Black-Identified Mindfulness Circle: 2023 Year-End Saturday Sessions Black-Identified Mindfulness Circle: 2023 Year-End Saturday Sessions Meditation and Wisdom Circle for Black Practitioners Five Saturdays: October 7 – November 4, 2023 – 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Pacific Time Facilitator: Anne Roise On Zoom This five-session series provides a supportive space for Black practitioners to begin, refresh and strengthen their meditation and daily mindfulness practice. The sessions focus on the intersection of Buddhism and Black collective wisdom as the teachings of the Buddha are explored in the context of our unique experiences and expressions. The framework for the series is the Divine Abodes (lovingkindness, compassion, empathetic joy, equanimity) which cultivate positive mind states. These qualities can be empowering to face social and racial injustices in a manner that reduces harm for all. And they can be a challenge to embrace, given our lived experiences. Let’s learn and talk about them. The group’s time together will include guided meditation, facilitated discussions and opportunities to share and connect with each other. Black-identified practitioners can register here Anne Roise has been a Zen practitioner since 1971 when she left Canada as a teenager to study with her first teacher, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She is lay-ordained in the Soto Zen tradition. Anne completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy program at the Sati Center and is also a trained mindfulness facilitator through the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. She is the Director of Programs and Online Operations at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and serves on the boards of Mindful Schools and the San Francisco Zen Center. Anne has a graduate degree in City Planning from MIT and is a Certified Life Coach.