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Spring Washam

Considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based meditation practices to diverse communities; Spring Washam is a well-known teacher, healer, and visionary leader based in Oakland, California. 

She is the author of A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment and The Spirit of Harriet Tubman: Awakening from the Underground. 

Spring is one of the founding teachers at the East Bay Meditation Center, an organization that offers Buddhist teachings with attention to social action and multiculturalism. She is a member of the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, offering teachings on Buddhist philosophy, Insight meditation and loving-kindness practices. Spring is also the founder of Lotus Vine Journeys, a one-of-a-kind organization that blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist wisdom for transformative retreats in South America.

She has practiced and studied Buddhist philosophy in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism since 1999. Spring is also a shamanic practitioner and has studied indigenous healing practices since 2008.

Spring’s workshops, interviews, and writing can be found in mainstream media worldwide.

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Featured Audio Talk
January 1, 2018 - The idea to have a heart of compassion accelerates our spiritual life.

We generate the quality “May I be of benefit,” then ask, “What do I value? What do I want to do here?” It’s all so impermanent! We’re living in a fragile ecosystem right now, with so many signs of danger, and yet we have to keep going with it. What else do you do? You get up and keep going. But within that, we wake up and notice: this is impermanent. Beings appear, they disappear. We forget—it feels like it’s all so solid, like it’s going to last. But it’s not that way. Things arise and pass.

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