Mindful Living Revolution

PO Box 1132
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Website: deborahedentull.com/mission

Description of Organization:

Mindful Living Revolution (MLR) was founded in 2008 by Deborah Eden Tull, as she transitioned from 7.5 years of Zen Buddhist monasticism in a silent monastery to living and teaching as a lay person in Los Angeles.  When MLR first began, Eden was teaching Zen meditation classes and conducting workshops and retreats on sustainability. Incorporating organic gardening and ecological living drew meditators who wanted to step into more compassionate action in the world as well as drawing activists/community leaders who wanted to bring more meditation/contemplation to their work.  Over the next few years, as her lay life and teaching evolved, Eden recognized two vital pillars of spiritual practice in the modern world. The first is the need for
Relational Mindfulness – in relationship with each other, ourselves, and the planet. The second is a recognition of the need to rebalance the sacred feminine and sacred masculine in our world and in our leadership.  This required acknowledging an extreme imbalance caused by a legacy of patriarchy. In response and to share these teachings in the wider world, a powerful curriculum was developed with a focus on deep feminine-centered leadership (for people of every gender) and regenerative leadership.  Today, MLR offers retreats, workshops, trainings, mentorship, and weekly Sangha to an international community of dharma practitioners.  Their mission is to teach the practice of conscious compassionate awareness within the context of global uncertainty.  MLR invites people to make the shift from the perspective of “I” and separation to “We” and interconnection. 

Grant(s) Awarded

In 2024, a Women in Buddhist grant in the amount of $9,000 was awarded to support the Our Heart of Listening curriculum and other women’s programming developed by Deborah Eden Tull, who teaches dharma intertwined with post-patriarchal thought and practices, and who recognizes the need within Buddhism and in the world at large for cultivating teaching and leadership styles that emphasize feminine leadership and relational forms of knowing. The Heart of Listening offers a curriculum for embodying presence, relational intelligence, deep listening, and regenerative leadership on behalf of collective transformation. It guides practitioners and leaders in a training over a six-month period based on the nine principles of relational mindfulness from Eden’s book and on evidence-based mindfulness practice.

Since its inception at an in-person retreat 10 years ago, the Heart of Listening program has expanded to a six-month online training attended by participants from all over the world, and 75% of participants have been women. Of these participants, the program serves, inspires, and supports female leaders including marriage and family counselors, activists, Buddhist teachers, and community organizers. Attendees have also included leaders from social justice and environmental justice fields, the Environmental Protection Agency, indigenous leaders, mindfulness teachers, Buddhist teachers and monastics, psychotherapists, and concerned citizens. There is also a year-long training, Seeing with the Heart, for those Heart of Listening graduates who want to go deeper in their embodiment.