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About Lion’s Roar
amid global upheaval, and the feelings of uncertainty and anxiety that
so many of us are experiencing, there is always the opportunity to
connect with the heart’s innate courage, resilience and joy. This gathering of well-known teachers includes favorites from the pages of Lion’s Roar, the leading magazine about Buddhist wisdom and mindfulness. In their work, they’ve
brought passion and conviction to many of the world’s most pressing
issues, from climate change to social justice. Their wisdom also shines a
light on our everyday challenges:
How do we cultivate calm and compassion in the midst of anxiety? How do we become better communicators and caregivers? And, given the difficulties we all face, how can we avoid burnout and find beauty and meaning in a suffering world?
Roshi Joan Halifax
Author of Standing at the Edge
Movement and meditation teacher
Rev Qalvy Grainzvolt
Buddhist priest at NYC’s Shinnyo-En Center
Robert Chodo Campbell
New York Center for Contemplative Care
Lama Rod Owens
Love and Rage author and Buddhist teacher
Tibetan Buddhist teacher
Activist and teacher of the East Bay Meditation Center
Mindfulness teacher and author of Real Change
of Tallahassee Chan Center and Dharma Relief
Insight Meditation teacher, psychologist, and author
Abcacus Wealth Partners founder
Racial, religious, and gender justice activist
Zen teacher and author of EcoDharma
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Monk and scholar
of The Meditation Coalition
Koshin Paley Ellison
New York Center for Contemplative Care
day of the summit includes practical wisdom and helpful guidance. Each
presenter offers an inspiring talk accompanied by a guided meditation or
reflection practice. Here are highlights of what you can look forward
to when you register for free.
A FREE ONLINE EVENT JUNE 24-28, 2020
Join Us for this Free 5-Day Online Event
Now is the time to
mindfulness, loving-kindness, and positive change for yourself and our
world with wise guidance from 15 renowned spiritual teachers and
Bringing together 15 spiritual teachers and activists devoted to bettering our world, the Re-Awaken summit offers five days of insightful talks, transformational teachings, and helpful guided meditations and reflections.
Your registration includes a free gift to download instantly:
An exclusive Lion’s Roar interview with Sharon Salzberg, plus a related guided practice.
DAY 1 • Re-Awakening Starts with You
• Living With an Undefended Heart • Revitalizing and Deepening our Spiritual Well-being • Our Bodies Wake Us Up
DAY 2 • Re-Awakening From Fears & Challenges
• We Are All First Responders in Our Lives • Cultivating the Courage to Continue • An Opportunity to Transform Your Financial Fears
DAY 3 • Re-Awakening Our Connection to Others
• Real Change • From Enmity to Equanimity • Love and Community-Building: Mindful Speech in a Time of Global Crises
DAY 4 • Re-Awakening in the Light of Covid-19
•Love and Rage: Survival in a Post-Pandemic World • Love and Loss in the Time of Covid-19 • Are We In a Global Rite of Passage?
DAY 5 • Re-Awakening with All Beings: Our Planet
• Values at the Crossroads: The Struggle for a Sustainable Future • From Inner Work to Outer Work • Finding Your Way on the Eco-Sattva Path
Summit at a Glance
can develop tools—any one of us—that will help bring us back to the
moment, to ourselves, what we really care about, and some sense of
spaciousness. And within the spaciousness, creativity can arise.
It’s time for us all to re-open our hearts.
natural to want to defend our hearts, but it’s not actually what’s best
for us. When we try to protect ourselves from suffering, it just
intensifies what we’re hiding from.
What does it mean and look like to honor this life with courage, clear seeing, and wisdom?
Sign up now for the FREE Re-Awaken summit and gain access to all 29 teachings, guided meditations, and practices.
Your registration includes a gift to download instantly:
An exclusive Lion’s Roar interview with Sharon Salzberg, plus related guided practice.
Find teachers, talks, and session highlights for each day below.
Sessions are pre-recorded, and will be released each day for you to view at your convenience.
Each day’s sessions will be available for 48 hours, beginning at 6:00 am PDT | 9:00 am EDT (North American time zones). Check your time zone here.
