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Videos, Teachings, Interviews & Global Healing Meditations with Cynthia Jurs
A selection of resources to inspire the practice of Sacred Activism
for global healing and respond to Gaia’s call

For the Love of Gaia; Becoming a Holy Vessel in Service to Her

Cynthia Jurs shares her love affair with the Earth, and the story of how she met the “old wise man in the cave” and asked him her most burning question. She tells of the assignment she was given, where it has taken her, and what it has demanded. She’ll also speak to a new practice of Tara Gaia that’s been catalyzed in her, which she is now transmitting to all who are hearing the call.

Note: This interview is part of the Mystics Summit, a free online event where you can reconnect with Divine love in the midst of complexity and turmoil. For more information, please visit https://mysticssummit.com. This recording is a copyright of The Shift Network. All rights reserved.

Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview with Cynthia Jurs, March 2020

SHIFT Network Interview for the Summer of Peace Series (8/26-20)

In this interview with Phillip Hellmich, Global Peace Ambassador with the SHIFT Network, Cynthia speaks about the origins of the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project and where her work of sacred activism has gone around the world—including to Liberia where peacebuilding efforts continue since burying an Earth Treasure Vase in that land. Recognizing the wounds of patriarchy and racism and the current need to bring healing and protection to the USA, Cynthia and Philip also discuss the opportunity for collective awakening.

Gaia Calling

A short video for the 7-week course, Gaia Calling; Becoming a Vessel for Global Healing & Collective Awakening. April 2020.

Loving Gaia; Interview with Cynthia Jurs & Clare Dubois

Cynthia Jurs, whose mission includes the spreading and burying of Treasure Vases as gifts for Gaia’s healing, and Clare Dubois, founder of TreeSisters offer their life experience as a gateway into the imagining and dreaming of more feminine potential in this world. This conversation touches on their own journeys of finding courage, dealing with the unknown, feeling intimately connected to Gaia, stepping through fear and working with the limitations of the body. January 2020

Summoned by the Earth; a conversation between Cynthia Jurs & Chameli Ardagh

Chameli Ardagh, founder of the Awakening Women Institute, spoke to Cynthia Jurs as part of the 21-day Sadhana; Becoming Gaia’s Oracle, April 2020.

Introducing Tara Gaia

An hour-long conversation between Cynthia Jurs and David to introduce the practice of Tara Gaia. Includes discussion of how the adaptation from a practice of Tara to one of Gaia evolved, at this time when we are all being called to wake up in relation to Mother Earth, this practice can serve as a profound spiritual support, and features an introduction to methods of practicing in the Vajrayana tradition using visualization and mantra recitation with a brief teaching on the Gaia Mantra with a recitation.

Cynthia Jurs Interview; Earth Treasure Vases, Peacebuilding in Liberia, Sacred Activism, Being Peace & Collective Awakening

Sacred Activism for the Great Turning; Science and Nonduality Conference 2019

Opening night talk of the SAND Conference by Cynthia Jurs

Climate Crisis, Grief and Interbeing

A panel discussion with Charles Eisenstein, Thomas Hubl, Bayo Akomolafe and Cynthia Jurs facilitated by Zaya Bennazzo at the Science and Nonduality Conference 2019

Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Meditation for One World Bearing Witness, Dec 2017

Mirabai Starr Interview with Cynthia Jurs for the Shift Network

For her course on Wild Goddesses and Mystics of Mercy, Mirabai Starr interviewed Cynthia Jurs on her relationship with Gaia and the practice of the Earth Treasure Vases.

Inner Peace To World Peace Film by Uplift

Inner Peace to World Peace a film by Uplift

Can we really create peace in the world? Interviewing leading experts (including Cynthia Jurs) and scientific researchers, we learn how our inner peace is directly related to peace in the wider world.

