“Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life, even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.”
- The Buddha
What is Moving Dharma?
Moving Dharma is a practice-oriented initiative that provides innovative mindfulness programs and teaching, including a pro-bono series focused on serving low-income community centers and also professional development training with university departments.
What is the Mindfulness Allies Project (MAP)?
Recognizing that everyone should have access to mindfulness practices, particularly the underserved. The Mindfulness Allies Project is a model for partnering mindfulness and meditation teachers with centers and community organizations serving under-resourced populations, particularly in relation to race and class.
What is the Mission of MAP?
Aware of the impact of different types and levels of privilege, and the healing and transformative potential of mindfulness practice, the Mindfulness Allies Project supports secular mindfulness training for people experiencing one or multiple forms of marginalization or oppression based on economic status or personal identity, such as race, ability, and sexual or gender orientation. Training is offered freely through partnerships between meditation centers, teachers, and local community organizations already serving such populations. MAP works to strengthen existing initiatives, foster the creation of new efforts, and network best practices among participating members.
What is the Vision of MAP?
MAP looks toward a world in which the "engaged" of Engaged Buddhism is redundant. MAP envisions a Buddhism in the West that benefits not only those doing Buddhist practices in Buddhist centers, but communities in need around those centers. As Buddhist centers continue efforts to be inclusive, such as offering people of color and LGBTQ groups, MAP seeks to complement these efforts beyond the walls of meditation centers. MAP understands the integral role Insight Meditation, and other Buddhist traditions, have played in the creation of highly successful secular techniques such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and envisions greater integration of secular mindfulness outreach into the missions and operations of Buddhist centers and teachers in the West.