatic, or imprisoned in our views. Being inclusive means we both give and have spaciousness. But how do we face the world as it is, especially in these times, and keep our hearts spacious?
 
Kaira Jewel Lingo, Equanimity and Loving Our Enemies within the Framework of the Four Brahmavihāras
Kaira Jewel Lingo

Kaira Jewel Lingo

Spirit Rock Residential Teacher

Kaira Jewel Lingo weaves spirituality and meditation with social justice. A nun for 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s community, she now teaches in the Zen and Vipassana traditions at the intersection of racial, climate and social justice. She is author of We Were Made for These Times