Turning Prayer Into Action

This documentary, narrated by Jane Fonda, was produced by Cynthia Jurs and Kim Spencer, and broadcast on Link TV. While the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers were in Dharamsala they met virtually with young people at the Bioneers Conference for dialogues across time, space, and cultures to move us all to heal our relations, heal ourselves, and heal our planet, bringing together the hope of youth and the experience of elders in a call to prayer and action. For more information: http://prayerintoaction.com

Earth Treasure Vase Dialogue with Joanna Macy 10-20-21

This conversation between Cynthia Jurs and Joanna Macy took place on the Full Moon of October 20, 2021 when the Gaia Mandala Community gathered for the monthly Global Healing Meditation. Joanna has been an inspiration to Cynthia since the 1980s. She stewarded an Earth Treasure Vase herself in the 1990s, and her Work That Reconnects and on Nuclear Guardianship has been a guiding influence for Cynthia in carrying out the assignment with the Earth Treasure Vases. Welcoming Joanna to our circle, we honor her for being a living treasure among us.

Full Moon Conversation with Deena Metzger 2-16-22

When Cynthia Jurs began to work with the Earth Treasure Vases, she knew she needed to invite Deena Metzger into the practice as a mentor and guide. Deena suggested that the first Earth Treasure Vase for Africa should go to Liberia. On this full moon call, Deena joined Cynthia in conversation to share her stories of Africa, her wisdom about the state of the world today and how the ETV practice can contribute to a collective awakening for us all.
 
Deena Metzger is a poet, novelist, essayist, storyteller, teacher and healer who conducts training groups on the spiritual, creative, political and ethical aspects of healing and peacemaking, drawing deeply on alliance with spirit, indigenous teachings and the many wisdom traditions. Her writing concerns itself with the interplay between the human and the natural world in hopes of restoring a pathway for a viable future for all beings. Please see her, “19 Ways to the 5th World.”

Earth Treasure Vase Conversation with Cynthia Lazaroff 3-18-22

Cynthia Jurs first met Cynthia Lazaroff in the early 1980s when they were both active in Track II Citizen Diplomacy efforts and travelled to the former Soviet Union together during the Cold War. Cynthia Lazaroff is now stewarding an Earth Treasure Vase for Russia to be planted in the Bering Strait. With the war in Ukraine on all of our hearts and minds, the discussion centered on the dangers of nuclear war and the need to direct our prayers for peace to Russia, Ukraine and the world. 
Cynthia Lazaroff’s life work is dedicated to ending the threat of nuclear war and facilitating positive and constructive relations between Russia and America. She is the founder of Women Transforming Our Nuclear Legacy and NuclearWakeUpCall.Earth. Cynthia is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker and author of Dawn of a New Armageddon, a personal account of the Hawaii missile scare published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. She currently serves on the board of the American Committee for U.S.-Russia Accord. https://www.cynthialazaroff.com

Evolutionary Sacred Activism ~ a talk by Cynthia Jurs for the Global Mystics Certification Program with Andrew Harvey and Mirabai Starr

Cynthia Jurs gave this teaching when she served as guest faculty for the Shift Network’s year-long immersion on Global Mysticism. After being warmly welcomed and acknowledged by the program’s primary teachers, Andrew Harvey and Mirabai Starr, Cynthia spoke to the need to form a personal connection with Mother Earth, weaving the threads of sacred activism and evolutionary mysticism into a new living dharma for our times with Gaia as our greatest teacher and collective source of refuge. 

Short Stories from Earth Treasure Vase Locations

Vessels of the Holy; Interview with Joanna Macy

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy talks about the legacy of nuclear weapons and the need for Nuclear Guardianship and her experience of working with an Earth Treasure Vase.

Liberia Earth Treasure Vase

The first vase for Africa was buried in Liberia, Africa on the winter solstice 2009 in collaboration with the peace-building organization, everyday gandhis and local traditional elders, officials, women, youth and visiting dignitaries.

Life is Returning; Liberia 2011

After taking an Earth Treasure Vase to Liberia, the process of peace building continued with the dedication of a traditional Peace Hut in the village where the vase was buried.

Alaska Earth Treasure Vase Pilgrimage

The Earth Treasure Vase for Alaska was buried in collaboration with native Gwich’in leader and activist, Evon Peter, his family and a small group of participants from around the world. This vase held the intention to protect the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, the native people and animals from oil and other natural resource extraction, and global warming due to big industry.

Papua New Guinea Earth Treasure Vase

This Earth Treasure Vase was dedicated to protecting the Southern Pacific Ocean. The underwater “burial” ceremony was done in the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea in collaboration with the native people of Isala and members of the Biosphere Foundation.

