GLOBAL HEALING COMMUNITY
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
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.
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.
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
10/05/20: The Courage To Face Ourselves
In this weeks’ dharma talk, Cynthia mentions her teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, and her beloved friend Joanna, both of whom are nearing the end of their lives. She speaks to the importance of training now in order to come to peace within ourselves so that we can live fulfilled and die smiling, without regret. It takes courage to face ourselves and train in stopping the incessant activity of the mind. When we come into quiet stillness, we can notice our impulse toward distraction, and if we chose not to indulge it, we might become aware of the unbounded space of our own inner refuge. Here, we can experience a deep sense of peace and authentic presence, lively and clear. We train in mindfulness so that when our time comes, if we are so lucky, we can be prepared to open to the vast expanse without fear. If we do not practice quieting the mind now, even for 15 or 20 minutes of meditation every day, how can we hope to have the possibility of freedom at the time of death? [Note, this recording contains a guided meditation at 26:00 minutes inspired by “Retrieving the Inner Refuge”, a self guided meditation by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, found in his book, The True Source of Healing.]
10/19/20: Keeping Our Practice Fresh
The practice of mindfulness meditation is a training to wake up now, in this very moment. Just like learning an instrument or a new language, we must train ourselves in the practice of meditation. The first step is stopping to see more clearly, to understand more fully. Our lives have become so cut off from our true nature, from Mother Nature. When we can find stability in a practice of mindfulness, we create conditions for something new to happen, so we don’t keep reacting the same old ways. Bringing our attention to our heart, our awareness can take root in the center of our being. The true source of wisdom and compassion is there. From this place, we can experience our truth and walk the path in peace, with compassion and insight for ourselves and others. This is our best protection.
11-16-20: The Meaning of Taking Refuge
In this week’s session, Cynthia Jurs discusses what it means to “Take Refuge” and come into relationship with the “Three Jewels” not as concepts outside of ourselves, but by engaging within ourselves in a living relationship with the Earth. The Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha are all within us. To plant a seed is to entrust it to the Earth. The seed won’t sprout in arid land, but if the soil is fertile the harvest will be bountiful. Our own heart is a safe space, a refuge, we can rely on to plant the seeds of awakening. The Buddha is our mindfulness, our own knowing. The Dharma is our conscious breathing, our practice, and the Sangha is all of our components operating in harmony. The great work of Gaia is within us and all around us. This is our “refuge”.
11-23-20: The Practice of Stopping with the Bell as a Support
During this week’s session, Cynthia Jurs talks about feeding the spirit of what we want to see in the world. So often, our habits make us go unconscious and we are not aware of the tension we’re creating in the world around us. How are we going to make changes individually and collectively if we do not….stop? Meditation is a tool to cut through our reactive patterns. And the practice of the bell as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh, is another skillful way of cutting through our habits to find new ground. When we hear the sound of the bell, no matter what we are doing, it is an invitation to stop, take three breaths and return to our true source. We start with ourselves and after stopping we can see where the path leads.
11/30/20: The Six Paramitas
In Sanskrit, Paramita, means ‘perfection’. In Chinese, the character for perfection means “crossing to the other shore”. In this week’s MMM, Cynthia speaks to the six qualities of realization that are already within us and that can take us from the shore of suffering to the shore of liberation; Generosity, Discipline, Patience, Enthusiasm, Meditation (or Concentration) and Wisdom. These Six Paramitas carry us from sorrow to joy, from anger to understanding. We become “stream enterers” when we push off and enter the Great River. We may get wet but the peace and understanding we need today is only available if we engage in these ways.
12/6/20: The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind
This is the last MMM sessions until February 1st, 2021. Cynthia opens with some personal reflections, commenting on her need for time off. She invites us to practice on our own and stay connected in The Mandala. Then, she gives a teaching on “The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind.” These are contemplations that are invoked at the beginning of any dharma practice in the Tibetan tradition. The Four Thoughts are: being aware of the freedoms and favorable conditions of this precious human birth, remembering that everything born is impermanent and bound to die, acknowledging how virtuous and unvirtuous actions (which are causes) are inexorable, and facing the truth of the suffering that is present in cyclic existence. While unpacking these Four Thoughts, Cynthia also speaks about the Six Realms and touches on the notion of Karma.
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:
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).