Monday, October 11, 2021 | 6–7pm ET | Free, live-streamed on Zoom
On October 11, 2021, you’re invited to join Tibet House US’ free offering to sit in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In the United States, the day is one opportunity to recognize and remember that Native people are the first inhabitants of the Americas. Across the world, colonization has resulted in the genocide and oppression of many Indigenous peoples.
Tony Pham (Butterfly) will offer a land acknowledgment and guide a 30-minute meditation before facilitating a safer space during which participants are welcome to share expressions of compassion and wishes for the end of suffering. The event will conclude with a dedication of merit that holds an intention to center Indigenous peoples in our hearts.
Tony Pham (Butterfly) (he/they) is a heritage Buddhist, facilitator, and healer that occupies the intersection of queer and BIPOC identities. Tony is certified in Compassion Cultivation Training © (co-created by Thupten Jinpa at Stanford), teaching compassion and meditation at Tibet House US. He is a 2nd generation Vietnamese American whose parents came to the United States as refugees from war. Tony goes by Butterfly in spiritual spaces where they steward practices rooted in compassion, indigeneity, and sacred lineages. He is presently a student of Arinna Weisman (Theravada/Vipassana) and Lama Rod Owens (Vajrayana/Tibetan Buddhism). They are also an alumnus of the East Bay Meditation Center’s PiTA8 trauma informed mindfulness program for social justice activists and graduated from MNDFL’s 300-hour secular meditation instructor program.
Butterfly’s article on, “Why Did Six Asian Women Have to Die in Order to be Seen?” was published by Lion’s Roar at the end of March 2021.
Tony previously received a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research in Viet Nam. He has also completed death doula and non-violent communication training. Butterfly is honored to serve as treasurer on the board of directors of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and as a volunteer group facilitator with the COVID Grief Network. They now reside in Brooklyn (occupied Canarsie/Munsee Lenape land). For more information, please visit tonyopham.com.