Resonance – The Source of Compassion

Most people approach compassion as a virtue, as something a good person should have. And many Buddhist practitioners see compassion as part of their spiritual self-improvement project. In this talk, we will take a different approach. Using resonance between two musical instruments as a metaphor, we will explore our human bodyminds as a “sphere of […]

ZPI SHORT Resonance – The Source of Compassion

Most people approach compassion as a virtue, as something a good person should have. And many Buddhist practitioners see compassion as part of their spiritual self-improvement project. In this talk, we will take a different approach. Using resonance between two musical instruments as a metaphor, we will explore our human bodyminds as a “sphere of […]

SHARED POWER WITH SOCIOCRACY

Please join Ted Rao & Jerry Koch-Gonzalez for an interactive presentation: SHARED POWER WITH SOCIOCRACY Every group needs to decide who is going to make decisions and how – that’s governance! We see governance as the part that connects people and the shared action they are passionate about. In this session, we will describe how […]

Teaching Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness

The SENTE Program has been developed in Porto Alegre, Brazil since 2007 in schools covered by the Santa Cecilia UBS. Inspired by working with Zen Peacemakers International, the program established a partnership with the State School of Elementary Education Ivo Corseuil, located in the neighborhood Petrópolis/POA. In 2011, the SENTE Program became part of the […]

Native Americans fight for items looted from bodies at Wounded Knee

Peace offerings of tobacco ties adorn the fence at the Wounded Knee Memorial on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on Oct. 20, 2014. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post) By Dana Hedgpeth July 17, 2022 Getting them returned from an obscure museum outside Boston hasn’t been easy for the descendants of those slain during the 1890 […]

Bearing Witness to Watersheds

Please join Diana Kosei Hartel for an interactive presentation:  BEARING WITNESS TO WATERSHEDS Our love of water and all the places from which it comes to us bring feelings of inspiration and joy.  Their destruction, degradation, and poisoning come as heartbreak with many turning away with the intense pain. This same process underlies our abuses […]

The Joy of Zentangle (Workshop)

Please join Jill Kaigetsu Greenbaum for an interactive presentation:  THE JOY OF ZENTANGLE Step into the Zentangle Method and be enveloped in not knowing. Zentangle art is unplanned and non-representational. In this session, we focus on each stroke, in the moment, with no thought of the final result. Our finished work becomes a wonderful surprise. Zentangle […]

The Lotus Institute, 501(c)(3)

What is your mission? We offer teachings, practice and guidance that nurture a healthy and resilient body and mind. During an in-person retreat, an online event, or a course in our Academy, you may see us blending Buddhist practices with trauma-informed teachings and research in neuroscience and psychology. This transformative work also involves play and […]

The Palermo Birthday Pilgrimage, April 13-20, 2022

After the spontaneously planned US trip to a Zen sesshin and a subsequent street retreat around my 70th birthday did not work out (too many imponderables, also because of COVID), I was looking for a place with a strong statement. And that’s what Palermo gives! I expressed with this choice: my fundamental love for Sicily […]

Sutra and Bible: Faith and the WWII Japanese American Incarceration

Please join Duncan Ryūken Williams, as he will discuss a new exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles on Buddhism, Christianity, and the WWII Japanese American incarceration, which he co-curated under the title, “Sūtra and Bible.” He will focus on the Buddhist altars, sutra stones, memorial tablets, etc. made by former […]