Cynthia Jurs

Dr. Elizabeth Debold

Cynthia Jurs received dharma transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and as director of the Open Way Sangha in Santa Fe, New Mexico, teaches a unique path of sacred activism and engaged Buddhism. Also a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, she has studied with many great teachers and has spent much time in retreat. In 1990 she made a life-changing pilgrimage to meet a 106-year-old lama living in a cave in Nepal from whom she received the practice of the Earth Treasure Vases. Now, over thirty Earth Treasure Vases have been distributed in collaboration with indigenous elders, young activists and regular folks in communities around the world and a mandala of global healing for the Earth has been established. Cynthia’s practice of sacred activism has resulted in a unique peacebuilding program in Liberia and taken her on pilgrimages worldwide where she has witnessed miraculous solutions to the worst suffering arise in response to heartfelt prayers. She continues to teach and travel and is at work on a book and documentary film.