GAIA MANDALA

GLOBAL HEALING COMMUNITY

Media Library

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

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

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.

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

5/18/20: The Work of Transformation; from Poison to Wisdom

In this weeks’ teaching, Cynthia Jurs speaks on the work of transformation and the process of turning poisons into wisdom through mindfulness. When we learn to follow, witness and to be present with difficulties as they arise, slowly, habitual and negative patterns such as anger, greed, pride, envy or ignorance, can be experienced as energies. We can relax our grip. All of this becomes fuel for the journey of awakening.

5/25/20: Being Gentle with Ourselves

Being gentle with ourselves creates conditions for awakening to happen. In this weeks’ teaching, Cynthia Jurs introduces The Mandala as a ‘map of the psyche’, for elemental energies of fire, water, earth air and space, to come into balance. She invokes her teacher, Thích Nhất Hạnh who advises us to ‘water the seeds of happiness, loving kindness, forgiveness and joy, so that transformation can be possible’. So many habitual patterns can be release all on their own, when we act with kindness and compassion toward ourselves.

6/01/20: The Breath that Fuels Change

During this weeks’ teaching, in response to the murder of George Floyd, Cynthia Jurs identifies collective wounds at the core of the imbalances we see in our world, which must be addressed if we have any hope of restoring the web of life. We can’t heal anything unless we see it clearly. By looking deeply and not turning away, we activate our capacity to care. Cynthia calls us to practice in a way that fuels us to dismantle racism in every corner of society, as well and within ourselves. This is the process of transforming poisons into wisdom.

6/08/20: Guarding the Energy of Transformation

Our most precious opportunity of this life is to wake up. As we develop our capacity for awareness, it is important that we learn how to be a vessel to contain and respect this energy of transformation, so as not to dissipate it. In this weeks’ teaching, Cynthia Jurs speaks to what it takes to truly sustain and stabilize our practice and view, so as to have a choice of how to respond and to contribute constructively to the changes that are needed in the world. Coming from a place of privilege, it is important to transform our conditioning in order to realize the Bodhisattva Vow and experience ourselves as inseparable from all other beings.

6/15/20: Cultivating Equanimity and the Four Immeasurables

The work of transformation is not easy. Therefore, learning how to cultivate Equanimity, or non-reactivity is helpful. During this weeks’ teaching, Cynthia Jurs speaks to the qualities of the Four Immeasurables that help us get us from the shore of suffering to the shore of liberation. These tools are available to help us let go and to keep coming back with every breath, to our loving kindness and compassion.

7/06/20: The Fruit of Calm Abiding

The breath is like a thread that runs through everything, an anchor to come back into the present moment. When we practice, we have a chance to ‘come home’ and drop into a deeper place of calm abiding. In this weeks’ teaching, Cynthia Jurs speaks about self-love and letting go of effort. When we practice on a regular basis, it is guaranteed that we will begin to see our nature more clearly. We can touch that place every single time we take a breath with awareness throughout the day.

7/13/20: The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism

During this weeks’ teaching, Cynthia Jurs offers a reading of The Fourteen Precepts of Engaged Buddhism created by her teacher, author, poet and peace activist, Thích Nhất Hạnh. The precepts, born out of Nhất Hanh’s peace activism during the Vietnam War and four decades living in exile, evolved to offer guidelines for mindfulness training, ethical behavior, and compassionate action in society. Adopted from traditional precepts of Mahayana Buddhism, they are intended to open our hearts to listen deeply for the transformation that is being asked of us.

Podcast Interviews with Charles Eisenstein

On Synchronicity and Sacrifice, from Living in the Gift

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

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.