Re-Awakening Starts with You
Available June 24 + 48 hour replays
Living With an Undefended Heart
Talk + mindfulness meditation with Dharma teacher & Co-founder of The Meditation Coalition Mary Stancavage.
Understand the Buddha’s core teaching of living with an undefended heart and how it can become a way of life.
Get an introduction to Buddhism’s Four Brahmaviharas (or “Highest Mindstates”) with a special focus on Equanimity.
Explore how we can work towards ending harm and suffering where we see it.
Revitalizing and Deepening Our Spiritual Wellbeing
Talk + guided meditation with Buddhist teacher and author Guo Gu.
Understand spirituality from a Chan Buddhist Perspective.
Consider the deep value of Buddhist practice and how to make a commitment to regular practice.
Learn about Guo Gu’s experience working with Dharma Relief in response to the coronavirus.
Our Bodies Wake Us Up
Talk + restorative yoga exercises with movement and meditation teacher Cyndi Lee.
Investigate the Buddhist concept of taking refuge, and how it relates it to the body.
Learn how to downregulate, manage anxiety, and build appreciation for your body.
Refresh your body and mind after a restorative movement practice with Cyndi.
Re-Awakening from Fears and Challenges
Available June 25 + 48 hour replays
We Are All First Responders in Our Lives
Talk + guided meditation with Buddhist priest Rev. Qalvy Grainsvolt.
Learn about becoming a better communicator and appreciator of fellow human beings.
Explore the key Buddhist concepts of buddha-nature and liberation.
Understand the importance of patience, and how to cultivate a response rather than surrender to a reaction—especially during stressful times, such as the pandemic.
Cultivating the Courage to Continue
Talk + meditative check-in and journaling with racial, gender, and trans justice advocate Ray Buckner.
what it means to honor your life—your yearnings, fears, traumas, hopes,
and sadnesses—with courage, clear seeing, and wisdom.
we can hold and honor our personal, communal, and systemic wounds, while
also moving forward in cultivating a full and fruitful life.
Learn about Ray’s experience as a transgender Buddhist, and how cultivating courage has played a role in their life.
An Opportunity to Transform Your Financial Fears
Talk + practice with founder of Abacus Wealth Partners Spencer Sherman.
Learn how to work with your financial situation to find a place of peace with money.
Assess your values and how best to live with them and integrate them.
Understand what it means to put “self-worth over net worth”.
Re-Awakening our Connection to Others
Available June 26 + 48 hour replays
Talk + guided practice with mindfulness teacher and author Sharon Salzberg.
Understand the power of having loving-kindness and compassion, for ourselves and for others.
Relate compassion and self-care to the difficult task of working for change.
Learn how to mitigate burnout through the challenging work of real change.
From Enmity to Equanimity
+ guided meditation for fostering equanimity and good will with
psychologist, author, and meditation teacher Sylvia Boorstein.
Address how loving-kindness is an antidote to irritability and disconnection.
Go deeper into the practice of metta and the significance of the Four Brahmaviharas.
Transform the difficult emotions holding you back through short and long meditations, guided by Sylvia.
Love and Community-Building: Mindful Speech in a Time of Global Crises
Talk + guided practice with Buddhist teacher and activist Mushim Patricia Ikeda.
how Paul Tillich’s definition of love as “The drive to reunite the
separated” relates to loving-kindness, and how it manifests in our
communities and the world.
Address the dynamics, motivations, and fears behind systemic racism and, more pointedly, the George Floyd killing and protests.
Transmute the difficult emotions of anger and frustration into positive, productive discussion and action.
+ Special Presentation:
America’s Racial Karma
Reflection and teaching by Larry Ward,
senior dharma teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Zen tradition and co-founder
of The Lotus Institute, on how we can start to heal racial trauma in
ourselves and the world.
Available for Audio Download on Day 3.
Re-Awakening in the Light of Covid-19
Available June 27 + 48 hour replays
Love and Rage: Survival in a Post-Pandemic World
Talk + guided practice with Buddhist teacher and author Lama Rod Owens.
Explore what it means to surrender to the light, and “let go of the person you think you are”.
Understand what it means to face your fears of death and discomfort through the lenses of Tibetan Buddhism.
Learn about Lama Rod’s work as a radical Black activist and the role Buddhism has played.
