- Short talk: some responses to the coronavirus/karuna-virus situation by Jill Shepherd 2020-03-26
- Tara Brach: Guided Reflection on Bringing RAIN to Fear [2020-03-18]
- Freedom from Anxiety, Trusting Uncertainty and Change: Living the Practice Workshop with Mark Nunberg, Shelly Graf, and Meski Mebatsion, recorded at Common Ground 03-07-2020
- Videos with Jon Kabat-Zinn: Cultivating Mindfulness at this Critical Moment (April, 2020)
- Coronavirus Sanity Guide from 10% Happier with Dan Harris
- Video reflections from Ajahn Sucitto and Ajahn Sumedho
- Video reflections from teachers from Insight Meditation Society
- Lovingkindness in Difficult Times by Sharon Salzberg, April 3, 2020
- Dr. Richard Davidson: Social Connection when we are “Physically Distancing”, April 2, 2020
- Interview with Jack Kornfield in the New York Times, April 11, 2020
- Interview with Sayadaw U Tejaniya: Responding to Covid-19 with Awareness + Wisdom, April 11, 2020
- Daily Tips for Practicing Through the Pandemic (taken from Sayadaw U Tejaniya’s teachings)
Other Centers Offering Online Programs:
- Minneapolis Insight
- Rochester Meditation Center
- Spirit Rock Meditation Center
- Insight Meditation Center
- Durango Dharma Center
- British Columbia Insight Meditation Society
- Alexis Santos is offering regular check-in times and retreats.
- Here is a spreadsheet with over 200 Online Sanghas!
- Here is a spreadsheet with listings for Online Mindfulness and Dharma for People of Color
by Joseph Goldstein
when others are not,
fed and nourished
when others are not.
How to live
in such a world
alone and connected
at the same time?Facing forward
do we turn away
or look beyond ourselves
as we choreograph this dance
of fear and love?
When you go out
and see the empty streets,
the empty stadiums,
the empty train platforms,
don’t say to yourself: It looks like the end of the world.
What you’re seeing is Love in action.
What you’re seeing in that negative space
is how much we do care for each other.
For our grandparents,
For our immune-compromised brothers and sisters,
For people we will never meet.
People will lose their jobs over this,
Some will lose their businesses,
And some will lose their lives.
All the more reason to take a moment,
When you’re out on your walk,
Or on your way to the store,
Or just watching the news,
To look into the emptiness
and marvel at all that Love.
Let it fill you and sustain you.
It is not the end of the world.
It is the most remarkable act of global solidarity
We may ever witness.
Poem by Kitty O’Meara:
And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.
Lynn Ungar’s poem Pandemic:
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20