There's a growing sense of anxiety and fear in our society, and in our hearts. But we're not helpless. Mushim Patricia Ikeda gives instruction in Metta meditation, which can help us foster feelings of goodwill and loving-kindness.

Mushim gives a brief talk on "Teachings for Uncertain Times" for Black History Month Feb 2017.

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Buddhist eacher Mushim Patricia Ikeda’s talk references the presidential election and the “sharp increase in already existing fears” among African Americans, undocumented immigrants, Muslims, and people of color communities. “The question is: what is going to change and how will it change?” says Ikeda-Nash, a meditation teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California. “Dharma practitioners have always formed communities and deep spiritual friendships that have helped us to weather the winters of hard times and to bask together in the warmth of good times . . . Now is the time to ask ourselves, ‘what have we been practicing for?’” In honor of Black History Month, Tricycle is presenting a special video series, “Teachings for Uncertain Times,” featuring 13 teachers of color, here on our blog, Trike Daily, throughout Februar 201. The videos are free to watch.

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Mushim gives a Dharma Talk at SFZC 

photo by clare Hollander

photo by clare Hollander

Click here to watch the video on "Awakening, Engaging, and Embodying Social Justice."
"Before we consider whether we can embody Dharma—and in my case being at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland where our mission is diversity and social justice based, whether we can embody social justice (that which is just; that which is fair; that which is equitable, good and compassionate for the many)—we can just ask ourselves, I think, whether we can embody our own body."

—Mushim Ikeda, Dharma talk, "Awakening, Engaging, and Embodying Social Justice," March 12, 2016


This is a video of Mushim Patricia Ikeda delivering her keynote address to the 2015 Starr King Symposium: Remembering Our Wholeness. The honored guest teacher discusses the ways in which her tradition of Mahayana Buddhism helps her connect to her wholeness and how we can connect with and live in our wholeness.


Creating Inclusive and Welcoming Buddhist Sanghas in the U.S.," talk by Mushim Patricia Ikeda at the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) Pacific Seminar for the 21st Century in Berkeley, California on July 4, 2015. Best practices and learnings from our work at East Bay Meditation Center in downtown Oakland. Working toward spiritual communities that invite everyone to come through our doors without having to leave parts of how people self-identify and their varied experiences outside in order to "fit in" to the community. Cultivating warm curiosity and the willingness to be comfortable with discomfort are keys to discovering just how richly diverse, innovative, energetic and loving our communities can become through practicing cultural humility and inclusivity. Imagine! Act with bold compassion! Create!


I was invited to be part of a group of Catholic and Buddhist leaders to engage in a interreligious dialogue about social change.  


A clip from an extended interview with Mushim Patricia Ikeda of the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California. Mushim discusses growing pains within Zen Buddhism here in North America.


What does the future of socially engaged Buddhism look like? 


Video of the dharma talk from the People of Color Mindfulness Retreat.  Recorded at the Sweetwater Zen Center in San Diego, CA.


Video of the guided meditation from the People of Color Mindfulness Retreat.  Recorded at the Sweetwater Zen Center in San Diego, CA.


Video from the public talk of Mindfulness, Self-Care + Social Change.  Recorded at the Malcolm X Library in San Diego, CA.