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Great Compassion in the Age of Contagion: Online Public Talk w Flint Sparks

Flint Sparks, PhD., former psychologist and an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, will guide us together in global solidarity.

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Great Compassion in the Age of Contagion: Online Public Talk w Flint Sparks

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Apr 22, 2020, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM

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The pandemic has pulled the ground from beneath us but it has also called us together like nothing else. We have the opportunity to participate in the most remarkable act of global solidarity that we may ever witness. We are “on the brink of everything” as Parker Palmer has so powerfully written — medically, environmentally, politically, and culturally. How do our spiritual practices, and especially our blessed communities of spiritual friends, support us and encourage us as we navigate the territory where fear and courage meet? If our various practices have proven to be worthy of our dedicated effort and if our communities are truly a place of respite and renewal, now is the time to commit to them as if our lives depended on them, because they do. Everything is in the balance. Everything counts and everyone matters.

Please join us for this online gathering in which we will reflect on how we might survive and even thrive in the face of such turmoil and terror.

About Flint Sparks:

Flint Sparks, PhD. is a former psychologist and an ordained Zen Buddhist priest. He is the guiding teacher for the Open Door Zen Community in Madison, WI and the Appamada community of Austin, Texas. His engaging and wholehearted presence provides an anchor and a guide for attending to life's challenges and opportunities.

Residing now in Molokai, Hawaii, his teaching and consulting activities bridge the fields of health psychology, the psychology of contemplative practices, and traditional Zen Buddhist practice. Flint was scheduled to be at Threshold in person but we are fortunate to have him offer this teaching from a distance, his 12th annual talk in Madison. We are delighted to have friends worldwide join us for this special evening.

The Open Door Zen Community is presenting an online Integrated Intensive guided by Flint Sparks, PhD, “Welcome Everything. Push Away Nothing”. April 23-April 26. For details visit:

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