Casting Indra’s Net: Fostering Spiritual Kinship and Community

by Pamela Ayo Yetunde 

A heartfelt call and primer for community-oriented models of wellbeing in our age of polarization and turmoil.

Creating compassionate communities takes more than good will—it requires a dedication to respecting cultural differences while remembering the fundamental spiritual kinship that exists between all people. Activist, counselor, and Buddhist teacher Ayo Yetunde creatively unpacks this condition through the metaphor of Indra’s Net—a universal net in which all beings reflect each other like jewels.

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Casting Indra’s Net: Fostering Spiritual Kinship and Community


She offers a practice path that acknowledges our deep challenges—challenges that increasingly give rise to the temptation of group violence, which she calls mobbery—while showing exactly how we can still listen, learn, and heal together. Drawing inspiration from the Black liberation tradition and from stories from various religions, Yetunde recasts Indra’s Net as the network in which we all have the choice either to succumb to our impulses toward division and brutality or renew our civility and love for each other. The more than 20 practices in Casting Indra’s Net include:

  • Five commitments for healthy, nonviolent living 
  • Guided contemplation to water the seeds of your spiritual potential 
  • “Mirroring” and “twinning” other people
  • Tonglen (receiving and releasing) and lovingkindness meditations 
  • Affirmations


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