The Mindfulness Allies Project (MAP) originated in my Master of Divinity thesis, and is a model to partner meditation teachers and centers with community organizations serving under-resourced populations, particularly in relation to race and class. For the two pilot years, I taught a summer mindfulness series at a community center serving low-income residents. Classes were free, as was childcare during and dinners afterward. Feedback was highly positive. I have presented on MAP at Oxford University, Harvard Divinity School, and the International Symposium for Contemplative Studies.

 

 

"For me this is the first step to beginning to love myself, something I have been trying for over 50 years."

--Participant of Mindfulness Allies Project class series

 

For more, please see “Mindfulness Equity and Western Buddhism: Reaching People of Low Socioeconomic Status and People of Color,” in the International Journal of Dharma Studies.