543. Cynthia Jurs

Cynthia Jurs is a Tibetan Buddhist lama and a Dharmacharya in the Order of Interbeing of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh whose source of refuge and spiritual inspiration is Mother Earth; Gaia. In 1990, she made a life-changing pilgrimage to meet the hermit and meditation master, Kushok Mangden Charok Rinpoche, a 106-year-old lama living in a remote cave in Nepal from whom she received the practice of the Earth Treasure Vases when she asked him, “What can we do to bring healing and protection to the Earth?”

For thirty years, Cynthia has been building a global community committed to planetary healing and collective awakening in partnership with elders and activists around the world. Cynthia teaches an innovative blend of engaged Buddhism and sacred activism through the Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Project, the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the international Gaia Mandala Community. Through her nonprofit, Alliance for the Earth, Cynthia has worked with former combatants and the women who stopped a war in Liberia, West Africa, to build peace, teaching mindfulness and co-founding the Peace Hut Alliance for Conflict Transformation. Cynthia’s book, Summoned by the Earth, is forthcoming.

  • New website – GaiaMandala.netthe home for our global healing community with many practices, calls, courses and more ways to get involved in our work of global healing and collective awakening.
  • Old Website: EarthTreasureVase.org
  • Join the monthly Full Moon Earth Treasure Vase Global Healing Meditation here. This is a free call via Zoom. A recording is automatically sent out to registered participants.
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Transcript of this interview.

Interview recorded March 28, 2020

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to Buddha at the Gas Pump
  • 00:04:45 – The Wisdom and Suffering of the Virus
  • 00:09:00 – The Trim Tab Effect on Climate Change
  • 00:12:38 – The Wisdom of the Dogon Elder
  • 00:16:53 – Meeting the 106-year-old Lama
  • 00:20:07 – Healing and Protection for the Earth
  • 00:24:50 – The Power of Earth Treasure Vases
  • 00:28:49 – The Power of Offering and Alchemy
  • 00:33:32 – Becoming a Vessel for Healing and Protection
  • 00:37:34 – Getting Out of Our Own Way
  • 00:41:11 – Women’s Peace Movement in Liberia
  • 00:45:30 – The Ceremony and Burial
  • 00:49:24 – From Soldier to Peace Builder in Liberia
  • 00:53:10 – The Urgency of Addressing the Crisis in Congo
  • 00:57:39 – A Symbolic Wedding: The Burial Ceremony
  • 01:01:39 – The Power of Clay Pots and Tree Planting
  • 01:04:57 – Distributing Treasure Vases to Sacred Places
  • 01:09:31 – The Balance Between Masculine and Feminine Energies
  • 01:14:24 – Healing Cultural Disruption and Oppression
  • 01:19:44 – The Liberating Power of Reframing the Story of the Buddha
  • 01:24:14 – A Blessing From the Wise Woman in the Cave
  • 01:27:46 – The Earth as my Greatest Teacher
  • 01:31:25 – Awakening to a New Evolutionary Turn
  • 01:35:58 – Making Offerings and Establishing Relationships
  • 01:41:21 – The Importance of Balance and Service
  • 01:45:16 – The Practice of Service
  • 01:48:21 – The Possibility of Something Different
  • 01:52:06 – Stewarding the Vases
  • 01:55:32 – Full Moon Meditation Announcement and Gaia Calling Course Information
  • 01:58:19 – Closing Remarks and Contact Information
  • 02:00:27 – Music Segment