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Block Build Be

with Katie Loncke and Annie Mahon

September 11-13, 2020

Should we continue to practice in our monasteries, or should we leave the meditation halls in order to offer spiritual and practical help to the people who are suffering under the bombs? After careful reflection we decided to do both — to go out and help people and to do so in mindfulness. — Thich Nhat Hanh

What is Block Build Be?

Do you ever feel unsure about how you can be part of the healing of our planet? Do you wonder how to combine your practice of yoga, meditation, or other spiritual practices with social justice in ways that develop genuine solutions to injustice?

The Block Build Be framework is a crucial way to understand where we can be effective and also true to our ethical beliefs by using these three essential qualities for true social and spiritual transformation.

We will learn about each aspect of Block Build Be and have time to brainstorm, practice, and learn the strengths and challenges of each:

  • Block: resisting harm and injustice inside and outside

  • Build: creating and cultivating relationships, communities, and new structures

  • Be: contemplative practices for resilience and liberation, showing up

About the workshop

The Block Build Be framework is offered by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship to support personal, political, and spiritual transformation and change. In this experiential workshop, you will have a supported opportunity to apply this framework to your daily life. You will:

  • Immerse yourself in the Block Build Be framework and approach to social justice

  • Reflect on your own strengths and challenges

  • Practice balancing effort and surrender in contemplative meditation practices

  • Have interactive conversations on a range of spiritual-political topics

  • Create your own diagrams to explore how you want to Block, Build, and Be

  • Sing and laugh and support each other’s growth

About Katie Loncke

Katie Loncke (they / them) has served as a Co-Director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship since 2012, and is honored to serve anti-oppression work with brilliant Buddhists and friends. Katie’s movement education merges many streams — from cybermillennials to old-school Luddites, shop-floor organizers, politicized healers, and more. Katie’s learning and training owe a great and still-accruing debt to multiple, sometimes overlapping communities — including the revolutionary theory and action of sick and disabled, queer and trans feminists of color; Black nationalism and post-nationalism; indigenous protectors of land, life, and culture; as well as working-class socialists, eco-socialists and anarchists inside and outside the U.S. After a secular childhood of arrogant atheism, Katie began practicing Buddhism in 2008 in a Theravada lineage, and currently studies and trains in Rinzai Zen.

About Annie Mahon

Annie Mahon is an author, ordained Buddhist mindfulness teacher and founder of the Circle Yoga Cooperative in Washington, DC. Annie has been writing about mindfulness, parenting, stress and yoga since 2004. Her blog, rawmindfulness.com, led to a book of Annie’s collected essays, Words to be With. Her most recent book, Things I Did When I was Hangry (Parallax Press, September 2015), documents Annie’s search for sanity in her eating disordered family life and reveals how mindfulness helped her go beyond the search for perfection and learn to love the moment as it is. Annie holds certifications in yoga, focusing and massage therapy and dabbles in Nonviolent Communication (NVC). When not visiting her children, teaching, traveling the world with her husband, drinking jasmine tea with honey, writing or walking her dogs, she practices yoga and mindfulness with her community in DC. More about Annie.