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Exploring the Intersection of Buddhism and Plant-Based Medicine

Online Program
Dates: Oct 03, 2022 - Oct 31, 2022

Instructor(s): Spring Washam

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Course Description:

Many dharma students are feeling the call to transform, heal, and grow by working with plant-based medicine and we will explore this intersection over the four-week class. From the jungles of Peru to the Himalayan Mountain tops we will explore how these ancient medicines combined with Buddhist wisdom can accelerate insight and our awakening process. We will begin by establishing the role of the Buddha Dharma as the view and the ground upon which our exploration will take place. We will then look at preparing the ground and the body for the kind of accelerated learning and insight made possible with plant spirit medicine. We will then explore bodhicitta and the great compassion made possible when the heart is radically open. We will conclude by returning to the Eightfold Path, and the importance of integrating into our daily lives what is learned in ceremony.

Earth-based consciousness is a part of the great turning to a more life-sustaining society and we have so much to learn by working with the earth and the plants. All are welcome to join this special online course where we will take a deep dive into the powerful world of plant spirit medicine and healing as complementary to the Dharma.

For an Insight Journal interview with Spring Washam on Buddhism, plant spirit medicine, healing, and the Fifth Precept, click here.  

    About the Instructor(s):
  • Spring Washam is a meditation teacher, author, and visionary leader based in Oakland, California. She is the author of The Spirit of Harriet Tubman and A Fierce HeartSpring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based healing practices to diverse communities. She is one of the founders and teachers at the East Bay Meditation Center, Oakland, CA.  She received extensive training from Jack Kornfield, is a member of the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California, and has practiced and studied Buddhist philosophy in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism for over 20 years. She is the founder of Lotus Vine Journeys, an organization that blends indigenous healing practices with Buddhist wisdom.