Ebola A Special Report from Liberia
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, is a dharmacharya in the Order of Interbeing of Thich Nhat Hanh and a lama in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. She directs the international Gaia Mandala Sangha from her home in Santa Fe, NM. Also the founder of Alliance for the Earth, a nonprofit dedicated to global healing and collective awakening, Cynthia's life was transformed when she met a 106 year old lama living in a cave and asked him, "What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?" Seventy Earth Treasure Vases and 30 years later, in collaboration with indigenous elders, young activists and regular folks around the world, a global healing mandala for the Earth has been established. Through her practice of sacred activism she has witnessed creative solutions to the planet's problems arise in response to all the prayers that have been made. In 2020, Cynthia began to transmit a new practice of Tara Gaia to assist others in forming a spiritual connection to the Earth. Her book, Summoned by the Earth is forthcoming.