Ethan Nichtern shares a conversation with Caverly Morgan about bringing mindfulness and meditation practices into the education system.
Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, nonprofit leader, and visionary, blending the original spirit of Zen with a modern nondual approach. She is the Founder and Guiding Teacher of Peace in Schools, a nonprofit which created the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools, and Presence Collective, a community dedicated to igniting personal transformation and collective awakening. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery.
Caverly leads meditation retreats, workshops, and online classes internationally. She has been a visiting teacher at Open Circle, Dharma Rain Zen Center, the Science and Nonduality Conference, Insight Meditation of Seattle and Charlottesville, Against the Stream in San Francisco, MNDFL, Heart of Wisdom Zen Temple, and the New York Zen Center of Contemplative Care. You can find her upcoming events at caverlymorgan.
Accepting the Challenge
Caverly shares her introduction to the Dharma and her evolving commitment to her practice. She discusses her time in a Buddhist monastery and the difficulty of returning to ‘ordinary’ life.
“For me, leaving (the monastery) was incredibly difficult. There was a lot I had to practice with, around how to reconcile this transition in my life.” – Caverly Morgan
For the Benefit of All Beings (13:50)
Ethan speaks with Caverly about her transition from student to teacher. She discusses the creation of Peace in Schools, a program that facilitates the teaching of mindfulness practices in schools.
“What does this deep dedication to presence, truth, and awakening look like in all circumstances? In all places, with all people? What is truth, what is unchanging about truth?” – Caverly Morgan
Peace in Schools (23:20)
Caverly and Ethan discuss the growing trend of introducing secular mindfulness practices into classrooms. Caverly discusses the obstacles she has faced in bringing these programs into schools.