Unconditional Kindness to Ourselves and Others in Challenging Times

On May 22, Rebecca was interviewed by Deborah Eden Tull as part of the Mindfulness and Meditation Summit on how to cultivate unconditional kindness to ourselves and others in challenging times.

Session description: In these challenging times, stress, anxiety and fear can unsettle our mind, rendering us more susceptible to falling into our unhelpful habits. Using our meditative practice, we can cultivate unconditional kindness to ourselves by observing the subtle and implicit conditions we have set in order to deserve love and kindness and learning to let go of these conditions. As we unlearn the habit of harshness toward ourselves, we develop greater capacity for kindness to our loved ones and others.

This interview is part of the Mindfulness and Meditation Summit, a free online event where you can return to joy, foster courage and share compassion through the power of mindful awareness. For more information, please visit https://mindfulnessmeditationsummit.com/. This recording is a copyright of The Shift Network. All rights reserved.

Working with Anger and Frustration in the Face of Social Injustice

Newark Center for Meditative Culture invited Dr. Rebecca Li to offer a video series on Living in Uncertainty with Clarity and Compassion in the Face of the Pandemic and Social Injustice.  This is the first talk of the series given in a live session on Zoom on June 3.  This talk focuses on how to transform anger and frustration with the social justice into commitment to building a better society.

Living in Uncertainty--flyer

Living Fully is to See Each Moment as Brand New

This talk was given in the Weekly Online Dharma Practice Gathering on May 29, 2020.  Drawing on a quote from Pema Chodron’s book When Things Fall Apart, Rebecca talked about how to reflect on and contemplate impermanence deeply in order to live fully by seeing each moment as brand new–by being “willing to die over and over again.”

Restoring Meaning to Our Lives

This talk was given in the Online Weekly Dharma Practice Gathering on May 22, 2020.  Drawing on Joanna Macy’s four R’s to cultivate a life-sustaining culture–Resilience, Relinquishment, Restoration, and Reconciliation, Rebecca encouraged practitioners to reflect on what we have learned from spending time at home during the pandemic to restore meaning in our lives.

Letting Go of Our Search for Absolute Safety

This talk was given in the weekly online Dharma practice gathering on May 15, 2020.  Rebecca drew on Pema Chodron’s quote “To seek for some lasting security is futile” to examine how our entrenched habits to search for absolute safety is suffering.  She explained how to cultivate awareness of these habits.  Through practice, we learn to let go of the urge to grasp for absolute safety, hence allowing us to clearly discern the constantly changing situation of the pandemic to identify appropriate actions and not be stuck in fear.

Recognizing and Learning from the Bodhisattvas around us

This talk was given in the weekly online Dharma practice gathering on May 8, 2020.  Rebecca shared the practice of recognizing the Bodhisattvas around us as a way to familiarize ourselves with and cultivate Bodhisattva practices.  She explained what it means to be a Bodhisattva using the story of Rhonda Roland Shearer distributing personal protective equipment to healthcare workers featured in the Washington Post.  To support her work, click here.

Practicing as a Bodhisattva in the Pandemic

On April 27, 2020, Rebecca joined practitioners of Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County as originally scheduled on Zoom for an evening of practice.  In response to practitioners’ interest in learning about “Bodhisattva’s wise response in the face of a pandemic,” Rebecca spoke about how to practice as a Bodhisattva by not turning away from suffering.

Practicing to Suffer Better

This talk was given in the weekly online Dharma practice gathering with Rebecca Li on April 24, 2020.  Rebecca encouraged practitioners to cultivate clear awareness of one’s experience of suffering so that one can use the practice to mitigate the impulse to inflict  additional suffering on oneself and others.  To do so, we practice not being afraid of our fear and suffering.  Practicing this way, we also learn to tread the Bodhisattva Path by not turning away from the suffering of the world.