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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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Aug 6, 2023 - What is Success on the Spiritual Path

This practice is not a self-improvement project, and it's not about harnessing willpower, fixing ourselves, or getting rid of parts of ourselves. Rather, it’s about really getting to know this mind, this body, and to be with it—to know the light and the shadow, the wholesome and the unwholesome, the clarity and the confusion. Because freedom and transformation don't come from trying to fix ourselves. Freedom and transformation come when we can really be with what's arising and learn from it. Because if nothing inside of us scares us, then we are fearless, and every mind state is workable.  

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