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Maia’s Sept 2014 E-Newsletter

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Becoming more deeply engaged with the world around you
can accelerate your own path of liberation.
Your life is bigger than the boundaries around your skin.

photo: Katya Lesher

photo: Katya Lesher

New Beginnings

When I was growing up, I loved the start of the school year – new books to read, inspiring teachers to learn from, and reconnecting with friends returning from summertime adventures. I’ve always had a passion for learning and connection.

September has always felt to me like the real beginning of the year – I wonder if that feels true for you too? 

As this September starts, I’m ready to create something new… hence this newsletter!

A little background may be helpful. You’re receiving this email because you’ve signed up for one of my lists: the Liberated Life Project, Five Directions, and/or the Jizo Chronicles. Over the years, I’ve discovered that readers on any one of those sites often have no idea that the others exist. It seems I’ve created different spaces for different parts of myself… but now I can see how connected they all are.

Recently I’ve started to see how all these venues — and my whole body of work — have one thing in common: creating space for learning and transformation. 

In the next few months, my big project is to bring together these online personas into one integrated space, a place dedicated to transformative learning and mindful awareness and to supporting those who share those values. This monthly newsletter is a first step in that direction and makes it easier for me to tell you what else is going on in my ‘world work,’ as a friend calls it.

I know lots of folks are downsizing in the email department. If you need to unsubscribe from this one, I understand. But if you feel that you’d enjoy hearing what I’m up to, staying in the loop about ways to learn along with me, and keeping connected to the other great folks please do stick around! I would love to stay connected – if that feels right to you.

blessings and love,

Maia

p.s. the beautiful photo of the spider web, above, was taken by my friend and colleague, Katya Lesher.

Globetrotting with Maia

ouyporn+maiaOver the past few months, here’s what I’ve been doing…

April — co-taught, along with Katya Lesher, the Spirituality and Health Care Institute at the annual conference of Spiritual Directors International, Santa Fe, NM

June — taught mindfulness practices at the Empowering Blind Students in Science and Engineering workshop, Seattle, WA.

July — served on the faculty for the Buddhist Education for Social Transformation course, in northern Thailand (photo at left with Ouyporn Khuankaew, co-founder of the International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice)

August — facilitated a planning retreat in New Hampshire for a group of people founding a nonprofit organization.

 

What’s Coming Up…

llpbadge-2014

Fall in Love with Your Work!

This October, join me for a journey into right livelihood! This is the only time this year I’m offering “Fall in Love with Your Work,” the e-course that’s been life-changing for many people. I’m expanding the course to two months, and there’ll be an extra-special gift for the first 10 people who sign up (registration opens Sept 15). Learn more and get on the “Advance Notice Discount” list on this page.

Re-Connection and Renewal

Interested in bringing mindfulness into your workplace? Re-Connection and Renewal (R+R) workshops and retreats are designed to do just that! Get in touch with me to find out how to bring a custom-designed R+R to your group or organization. (You can just respond to this email, I’ll write ya back!)

Maia to Teach at Upaya Zen Center in 2015

I’m delighted to announce that Katya Lesher and I will be co-leading a retreat at Upaya Zen Center, June 26-28, 2015. Please save the dates — I’d love to have you join us here in beautiful Santa Fe. More details coming soon!

Writing…

Some of my articles from the past few months…

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About Maia

I've been practicing and studying the Buddha way since 1994, and exploring the question "What is engaged Buddhism?" since the late 90s. As former executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and editor of its journal, Turning Wheel, I had the honor of meeting and working with many practitioners of engaged dharma, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Joanna Macy, Alan Senauke, and Robert Aitken Roshi. I write about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, "The Jizo Chronicles," as well as on the theme of personal and collective freedom on my website, "The Liberated Life Project." Through my Five Directions Consulting, I offer support to individuals and organizations who aspire to integrate awareness into their work.

3 responses »

  1. Yes, joining all your web communications into one is a good and practical idea.
    I will still be reading YOU!! Thank you for all that you do. With a bow,

    Reply
  2. Thomas Harry Pearce

    Hi Maia,

    For All Beings!
    Thank you for your hard work!
    I sent you a copy of “A Path for All Beings – A Joyful Homemade Path to Happy Living and World Peace” which defines the bodhisattva path (including Jizo’s path) and explains a self-transformative householder Buddhism (engaged Buddhism).
    Could you please report on the book to your blog readers?

    For All Beings!
    Thomas Harry

    Reply

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