In this online session, learn how our imperfect bodies and our imperiled earth can serve as anchors in meditation practice.
Join meditation teacher Arisika Razak for this dharma talk, or lecture on Buddhism, and meditation session. To be tied to earthly existence is to experience repeated cycles of pleasure and pain, praise and blame, loss and gain, and fame and ill repute. The body ages and changes; cycles of death and endings inevitably sweep through our lives; and the earth itself cannot be taken for granted. However, it is the impermanent earth that the Buddha touched to affirm his right to seek enlightenment, and in some Buddhist traditions it is the body that provides the foundation for mindful awareness. Razak will explore some of the ways in which our perfectly imperfect bodies and our earth, which is experiencing catastrophic change, can serve as meditative anchors that bring us to liberation.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Arisika Razak is professor emerita and the former chair of the Women’s Spirituality Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a core teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland California and a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner Program. Her teachings incorporate diverse spiritual traditions, multicultural feminisms, and contemporary diversity theory. She has facilitated spiritual, healing and empowerment workshops for over 30 years, and presents at numerous conferences on the subjects of womanism, diversity, women’s health and healing, and embodied spiritual traditions.
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