South Africa Earth Treasure Vase

An Earth Treasure Vase was buried at the base of the Nilotic Meridian in South Africa above the Blyde River Canyon after taking it to receive the prayers of the Kalahari San People. We also invited the blessings of all the great African animals including the prophesied White Lions of Timbavati.

Gabarnmang Earth Treasure Vase

The first of the second generation of Earth Treasure Vases was buried at a 50,000-year-old rock shelter covered in paintings in remote Arnhem Land in 2015 at the invitation of custodial elder, Aunty Margaret Katherine Oenpelli.

Women Witness Congo

When an Earth Treasure Vase was taken to Congo, Women Witness Congo began as a digital storytelling project dedicated to connecting the global community with the women of Congo, their rising leadership and their compelling visions for change.

Monday Mindfulness Meditation Dharma Talks

3/15/21: Foundations Of Bodhicitta

In this week’s MMM, Cynthia speaks to bodhicitta, our wish to cultivate understanding into order to bring happiness to all beings. Each of us has Buddha nature. Each of us has wisdom to offer. We ask ourselves what is our motivation? Are we really aware of where we are coming from? The main point of our practice is to transform the attachment to our sense of self, and to wake up to that selfless nature of all that is. We practice in such a way to break through deep habitual patterns of identifying with a sense of self as being the very center of everything. We see how important it is to care for each other. And so, our practices can facilitate the experience of interbeing. Turning around our orientation from self to other, arousing our great love for the world, we can take the vow of the Bodhisattva to awaken for the benefit of all beings. 

3/29/21: The Fruits Of Practice

In this week’s Monday Mindfulness Meditation, Liza Jane Alexander, a dedicated practitioner, musician and sangha member from Eastern Tennessee, was guest facilitator for Cynthia Jurs. Liza spoke eloquently about how we can become gardeners, composting the seeds of our hatred, discrimination, despair and anger into beautiful flowers, to help the energy of happiness and peace grow in ourselves and in the world. She illuminated how our mind consciousness is like a storehouse that contains all kind of seeds and yet like a garden, it cannot cultivate itself. We need to water and tend the seeds of understanding, love, peace and liberation so they grow into fruit that supports life. The practice of mindfulness is not to get rid of afflictions, but to accept them and touch them with our insight, which brings transformation. Liza brought out her guitar and skillfully interspersed her talk with wonderful songs from Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition to open our hearts.

4/12/21: A Call To Collective Awakening

During this week’s Monday Mindfulness Meditation, Cynthia speaks to the intention for collective awakening, inspired by her teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, and his remark in 1993 that the next Buddha may take the form of a sangha, a community practicing loving kindness. Especially during this challenging moment, there is an opportunity to awaken our innate caring and compassion that is in each of us, and to strengthen the ground of our practice, so we can contribute to the awakening in our own lives, and to the awakening of the critical mass of humanity. It is an incredible evolutionary moment in which to slow down and deepen our faith and love. Cynthia shares a passage from Eddie S. Glaude Jr. book, “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own” reminding us that there is no awakening without love. This love, becomes the basis for genuine democratic community where we can all flourish if we so choose.

2/07/22: Remembering Thich Nhat Hanh

This talk was offered by Cynthia Jurs, a Dharmacharya in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh, as a way to honor her teacher of 37 years and come to terms with his passing. Cynthia, whose dharma name is True Source, shares her own history with Thay, special moments that have formed the basis of much of her life, and teachings that influenced her deeply. She also includes a number of quotes and poems of Thich Nhat Hanh’s and celebrates his love for Mother Earth. 

2/21/21: Introduction to The Heart Sutra

In this talk, Cynthia Jurs speaks about how in the weeks after Thich Nhat Hahh’s passing, she is reminded of how he used to say it is a “radical act to stop”. In response to this call to stop and appreciate all he gave us, Cynthia shares that she and her dharma sister in Thay’s lineage, Wendy Johnson, will offer 2 weeks of teachings on The Heart Sutra on March 7 & 14 to bookend the final ceremonies for the 49th day after Thay’s passing on March 11th, when his ashes will be spread. There are many translations of the Heart Sutra, including two from Thay—his 2nd translation was completed just two months before his stroke in 2014—we will explore these together. In today’s talk Cynthia read an excerpt from “The Heart of Understanding” as a warm up for these next 2 sessions. She also chanted the Heart Sutra with the drum the way she originally learned it from Korean Zen Master Soen Sa Nim.

