Practicing Peace Meditation Drive
April 17th to May 15th, 2022
Free and open to the public. Online.
As we begin to emerge from the pandemic amid troubling international news of war in Ukraine, a regular meditation practice is a potent tool to remain present and grounded in the face of suffering. Let’s harness the power of meditation to raise money for refugees in need by collaborating with Commonweal's Gift of Compassion Migration Support Project.
Gift of Compassion is an initiative founded by artist Ying Ming Tu (Tu-2) and Angela E. Oh, both Zazen practitioners. They offer meditation teaching to under-served communities by providing regular workshops among a host of other philanthropic efforts. For Practicing Peace, we will collaborate with Gift of Compassion’s Migration Support Project, which raises funds to provide food, clothing and shelter for those in need at the Foundation for the Gift of Love, a refugee sanctuary in Tijuana, Mexico. The sanctuary provides housing, food, and medicine to 1,200 refugees from Central and South America and even Ukraine.
Our meditation drive will consist of periods of self-guided meditation as well as remote teaching sessions with Dr. Bob Rosenbaum as well as Angela Oh and Ying Ming Tu. Each meditation sitting will be matched by a financial donation from the Fountain Project to the Gift of Compassion’s Migration Support Project. We hope you will join the Fountain Project to practice peace while raising much-needed funds for those in need.
Practicing Peace will begin on Sunday, April 17th for a five-week duration, scheduled as follows:
April 17th from 9am - 10:30am PDT: Remote teaching led by Dr. Rosenbaum. Video recording
April 24th: Remote Self-Guided Meditation (submit your meditation hours on Apr 25th)
May 1st from 9am - 10:30am PDT: Remote teaching led by Angela Oh and Ying Ming Tu
May 8th: Remote Self-Guided Meditation (submit your meditation hours on May 2nd)
May 15th from 9am - 10:30am PDT: Remote teaching led by Dr. Rosenbaum with drive update from Michael Lerner Ph.D (co-founder of Commonweal) Final submission of your meditation hours on May 16th.
Zoom meeting link for April 17th, May 1st and May 15th: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82578295558?pwd=Z3lGN05qaTdNaW9NeTBOTlZHcGJWUT09
Meeting ID: 825 7829 5558
For every 15 minutes you meditate, Fountain Project will donate $2.50 to the Gift of Compassion’s Migration Support Project. Each person can enter up to 60 minutes per day. You can commit to as many days or weeks as you wish.
Please download this form to log your meditation hours. Please submit your completed forms at two-week intervals - once on Monday, April 25th and a second time on Monday, May 16th. Please send them to [email protected] or mail them to Fountain Project Foundation at 10124 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530. Thank you for joining the Practicing Peace and for your time and energy!
Angela Oh and Ying Ming Tu (Tu-2) bring art and meditation together through the Gift of Compassion project. Angela, a former criminal defense lawyer, conflict resolution consultant and mediator, and co-convenor of the Black/API racial healing circle, has been a practitioner of Zen meditation for more than 20 years. Artist Ying Ming Tu (Tu-2) combines his gift of making art with meditation to create images that carry a sacred and life-affirming vibration. As a Buddhist and Zen meditator for more than 25 years, Tu-2 honors the sacred through the images he creates today.
Robert Rosenbaum, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist and psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay area, a Zen practice leader and senior teacher of Dayan Qigong, and a mountaineer. He brings a lifetime of practice to the moment-by-moment harmonization of body, mind, and spirit. Bob began Zen practice in 1971; since 1988 he has practiced at the Berkeley Zen Center in the Soto Zen lineage of Snunryu Suzuki. He received authorization to teach Dayan Qigong in 1999 from Master Hui Liu of the Wen Wu School in the tradition of Grandmaster Yang Mei Jun. Bob sees the sitting meditation of zazen and the moving meditation of qigong as two complementary expressions which mutually reinforce the natural practice of the Way in ordinary, everyday activity.
Fountain Project is extremely grateful to our invaluable speakers for their time and wisdom on guiding us in this 5-week project. We are also grateful to everyone who participated in the past Exercise Drive and in the Practice Peace Drive.