Love & Loss in the Time of Covid-19
Talk + guided practice with Zen Buddhist teachers Koshin Paley Ellison and Robert Chodo Campbell.
Explore classic Greek concepts of love.
Learn about Koshin and Chodo’s personal experiences as Zen priests, NYC hospice workers, and romantic partners.
Cultivate reflection and gratitude in light of loss and difficulty through guided meditation.
Are We In a Global Rite of Passage?
Talk + four guided practices with Zen priest and author Roshi Joan Halifax.
how we can transcend the ways in which we’ve become disconnected or
separated from one another due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Examine how we respond to fear, grief, and loss—of loved ones, of connection, of normalcy, and our former way of life.
Partake in four practices to help you confront and stay connected with our various challenges at this time.
Re-Awakening with All Beings and Our Planet
Available June 28 + 48 hour replays
Values at the Crossroads: The Struggle for a Sustainable Future
Talk + guided practice with Buddhist monk and scholar Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi.
Explore the deep connections in the web of problems that confront us today—ranging from poverty to devastating climate change.
Learn the root of these values from Bhikkhu Bodhi’s perspective.
Understand how a solution must be centered around love, compassion, peace, human solidarity, and a commitment to justice.
From Inner Work to Outer Work
Talk + guided tonglen meditation with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Tsomo.
Learn how to apply the energy of your personal practice to widening social circles.
Get grounded in your practice, to move from fear to love, and to hold each other with care.
Foster compassion and connection through a guided tonglen meditation.
Finding Your Way on the Eco-Sattva Path
Talk + reflections with Zen teacher and author David Loy.
Consider how the Buddhist concept of the bodhisattva relates to pressing global concerns.
Reflect on what you personally have to offer and what resources you can share.
Get in touch with what tugs at your heart.
Cultivating the Courage to ContinueTalk + meditative check-in and journaling with Ray BucknerOur Bodies Wake Us UpTalk + restorative yoga exercise with Cyndi LeeLiving With an Undefended HeartTalk + mindfulness meditation with Mary Stancavage
Re-Awaken: A Lion’s Roar Summit, June 24th-28th, 2020
We Are All First Responders in Our LivesTalk + meditation with Qalvy GrainzvoltAn Opportunity to Transform Your Financial FearsTalk + practice with Spencer ShermanRevitalizing and Deepening Our Spiritual WellbeingTalk + meditation with Guo Gu
Day 1 sessions will beavailable on June 24 at 6:00am PST/ 9:00 am EST (NorthAmerican time zones), withfree access for 48 hours.
Day 2 sessions will beavailable on June 25 at 6:00am PST/ 9:00 am EST (NorthAmerican time zones), withfree access for 48 hours.Real ChangeTalk + loving-kindness meditation with Sharon Salzberg
Day 3 sessions will beavailable on June 26 at 6:00am PST/ 9:00 am EST (NorthAmerican time zones), withfree access for 48 hours.
From Enmity to EquityTalk + meditation for fostering good-will with Sylvia BoorsteinLove and Community-Building: Mindful Speech in a Time of Global CrisesTalk + meditation with Mushim Patricia IkedaLove and Rage: Survival in a Post-Pandemic WorldTalk + practice with Lama Rod Owens
Day 4 sessions will be available on June 27 at 6:00am PST/ 9:00 am EST (NorthAmerican time zones), withfree access for 48 hours.Love & Loss in the Time of Covid-19Talk + practice with Koshin Paley-Ellison & Robert Chodo Campbell
Are We In a Global Rite of Passage?Talk + 4 meditations with Roshi Joan HalifaxValues at the Crossroads: The Struggle for a Sustainable FutureTalk + practice with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
From Inner Work to Outer WorkTalk + tonglen meditation with Lama TsomoDay 5 sessions will beavailable on June 28 at 6:00am PST/ 9:00 am EST (NorthAmerican time zones), withfree access for 48 hours.
Finding Your Way on the Eco-Sattva PathTalk + reflections with David Loy
Re-Awakening Starts With YouRe-Awakening From Fears and Challenges
Re-Awakening Our Connection to OthersRe-Awakening In Light of Covid-19Re-Awakening For All Beings & Our Planet