A Weekly Gathering for People of Color


We invite Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC) to join The Garrison Institute’s new BIPOC meditation sangha on Thursdays 12-1pm EDT.

The Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Sangha is a weekly gathering of self-identified BIPOC practitioners that provides a safe place to meditate and explore contemplative practices. This sangha cultivates an environment that welcomes diverse voices and builds community.

The guided meditations will be facilitated every Thursday by experienced teachers and practitioners Kaira Jewel Lingo and Dr. Marisela Gomez.



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An invitation from the teachers:

“We welcome a vibrant community where all self-identified Black/Indigenous/People of Color are invited to practice in a welcoming space of mindfulness and transformation. Whether you are new to meditation or have been practicing for years each moment offers the opportunity to learn and grow.

Each week we will gather to meditate together, reflect on Buddhist-based teachings on love, wisdom and liberation, and share our experiences. These practices support us to embrace and transform our pain and suffering and start getting free! With an open heart, we can learn to live more fully in the present moment.

We invite you to read and reflect on this Gatha for Healing Racial, Systemic and Social Inequity formulated by the ARISE sangha as a framework for our community.

Aware of the suffering caused by racial, systemic, and social inequities, we commit ourselves, individually and as a community, to understanding the roots of these inequities, and to transforming this suffering into compassion, understanding and love in action.

As a global community of practitioners, we are aware of the disproportionate racial violence and oppression committed by institutions and by individuals, whether consciously or unconsciously, against African Americans, Indigenous peoples and people of color across the United States and beyond. We know that by looking deeply as individuals and as a community, we can engage the collective wisdom and energy of the Sangha to be our foundation for Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Mindfulness, and Right Insight. These are the practices leading to nondiscrimination, non-harming, and non-self which heal ourselves and the world.”

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Kaira Jewel Lingo is a Black and biracial meditation and mindfulness teacher with a lifelong interest in blending spirituality and meditation with social justice. She grew up in Chicago and Nairobi and after earning a MA in Anthropology and Social Sciences, at the age of twenty-five she entered a Buddhist monastery in the Plum Village tradition and spent fifteen years living as a nun under the guidance of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. She received Lamp Transmission and became a Zen teacher in 2007, and is also a teacher in the Vipassana Insight lineage through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Today she sees her work as a continuation of the Engaged Buddhism developed by Thich Nhat Hanh as well as the work of her parents, inspired by their stories and her dad’s work with Martin Luther King Jr. on desegregating the South. In addition to writing We Were Made for These Times: Skilfully Moving through Change, Loss and Disruption, she is also the editor of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. Now based in New York, she teaches and leads retreats internationally, provides spiritual mentoring, and interweaves art, play, nature, racial and earth justice, and embodied mindfulness practice in her teaching. She especially feels called to share the Dharma with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as activists, educators, youth, artists, and families. Visit kairajewel.com to learn more. 

Dr. Marisela Gomez is a mindfulness practitioner in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, public health scholar activist, preventive/alternative medicine physician. Of Afro-Latina ancestry, she lives in Baltimore involved in social justice activism and community building/research and co-facilitates mindfulness gatherings with Baltimore and Beyond Mindfulness Community for BIPOC and Social Activists. She is the author of Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore, and numerous book chapters in popular and scholarly publications. She has blogged at Huff Post and mariselgomez.com on the intersection of wisdom justice and mindfulness.