To be our most effective, we must engage in self-protection, self-preservation, and self-care. Join Buddhist teachers Kaira Jewel Lingo and Mushim Patricia Ikeda for this online discussion, recorded on Sept. 21, on cultivating self-care.
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Mushim Ikeda is a Buddhist teacher, social justice activist, writer, mother, and diversity and inclusion consultant based in Oakland, California. Her article, "I Vow Not to Burn Out" was the most read piece of writing in Buddhadharma magazine in 2016, inspiring Buddhist eco-groups, social change agents, and whole families including children to "take the Vow" of sustainability and self- and community-care. Mushim works and teaches at East Bay Meditation Center. She and her yearlong program of mindfulness training for change agents, Practice in Transformative Action, received the Gil Lopez Peacemaker Award from the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California. Mushim is also the recipient of a Global Diversity Leadership Award from the World HRD Congress in Mumbai, India. She has been awarded an honorary doctor of sacred theology degree by the Starr King School for the Ministry. As a Parallax Press production team member, Mushim has proofread most of Thich Nhat Hanh's books in English over the past 25 years, and has been deeply influenced by Thay's teachings.
Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now a lay Dharma teacher based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, and offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools, as well as individual spiritual mentoring. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and helped to start and develop Wake Up Schools, cultivating mindfulness in education. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. She teaches each year at Schumacher College, an ecological college in the United Kingdom. In addition to her roots in the Zen tradition, she also practices and teaches in the Insight tradition, and is an affiliate teacher for the Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC. She contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book, Real World Mindfulness for Beginners, from Callisto Press.