Building Healthy Communities said Christopher Ramirez, a member its steering committee, will present a program called "Compassion Is Our Best Protection Against Violence: An Evening of Mindfulness."
The program, an effort towards building youth development and preventing violence in Southwest Merced, will feature Sister Jewel, an ordained Buddhist nun, who has edited the recently published “Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children” by Thich Nhat Hanh. She lives at the new European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Waldbroel, Germany, but is in Merced as part of Thich Nhat Hanh's U.S. teaching tour.Ramirez, a resident of Southwest Merced, has been a practitioner of Mindfulness since 2002.
The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center of Merced, at 645 W. Main St. Sessions will include Mindful Eating, Deep Relaxation, Dharma Talk, Community Building Games and Discussion.
Donations will be accepted at the door and other volunteers are needed. Please contact Ramirez for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (209) 228-3017 and leave a message.--Sun-Star staff