Ebola: A Special Report from Liberia

Broadcast on September 15, 2014
With Harper M. Karmon & Christian Wolo Bethelson & Cynthia Jurs

The Ebola outbreak has claimed over 2,400 lives in West Africa. Like Sierra Leone, Liberia is in the heart of the Ebola crisis and is a country still recovering from its bloody civil war and that it is routinely listed near the bottom of the UN Human Development Index. We will hear front-line reports from Harper Karmon and Christian Betheleson who are using radio and mindfulness meditation to help people deal with the harsh realities of the outbreak. Bethelson, a former army general, had attended a retreat at Thich Nhat Hahn's Plum Village and is finding culturally appropriate ways to introduce the meditation techniques. We also will hear from Cynthia Jurs, the founder of the Alliance for the Earth, who is supporting the work of Harper and Bethelson.  

Cynthia Jurs

Founder of Alliance for the Earth
Cynthia Jurs, founder of Alliance for the Earth, a nonprofit dedicated to global healing and collective awakening, is a dharmacharya in the Order of Interbeing of Thich Nhat Hanh and directs the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, NM. Her life was transformed when she met an old wise man living in a cave and asked him, "What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?" Thirty Earth Treasure Vases (ETVs) and 24 years later, in collaboration with indigenous elders, young activists and regular folks in communities around the world, a global healing mandala for the Earth has been established. Through her practice of sacred activism with the ETVs, she has witnessed miraculous and creative solutions to the planet's problems arise in response to prayers that have been made. She continues to travel and teach wherever she can and looks forward to telling her story in a book and documentary film sometime soon.