Kaira Jewel Lingo offers this unique opportunity for in-depth study and practice, exploring the teachings and deep wisdom of cultivating true love.
This 8-week online course contains over 6 hours of recorded teachings and 4 hours of live, interactive student-teacher contact. Kaira Jewel brings her more than 2 decades of deep practice and teaching to life in this wonderful opportunity to experientially engage in teachings, dialog practices, meditations and homework exercises, all around the theme of cultivating authentic connection.
Kaira Jewel Lingo
Explore how to cultivate true love and to strengthen and bring greater fulfillment into all of your relationships, whether with yourself, loved ones or friends, in the workplace or wider community.
Painful and dangerous levels of divisiveness and conflict are growing around the world. The heart practices presented in this course help us to find and nurture the thread of connection that is always there between us and others.
The four immeasurable minds of love, as taught by the Buddha, are:
Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity
These are profoundly powerful tools to understand the separation from our own hearts and others, and ultimately the only way we dissolve it.
Join Kaira Jewel on this journey as she guides us through a unique, in-depth exploration of these heart practices and teachings, and as we learn to cultivate and express the wisdom of love in all its forms.
If our love does not bring joy to both ourselves and others, then it is not true love. Thich Nhat Hanh
Loving Kindness for Ourselves
Practices of metta, or loving kindness, are simply a cultivation of friendship.
We often forget, or intentionally neglect, our needs for our own love, our own friendship.
In order to open our hearts to others, we need to first learn how to open to ourselves.
In this module we will explore teachings and practices that connect us to the depth of our own hearts, awakening the promise of loving kindness that is our inherent birthright.
Loving Kindness towards Others
“Love doesn't just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new." –Ursula K. Le Guin
Love is a verb and therefore, as something to do or be done, becomes a practice.
To truly love others we need to understand them, relinquishing our ideas of how we think they should be.
We do not awaken outside of our relationships to others.
In this module we will discover how, in relating to others, we realize the deepest truths about ourselves.
Compassion for Ourselves
“If we have compassion in our hearts, every thought, word and action can generate a miracle” –Thich Nhat Hanh
We have the tendency to shrink from what is painful, including our own suffering and discomfort.
This doesn’t actually alleviate our pain.
Compassion, the willingness to be with suffering with kindness, is what gives us the capacity to relieve it.
In this module we gently learn to open to our own suffering as an essential act of true love.
Compassion for Others
“Don't throw anyone out of your heart” –Neem Karoli Baba
Karuna (Compassion) can be understood as the quivering of the heart in response to suffering.
Our willingness to be moved by the suffering of others, rather than moving away from it, has an extraordinary effect on our minds and hearts: the radical understanding that our lives are inextricably connected.
The teachings and practices in this module skillfully guide us towards this understanding of our interconnection with all beings.
Kaira Jewel deeply enriches the lives of anyone who practices with her both spiritually and emotionally. Like her teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, her teachings are sourced in heart-wisdom, and offered with a wonderful blend of compassion, warmth and openness. Tara Brach
Joy for Ourselves
“How can we experience Joy for another if we do not experience it for ourselves? Joy is for everyone” - Thich Nhat Hanh
We can each do something every day to bring joy to ourselves and others.
This is a key element of true love. With mindfulness we see that while there is much suffering in us and around us that needs our attention, there is also much to celebrate and be grateful for.
The teachings and practices in this module help us to deepen our capacity to see the goodness in life, and to bring more joy to ourselves and others.
Joy for Others
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy” – Thich Nhat Hanh
The practice of celebrating in the joy of others is very helpful in opening us up and freeing ourselves from our small sense of self.
Practicing appreciative joy and creating joy for others disrupts the view that others' experience of joy means less joy is available for us.
It nourishes us and becomes the antidote to jealousy and envy. We then discover the limitless nature of the quality of joy.
Equanimity within Ourselves
“Equanimity is the ground for wisdom and freedom, and protector of compassion and love.” - Gill Fronsdale
The Buddha describes the practice of equanimity as learning “to stand in the middle of all this.”
This element of true love is powerful in our personal lives, helping us ride the waves of fortune and misfortune.
The teachings and exercises in this module offer us a powerful opportunity to practice standing in the middle of our lives without being knocked over by the intensity of each passing wave of experience.
Equanimity and Inclusiveness towards Others
“If we knew the secret history of our enemies, we would find in each person enough sorrow to disarm all hostility” - Henry Wordsworth Longfellow
While this fourth practice of true love is often translated as equanimity, Thich Nhat Hanh also translates it as inclusiveness, which adds a more active interpretation of how to apply it.
It is also an antidote to discrimination, dogmatism and intolerance, which is increasingly breaking down our social fabric.
The teachings of inclusiveness in this module support us us to stay open so we can overcome barriers and biases.
We will learn the capacity for reconciliation, which has the potential to lead to deep transformation, and to the authentic connection we long for.
Eight Recorded Teachings
Filmed in high definition with teachings and experiential exercises to help you bring the practices into your daily life. Released each Tuesday during the 8-week course, these teachings can be watched at your own pace throughout the week. Each recorded teaching is roughly 30 minutes.
Five Guided Meditations
Guided meditations of 30 minutes are offered to support you in experiencing the teaching directly and deeply in your own practice.
Four Live Sessions of 60 minutes
This is your chance to connect with Kaira Jewel live, ask questions, clarify your understanding and share what’s coming up for you in the course. Ask your questions on screen using your webcam, or via text. The power of being included and heard can offer great benefit in your practice.
Live Session Dates and Times
Dates: Interactive 1: Sunday 26 January Interactive 2: Sunday 9 February Interactive 3: Sunday 23 February Interactive 4: Sunday 8 March
Times: 9am PT (LA), 12pm ET (NY), 5pm UK (London), 6pm EU (Paris)
All live sessions will be recorded and made available for those who are not able to attend the live times.
Join in a virtual online sangha where you can come together with other like minded souls, learning and supporting each other.
Kaira Jewel teaches meditation and mindfulness internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth.
She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools, as well as individual spiritual mentoring.
In addition to practicing in the Zen tradition, she practices and teaches in the Vipassana Insight tradition of Spirit Rock.
Find out more about Kaira Jewel at www.kairajewel.com
Kaira Jewel is indeed a jewel. Compassionate, wise, pragmatic, aspirational. Everything I could want in a teacher. - Nigel T. Kaira Jewel is mesmerizing to listen to. Her exceedingly gentle manner and slow consideration of her words of wisdom create a lasting impact. - Sheila F. Kaira Jewel leads from her gentle inner peace, and her voice and smiles are beautiful testimonies of it, and great inviters for us to join her. -Brigitte R. Kaira Jewel led a deeply insightful retreat while injecting a playful element that fully released the body and soul. Kaira Jewel shared her bountiful wisdom with a gentle and strong presence. She is a truly gifted teacher. - Mary M.
© 2019 Realize Media, Ltd.