Note: Apologies that the drum’s audio sounds so bad on the recording, and there was a pause in the drumbeat for Cynthia to scroll thru to complete the reading of the sutra.

3/07/22: The Evolution of the Heart Sutra in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Tradition, Part One

with Sensei Wendy Johnson and Dharmacharya Cynthia Jurs

This is the 1st week of a teaching on the Heart Sutra, first translated by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1988. The session opens with an introduction by Cynthia Jurs, followed by Cynthia and Wendy chanting that early version of the Heart Sutra, and going into a wonderful dharma talk by Wendy Johnson who speaks to the history of the Heart Sutra, recounting many engaging stories from her experience with Thay, and sharing some key points in understanding this Sutra. The session ends with a recording of the current version of the Heart Sutra sung by a monk in Plum Village.

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Podcast Interviews

Cynthia Jurs: Earth as a Refuge and Truth before Tradition: Podcast

Earth as Refuge & Choosing Truth Before Tradition

with Olivia Clementine with Cynthia Jurs

It covers a lot of ground, including Cynthia’s visions of Tara, studying with Thich Nhat Hanh, a life-changing pilgrimage in Nepal, Earth Treasure Vases, sacred activism, Peace Huts in Liberia, revealing the Tara Gaia practice & choosing truth over tradition. Enjoy!

Listen on Apple Podcast by clicking the image above, or listen on the website linked here: https://www.oliviaclementine.com/podcasts/

On Synchronicity and Sacrifice, from Living in the Gift

with Charles Eisenstein and Cynthia Jurs

This conversation originally recorded for Charles Eisenstein’s online course, Living in the Gift. It was a meditative, engaging experience with synchronicities that showed up to support the flow of our stories and connection with one another. Truly, it was a lived experience of gift listening to this slow, deep, and joyful conversation on ideas that are central to synchronicity and sacrifice.

Acting from the Subtle; from The Space Between Stories

with Charles Eisenstein and Cynthia Jurs

Many of the themes of the course, The Space Between Stories, come together in this recording with Buddhist teacher and peace activist, Cynthia Jurs. Cynthia was one of four guest teachers for Charles’ course and exemplifies a kind of activism that is less direct than Jodie Evans’s and more politically engaged than Lissa Rankin’s, and deeply embodying the “not knowing” that Bayo Akomolafe upholds. “That is the place,” Cynthia says, “where magic can happen.” Her work is about creating conditions where anything can happen, especially that which is beyond our limited knowledge of cause and effect. This session is about the power that comes from the subtle realms, from the silence, from the stillness, from the slowness—and yet which can change the world in tangible ways. What starts in the subtle does not stay in the subtle. Yet neither is the subtle an escape from the practical. This session is especially for those who feel they are not doing enough, that they cannot do enough, or that the situation (in the world or in your world) is hopeless.

Embodiment Matters Podcast with Cynthia Jurs

Embodiment Matters Podcast:
Embodying Sacred Activism: A Conversation with Cynthia Jurs (09/04/20)

In this conversation with hosts, Carl Rabke and Erin Geesaman Rabke of Embodiment Matters, Cynthia explores the topic of sacred activism and engaged Buddhism through the practice of stewarding small clay vessels filled with prayers for healing the Earth on every continent around the globe. Cynthia shares about the origins of the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project, her forthcoming book entitled, Summoned by the Earth, the difference between faith and belief, and Thich Nhat Hanh’s prediction that the future Buddha will not be an individual, but rather a sangha, or community awakening together. The conversation closes with a beautiful prayer by Cynthia, and an invitation to explore the latest offerings of the Gaia Mandala community, including teachings on Tara Gaia, a practice that encourages us to turn to the Earth as a source of refuge and awakening, a living embodiment of the of teacher (Buddha), teachings (Dharma) and community (Sangha).