You can now listen to a dharma talk by visiting teacher Kaira Jewel Lingo, an ordained nun in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing: Creating a Beautiful Past (10/01/2017).
Drawing on her 15 years living as a nun with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the monastic community, as well as the transition back to lay life two years ago, Kaira Jewel explored in this dharma talk how living deeply in the present allows us to heal wounds from our past, not only in ourselves but also in our ancestors.
Here are some excerpts of the talk:
“We want to figure out how to relate skillfully to the past because there is very important material in our past that we want to learn from. And it is with us now. There is no escaping it, right? We are the past, right now. But how do we engage it skillfully? […]
Because the way we evolved, our minds stick to negative experiences, much more than positive ones. Our minds are like velcro to negative and teflon for positive experiences. Negative experiences lodge in the long-term memory immediately, but it takes 20 seconds for positive experiences to lodge in our long-term memory.”
Kaira Jewel will be leading a one-day sit at the Brooklyn Zen Center on April 1, on Awakening the Mind of Love: Attending to our Deepest Desire. During this one-day sit we will take time to fully experience our bodies, hearts and minds, through sitting and walking meditation, mindful movement, teachings, and group sharing. We will also explore the mind of love using the improvisational forms of InterPlay, an active and creative approach to unlocking the wisdom of the body (appropriate for all bodies and abilities).
Scholarship applications are available for this sit. Please apply by March 19. Registration closes March 23.
For those interested in an opportunity to initiate an exploration of these topics, please note that Kaira Jewel Lingo will be offering a dharma talk on Saturday, March 31, at 11 a.m. (no registration required).
You can find more dharma talks at the Audio Dharma section of this website, including other talks by Kaira Jewel Lingo.
Our programs are given free of charge and made possible by the donations we receive. If you would like to support Brooklyn Zen Center, please visit the “Giving” section of this website. A suggested donation of $10 per audio dharma talk is greatly appreciated.