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Bodhisattva Saturday Mornings

Practical educational and civic transformation.

Civic Leadership Practice

Every Saturday, 9 – 10:30 a.m. by the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

  • We start with a theme or quote that we email earlier in the week.
  • Walk or jog solo around the Reflecting Pool and consider it (or whatever is on your mind). (Learn more on the value of exercise here.)
  • Quick check-in and introductions and an occasional group icebreaker.
  • Pair up with a conversation partner — preferably someone you haven’t talked to before. Get to know each other and discuss your reflections from your solitary walk/run.
  • Meditation, reflection, or prayer — whichever you prefer. (Learn more about the value of solitude here.)
  • OPTIONAL (Pre-COVID): Join us afterwards for Civic Canvassing at local farmers markets.
Group meditation/prayer under the trees to keep cool.

Feel a sense of responsibility to make a better world? We need leaders who can act with courage, wisdom, kindness, vision and integrity. Join us and let’s work together to become “the change we wish to see in the world.”

The Lincoln Memorial, Plaza, and Reflecting Pool

So what’s a “bodhisattva”? Buddhists would (loosely) define it as a person committed to developing the wisdom and compassion they need to act for the benefit of all. Psychologists might define it as a self-actualized servant leader who works to put ego aside and act with self-awareness, courage, and kindness. It’s a hard concept to tightly define but I hope you get the gist!

Bringing the concept back to the present moment, Martin Luther King captured the spirit of what we seek to accomplish:

We must learn to live [and work] together as brothers [and sisters] or perish together as fools.

It’s going to take more than change in our political leaders and policies to fix what’s broken in the U.S. We need a change in our civic culture, and that starts with real leadership — even if starts with only a small number of people. 

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