One Love Sangha (OLS) was founded in July 2018 by Lissa to fulfill a long-standing wish to have community that centered BIPOC closer to home. OLS is based in the unceded territory of the Lenape people in Northern New Jersey. OLS is facilitated by Lissa and/or guest facilitators. We hope to provide a place of refuge for those who reside both near and far.
ONE LOVE SANGHA’S FOUNDER & CORE FACILITATOR
Lissa (they, them) began practicing meditation and mindful movement guided by the teachings of Buddhism in 2008 and identifies practice as a deep form of love and care. Lissa studies in the Sotō Zen and Theravada Buddhism traditions, is in mentorship for community dharma leadership, and is particularly interested in the intersections of dharma, social justice, and embodied radical care. Lissa is certified to teach mindfulness meditation, yoga, qigong, and interplay (improvisational modalities).
Lissa has over twelve years of experience in nursing and mental health and is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who believes in offering services from a holistic and decolonized perspective. Lissa has completed a number of trauma trainings including a year-long somatic trauma therapy training in Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy (IFOT) that is particularly skillful in caring for complex, intergenerational, and race- and oppression-based trauma.
Lissa shares practices that are inclusive, compassionate, culturally responsive, social justice-oriented, and trauma-sensitive for the wellness and liberation of all beings. Lissa is particularly moved to work with populations less likely to have exposure or access to contemplative practices.
All the ways to connect with Lissa & their offerings are listed here.
JOZEN TAMORI GIBSON
Jozen Tamori Gibson (they, them), a meditation practitioner and guide, began formal meditation practice in 2004 through Sotō Zen while living in Japan joined by a Theravada practice in 2010. Jozen serves on the New York Insight Meditation Center’s Teachers Council. In 2017 they entered into the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) Dharma Teacher Training program. Jozen carries certifications in Mindfulness Facilitation through the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, in 200-Hour Yoga and Wellness with Breathe for Change (RYS), and Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma (IFOT). Jozen lives to provide and nourish contemplative mind-heart-body alignment practices and spaces grounded in health, anti-oppression and interdependent liberation for all beings. Jozen honors the wisdom and compassion of all teachers and art, highlighting their mother, Akimi, and dharma root teacher, Pamela Weiss.
Sara Shapouri is an Iranian-American meditation and mindfulness instructor, artist, musician and lawyer. Sara’s experience with sharing mindfulness and meditation include curriculum development and instruction at Awake Youth Project, a program offering meditation and mentoring to teenagers in Brooklyn, and teaching meditation retreats with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. She has completed teacher training programs with the Interdependence Project in 2016 and with Inward Bound in 2018. She has also trained in conflict mediation with the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, completed the year-long caregiver training program at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care in 2015, and in 2019 finished the Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy in Complex Trauma training. Sara is currently participating in the Dharmapala Training through Sacred Mountain Sangha. While she is retired from the practice of law, Sara remains committed to social justice, particularly issues related to human rights and children’s rights.
Dexter Ciprian is a visual artist and the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. He has been practicing Soto Zen at the Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC) since 2014 and is interested in the dialogue between creativity, spirituality and social justice. He currently is a co-facilitator of the BIPOC sangha at BZC.
“Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat.” — Andre Lorde
DANIELLE SAINT LOUIS
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