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Touching Race, Injustice and Love: An Evening Meditation & Talk with Caverly Morgan

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 7:30 pm to 9:15 pm

“All being is shared being. To know that is peace. To live that is love.” — Caverly Morgan

When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute – that it is something to transcend or ‘just an illusion’ – we ignore the reality of the illusion. What is the illusion comprised of? How is it known? And by whom?

The relative may appear to arise out of the absolute, as waves appear to arise out of the ocean, but like waves, both relative and absolute are components of a greater whole. They are not separate. When we know ourselves as this whole which subsumes everything, we cease to diminish or dismiss the mystery of being human. We experience viscerally that “the world is my family.”

From this understanding, we recognize that liberation is not a singular experience. There can be no individual ego that experiences enlightenment. We suffer when we forget that. We suffer when we perceive ourselves as separate from the collective – on the level of consciousness (the absolute) as well as with our neighbor (the relative).

When we recognize that the world is arising in us, Awareness, there is nothing to dismiss. How, then, in our situation of privilege on the relative plane, do we dismiss injustice, bias, cruelty in the name of transcendence or ‘spiritual understanding’? How do we participate in systems of oppression while ignoring the effects on our neighbor, as well as the whole?

Do we fall for the story that the awakened life we seek is mine to have rather than ours to be? And what’s love got to do with it?

Join us this Thursday for a Guest Teacher Talk with Caverly Morgan from the Presence Collective and Peace in Schools. 

Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, nonprofit leader, and visionary. She is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Presence Collective, dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening. She is also the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Peace in Schools — a nonprofit which created the nation's first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. Peace in Schools is pioneering new depths in mindfulness education through teaching youth as well as training educators.

This talk is part of a conversation happening in American Buddhism as we explore the relationship between our so called relative lives (our particular embodiments and identities at this time and place) and the spacious freedom found when awareness is the inner refuge. Understanding this dynamic within, leads to embodied love and true compassion - agents for a just and whole world.

 

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