In honor of Black History Month, Tricycle is presenting a special video series, “Teachings for Uncertain Times,” featuring 13 teachers of color, here on our blog, Trike Daily, throughout February. The videos are free to watch.

Zen teacher Mushim Patricia Ikeda’s talk references the presidential election and the “sharp increase in already existing fears” among African Americans, undocumented immigrants, Muslims, and people of color communities.

“The question is what is going to change and how will it change,” says Ikeda-Nash, a meditation teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California. “Dharma practitioners have always formed communities and deep spiritual friendships that have helped us to weather the winters of hard times and to bask together in the warmth of good times . . . Now is the time to ask ourselves, ‘what have we been practicing for?’”

Download a transcript of this talk. It has been edited for clarity.

Watch Mushim Patricia Ikeda-Nash’s Dharma Talk, “Real Refuge: Building Inclusive and Welcoming Sanghas

Watch other videos in the “Teachings for Uncertain Times” series

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