Solidarity and Compassion Project



I will be on the panel of speakers tomorrow evening from 7 to 8:30pm for the Solidarity and Compassion Project and will also sing an original sacred song. The content below is copyrighted material directly from the One Dharma Sangha website posting, which is an organization led by Radhule Weininger and Michael Kearney. I am posting here to bring greater attention to this wonderful project. Here are their websites as well:

The following is directly quoted content of what they wrote:

Solidarity and Compassion Project Tuesday, March 6, 2017, from 7 – 8:30 PM Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street, Santa Barbara By Donation

Finding a Peaceful Way of being with Pain

None of us like pain (anything that causes us mental or physical distress or discomfort). In fact, most of us will go to great lengths to avoid pain. But pain is not optional and is just as much part of life as feeling heat or cold. While pain can be destructive, and while it is natural to take our finger out of a flame, the great spiritual traditions teach us that pain can sometimes be a portal to healing. Sufi mystic Rumi writes, “Don’t turn your head. Keep looking at the bandaged place.  That’s where the light enters you.”  And so, it matters HOW we are with our pain.
This is the second of our four meetings dedicated to Joanna Macy’s “Work that Reconnects”. Joanna, now in her late 80’s and living in Berkeley, California, is a Buddhist Scholar and social and environmental activist.  For over 40 years she has been offering programs that encourage and support those who feel the pain of our world, long to do what they can to make a difference but feel intimidated or overwhelmed by the challenge. The spiral of the work that reconnects has four points on it: the theme of last month’s meeting was Gratitude, in this session will be on Honoring Our Pain, which will be followed in the coming months by Seeing with New Eyes, and finally Going Forth.
Our three panelists will be Reverend Scott Classen, Juliet Rohde-Brown, and Michael Kearney. Join our guests and as we explore together creative and transformative ways of being with pain. Radhule Weininger will moderate the evening.


Rev. Scott Claassen, Vicar, and Chaplain of St. Michaels University Church in Isla Vista. Scott’s call to ministry brought him to Yale Divinity School, where he investigated the relationship between religion and ecology. Those studies led to a Carbon Sabbath in which Scott spent one year without flying or driving. During that time, he cycled over 11,500 miles around the country to engage Christian communities in dialogue about climate change.
Juliet Rohde-Brown is a core faculty member and Chair of the Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices program, which is one of the Depth Psychology offerings for post-masters level students at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Michael Kearney is a Palliative Care Physician with over 30 years experience and works with Palliative Care Consultants of Santa Barbara. His new book, “The Nest in The Stream: Lessons From Nature on Being with Pain,” offers a new spiritual model of self-care and resilience.
Radhule Weininger, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, and teacher of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist psychology, is the founder and guiding teacher of the One Dharma Sangha as well as the resident teacher of mindfulness practice at the La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara, California.  She is mentored by Jack Kornfield in her teaching and by Joanna Macy in her interest in Engaged Buddhism. Radhule has a strong interest in the direct experience of the sacred and how this can inspire our service to others. Her book “Heartwork: The Path of Self-compassion“, with a forward by Jack Kornfield published by Shambala Publications.
Michael and Radhule spearheaded the new nonprofit Mindful Heart Projects for the purpose to provide educational programs in mindfulness, compassion and nature connection to enable us to care for ourselves, others and our world by transforming suffering, building resilience and deepening our capacity for serving and training others. Visit the website for information on upcoming events and make your donation.
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Other ongoing offerings of One Dharma Sangha are meditations: 

  • Mondays at 7 PM at St. Michael’s Church In Isla Vista
  • “Solidarity & Compassion Project” at 7 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church
  • All other Tuesdays at 6 PM at the Natural History Museum in the MacVeagh House
  • Thursdays at 6 PM at The Sacred Space, Summerland
  • Once a month there will be once a Sunday Half-Day Retreat at Trinity Episcopal Church

For more information, visit Radhule’s website It contains an Events Calendar where you can find upcoming activities, who will be leading, as well as upcoming One Dharma Sanga gatherings and other useful information.

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