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Mushim (Patricia) Ikeda is a Buddhist teacher, author, mentor, and community activist. She teaches meditation retreats for people of color, women, and social justice activists nationally. She is a core teacher at East Bay Meditation Center near where she lives in Oakland, California.

On August 15th, East Bay Meditation Center teacher Mushim Ikeda spoke at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center on “Daylighting the Hidden Streams: Why Our Stories Matter.” She began by referring to a recent EBMC People of Color Sangha e-newsletter, which featured this quote from bell hooks: “Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.” Through the practices of cultural humility and the invitation of sacred stories, Buddhist communities can become open, vital conduits for the hidden streams of life experience that flow through and around us. To hear this talk, go to http://www.sfzc.org, click on “Dharma Talks” on the top menu, and look for the 8/15/2012 talk by Mushim.

I Vow to Be Political! Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly magazine in its Spring 2012 issue recently asked three Buddhist teachers, Mushim, David Loy, and Joan Sutherland, how and if political action can be an expression of Buddhist practice.

See Mushim’s new article on diversity in American Buddhism, “Not What I Thought,” in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Winter 2011. http://www.tricycle.com/feature/lifting-corner?page=0%2C1

and the followup interview: “One Size Doesn’t Fit All: An Interview with Patricia Mushim Ikeda” on the Tricycle blogsite.


Mushim’s Dharma teachings are supported by the practice of generous giving (Dana). She lives simply in order to share the practices of Buddhist meditation and mindfulness with others in a fully accessible manner.