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The Infinite Everyday: Zen and Oneness

Broadcast on June 29, 2023
With Mushim Patricia Ikeda
Hosted by Taya Mâ Shere

According to Mushim Patricia Ikeda, the old Zen Buddhist practice description, “chop wood, carry water,” updated, could be “do email, microwave leftovers.” What if we can’t afford to go on meditation retreats or meet with enlightened teachers on mountaintops? Shifting from a search for transcendence to knowledge of the accessibility of immanence, we can trust that we have everything we need to experience and be transformed by the extraordinary within the ordinary through the opening and dropping down into “timeless time.”

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • How to embrace the mysticism of the ordinary
  • The core teachings of Zen Buddhist mysticism
  • An experiential meditative awareness practice
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Mushim Patricia Ikeda

Core Teacher, East Bay Meditation Center; Dr of Sacred Theology, honoris causa

Mushim Patricia Ikeda has become widely known for her down-to-earth, humorous, and penetrating approach to Dharma, secular mindfulness, and social transformation. Mushim is a socially-engaged Buddhist teacher, mindfulness meditation teacher, social justice activist, author, and diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant. She teaches primarily at the East Bay Meditation Center in downtown Oakland, where she also served on the board of directors, known as the Leadership Sangha, for seven years.

Mushim has taught residential meditation retreats nationally for people of color, social justice activists, and women. Her work is based in values of cultural humility, acknowledging the wisdom that is ever-present in individuals and collectives, and the need for expression, empowerment, and co-creative self-determination in marginalized communities. Mushim has been featured in the award-winning documentary film Between the Lines: Asian American Women’s Poetry, and as one of three subjects in the documentary Acting on Faith: Women’s New Religious Activism in America, distributed by the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. 

As a writer, Mushim was the recipient of the first Alice Hayes Fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation, to support a one-month residency for a writer working on social justice and environmental issues. She has been named an expert panelist of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks, an online resource available through the Centre for Global Inclusion. Mushim is also the recipient of the 2014 Gil A. Lopez Peacemaker Award from the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California, which recognized her innovative one-year program, Practice in Transformative Action (PiTA), mindfulness training for social justice activists, at East Bay Meditation Center. In September 2015 she received an honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology (sacrae theologiae) degree from the Starr King School for the Ministry.

Mushim Patricia Ikeda