I am a Soto Zen priest and teacher. I worked at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School for many years, and have now retired to full-time Zen teaching and residency at Boundless Way Temple in Worcester, MA. www.worcesterzen.org, www.melissablacker.com
Earlier today David and I finished teaching a four day retreat in Ireland, hosted by the Mindfulness Centre. Our hosts were the talented and warm teachers Helen Byrne and Josephine Lynch, and the photo here is one of three screens showing the 75 participants. As with all of our retreats online since the pandemic began in March, it was deep and profound. Moving back and forth between formal practice and daily life, we all had a taste of how meditation practice allows us to make our lives whole, no matter what we have to deal with. The world is on fire, and we can learn to sit with all that is happening, in order to act to help with the healing.