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In honor of Black History Month, Tricycle is presenting a special video series, “Teachings for Uncertain Times,” featuring 13 teachers of color. This week Viveka from San Francisco Buddhist Center is featured, speaking about activism and the Dharma.
“I remember… tuning into what was happening in Ferguson, Missouri as people were taking to the streets,” Viveka says in her talk. “Something was called from me… it was not appropriate to just be a voyeur.”
Viveka also speaks about self-care practices for activists, such as knowing when to “activate” and respond, and when to take rest periods so our emotions are not constantly “on.”
Watch Viveka’s talk
Related: Watch Vimalasara on Barriers to Entering the Buddhist Path