Caring for the Present Moment: A Mindfulness Series for Educators

We are very happy to announce the series:

Caring for the Present Moment
A Mindfulness Series for Educators
sponsored by Avalokita Center and Wake Up Schools

offered by Richard Brady and Kaira Jewel Lingo, lay Dharma teachers in the Plum Village tradition, to share mindfulness teachings and practices focused on caring for the present moment.
As educators, when we take care of the present moment, we do our best to ensure a better future for our students, our colleagues, and ourselves.
In the week following each meeting we will review a practice we’ve learned by sharing it with a partner—a colleague, friend, or family member.

Friday 29 May
CARING FOR HAPPINESS IN THE PRESENT MOMENT We already have sufficient conditions to be happy. How can we deepen our awareness of them? How can we cultivate our inner garden to promote the growth of new happiness?

Friday 12 June
CARING FOR SUFFERING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT Suffering is the sibling of happiness. What do we have to learn from it? How can we practice with it in a healthy way?

Friday 26 June
CARING FOR OTHERS IN THE PRESENT MOMENT Happiness and suffering are not individual matters. How can we deepen our understanding of and connection with others—their happiness and their suffering?

Friday 10 July
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS IN THE PRESENT MOMENT
What questions do we have in this moment? What answers do we already know? Where would we like help?

The series is dedicated to teachers and educators. At the same time, all those who, because of the work they do or out of personal interest, are interested in the topic of mindfulness in education are welcome. For any question that will be posed, priority will be given to educators. However, we will make sure that all those who wish to do so can participate!

Teaching will be in English with simultaneous translation into Italian and French. Each meeting will start at 12:30 pm EDT (6:30 pm CEST), will last about an hour and a half, and will be available on Zoom or livestreamed on YouTube.

To participate, the use of a computer or tablet is essential so that you can interact with the teachers and ask questions.

If you are unable to attend any or all of the sessions, recordings will be available in English on Avalokita Center’s YouTube channel a few days after each session.

You can register by filling in the below form. Further information will be provided after registration. We ask you to register in advance in order to provide us an idea of the number of participants.
In this form, after entering your name and email address (please check that it has been typed correctly), you are asked to enter your place of residence and your occupation as an educator. Immediately after registering you will receive an email confirming your registration. If you do not receive it after a few hours, please check your junk mail or fill out the form again if you are not sure if the email address was correct.

You will also need to find someone (a relative, a friend, a collegue) who agrees to take part in one 30-40-minute practice session with you each week that you will facilitate. This provides a simple way for all of us to deepen our understanding and to practice teaching what we are learning.

Richard Brady is a retreat leader, writer, educational consultant, and coordinator of the Wake Up Schools Level II Program in North America.  He is a founder of the Mindfulness in Education Network, an international organization with 1,700 participants.  In 2001, he received lamp transmission from Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh to be a Dharma teacher in his tradition with a special focus on cultivating mindfulness in young people.  Richard has lead retreats and offered workshops for educators in the US, in Italy at Centro Avalokita, and Germany.  He is an editor of Tuning In: Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning (2009). Other writings of his are available at www.mindingyourlife.net. In 2007 Richard retired after thirty-seven years of high school mathematics teaching.

Kaira Jewel Lingo is a Dharma teacher and was an ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, and is now based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 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 teaches regularly at Schumacher College, was lead teacher for Mindful Schools’ year long training for educators, and is a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha.  She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and embodied mindfulness practice and is an InterPlay leader.

These teachings are offered in a spirit of generosity, everyone is invited to attend regardless of their economic condition. We invite everyone who can do so, to offer a donation to support the teaching. This will help ensure that these teachings will continue to be available. You can make a donation to Avalokita Center, which promotes this webinar series and will take care to distribute the amount collected according with the Teachers’ indications:

A simple way to donate is through Paypal, that you can access with the button below:


Please write in the payment description “Series of webinars for educators”, thank you.
If you are in Europe, you can also offer your donation with a bank transfer to the account of Avalokita Center or, even from outside of Europe, by Xoom. These are the bank details:

Owner: Fondazione Avalokita
Account at: Banca Popolare Etica
IBAN: IT74D0501803200000011256229
BIC: CCRTIT2T84A
Thank you for indicating “Series of webinars for educators”

For more information: happyteachers@avalokita.it