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Kaira Jewel Lingo's Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Kaira Jewel Lingo
Kaira Jewel Lingo is a Dharma teacher and lived as an ordained nun for 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, and is now based in New York. She provides individual spiritual mentoring and leads retreats internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators, parents and youth in schools, in addition to activists, people of color, artists and families. She mentors with the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, was lead teacher for Mindful Schools’ year long training for educators, teaches teens and adults with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, and is a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha. She edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and has been published in numerous other books and magazines. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and embodied mindfulness practice and is an InterPlay leader. Read her recent article, In Times of Crisis Call Upon the Strength of Peace, published in Lion’s Roar magazine.
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2024-01-16 Metta for All Beings (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 53:37
We introduce sending metta for all beings and the guided meditation leads us to offer metta to self, a dear friend or benefactor, neutral person, difficult person and then in the 2nd half of the meditation much guidance is offered for the ways we can include all beings in our metta.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta 2024
2024-01-15 Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public: Honoring Dr. King and Cultivating Bodhicitta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:32
We begin with Al Lingo, Kaira Jewel Lingo's dad telling stories of his time in the Civil Rights Movement working with Dr. King and then explore the importance of cultivating our hearts and minds to be able to support justice in the world, and also the importance of cultivating bodhicitta. We end with Dr. King's words condemning the war in Vietnam and the damaging effect of militarism on our collective health, and our current bloated military budget.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta 2024
2024-01-13 Introduction to Compassion Meditation and Guided Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 4:32:57
We cover what compassion is and how it can help soothe our pain much better than avoiding or denying it. We distinguish between compassion and pity and then offer a variety of compassion phrases we can use. In the guided meditation, we begin with a dear friend who is undergoing some kind of suffering and then move on to ourselves, offering self-compassion for our own physical or mental suffering.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta 2024
2024-01-11 Basic Metta Meditation Instructions and Guided Meditation (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 52:57
We cover the 3 elements of metta practice: generating the energy of friendliness, visualizing the person/being you are sending metta to, and repeating the phrases. We offer various versions of the phrases and introduce the first few categories of beings we can send metta to: self, benefactor, and dear friend. In the guided practice we begin by feeling held and loved by others and then offer this to ourselves, then move on to benefactor and dear friend.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta 2024
2024-01-10 Opening of Metta Retreat and Introduction to Metta (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:33:42
with Beth Sternlieb, Donald Rothberg, Gullu Singh, Jonathan Relucio, Kaira Jewel Lingo
In this Opening talk, the teachers offer a land acknowledgement, introduce themselves, and Kaira Jewel gives a short talk on what metta is, how to practice metta and how we can take refuge in the retreat container.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta 2024
2023-10-30 Navigating Uncertainty with Awakened Tenderness 1:31:53
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2023-08-06 What is Success on the Spiritual Path 58:35
Spirit Rock Meditation Center BIPOC Voices - Series
2023-04-18 Mindfulness of Vedanā, Feeling Tone, The Second Foundation of Mindfulness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:18:12
We explore the three kinds of feeling tone: pleasant, unpleasant and neutral, and also, their underlying tendencies of grasping, aversion, and ignorance. Spanning feelings that arise from the body and mind as well as worldly and unworldly vedanā, we investigate how to create space between the feeling tone and the reactivity that usually follows it so that awareness of feeling can lead to awakening.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center DPP7#3
2023-03-22 How to See the Big Picture when Times are Tough 1:19:38
Includes a meditation & dharma talk (the participant Q/A has been removed)
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2022-10-30 Walking Meditation and Honoring our Many Senses 46:52
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awake in the Wild: Cultivating Awareness, Wisdom, Wonder in Nature (206R22)

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