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  • Live Talk: David Perrin—October 28th, 2020

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    Practicing Impermanence

    Impermanence might seem obvious - everything changes - however we aren’t fully comfortable with it. Sure it’s nice when painful situations pass, but what happens when we lose what we love, cherish, and don’t want to go away? Paying attention to the little moments of imper...

  • FREE—Open Sitting Practice: October 14th, 2020

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    A free session of sitting practice at 7pm ET on Wednesday, October 14th, led by Ashley Dinges. Open to all.

  • Live Talk: Adriana DiFazio—October 21st, 2020

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    The Dharma Behind Resilient & Sustainable Activism

    In the wake of Black Lives Matter, devastating forest fires, and the current Presidential election, there's no shortage of needed activism. What happens though when the grief, pain, and suffering of the world feels frankly like too much to take ...

  • Recorded Talk: Martina Bouey—October 7th, 2020

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    Don't Know Mind

    There is so much that we "just don't know". How can we rest with not knowing when our world - even now in the midst of falling apart - can still demand that we have all the answers? The practice of meditation can help us rest in the unknown spaces and connect to the right no...

  • Recorded Talk: Rashid Hughes (9/16/20)

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    Rest and Be Natural

    During this talk, Rashid will explore what it means to Just Be Natural rather than putting effort into being supernatural or super holy.

    Rashid Hughes is a native of Richmond Virginia. He is a proud graduate of the Howard University Department of Music and the Howard Univer...

  • Recorded Talk: Ashley Dinges (9/23/20)

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    Warriorship Within Chaos

    In the words of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, "The essence of warriorship, or the essence of human bravery, is refusing to give up on anyone or anything." Living in an increasingly unsettling time, isolated in our homes away from community, how can we both take care of ourse...

  • Recorded Talk: Tuyet Cullen (9/30/20)

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    Staying Engaged and Compassionate while Being a Public School Teacher

    Meditation is not meant to exist in a vacuum of comfort. As meditators, we have a responsibility to offer our practice to our communities. However, this does not mean we should martyr ourselves. Our practice connects us to ...

  • Recorded Talk: Lama Justin von Bujdoss (9/9/2020)

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    This talk was recorded on September 9, 2020. Purchase to access the recording.

    "Making Room for the Wrathful Mother"
    with Lama Justin von Bujdoss

    In this talk, Lama Justin introduces Palden Lhamo from the Karma Kagyu Lineage and Tröma Nagmo from the Zhije Lineage. These forms of the wrathful m...

  • FREE Recordings: Guided Compassion Practices

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  • Recorded Talk: JD Doyle (6/24/2020)

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    Each of us is impacted by the conditioning of our lives, our histories, and our cultures. The forces of greed, hatred, and delusion that underlie white supremacy, also live in each of us, although in drastically different ways. I will speak from my position as a white person who is actively atte...

  • Recorded Talk: Dr. G (6/17/2020)

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    As we move to create a just and enlightened society, one that embraces all of us at our intersections, we need to reconnect with the truth of who we are, rest and rejuvenate frequently, to gain clarity and insight. This ...

  • Recorded Talk: Dr. Shanté Smalls (6/3/2020)

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    The Four Reminders, or the four thoughts that turn the mind toward the dharma, assist us in contemplating what is valuable and important in our wakeful journ...

  • Recorded Talk: Lodro Karma Gyendon (6/10/2020)

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    Freedom is a fundamental concept in Buddhist thought. Understanding it can have a profound impact on how we make our spiritual path personal. By defining freedom we consciously limit our experience of it, but by breaking ...

  • Recorded Talk: Karen Brown (5/20/20)

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    Sustaining Resilience: Mindfulness, Pacing and ‘Crazy Wisdom’ for the Long Haul

    When faced with a task that demands tremendous endurance, we draw on deep reservoirs of strength, will, practice and natural resilience to he...

  • Recorded Talk: Dr. Shanté Smalls (5/13/20)

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    Decolonizing Dharma: The Path(s) of Liberation

    What is liberation and what is any of us willing to do to experience it? How do we cultivate mind, body, and emotions to be oriented toward liberation, no matter what form it...

  • Recorded Talk: Devin Berry (5/6/20)

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    Extra Ordinary Everyday Dhamma

    A practical exploration of the simplicity and beauty of everyday dhamma.

    Devin is deeply committed to the personal and collective liberation of marginalized communities; Knowing that through...

  • Recorded Talk: Dr. Shanté Smalls (4/22/20)

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    This talk was recorded on April 22, 2020. Purchase to access the recording.

    How can the Buddhist teaching of impermanence help us to understand, process and cope with the fear and grief that arises as so many changes are happening quickly in our lives?

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  • Recorded Talk: Aarti Tejuja (4/8/20)

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    Accepting Impermanence: How to work with fear and grief in the midst of a rapidly changing world.

    The global pandemic Covid-19 is shifting life as we know it. Loved ones are becoming ill, people are dying, our children a...

  • Recorded Talk: Joy Gutierrez (4/1/20)

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    This talk was recorded on April 1, 2020. Purchase to access the recording.

    Our world and community is in a constant state of flux these days. What do the bodhisattva teachings, which might even include "good boundaries", offer us as individuals and the collective during these times? How does ide...

  • Recording: FREE Talk - Navigating Groundlessness

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    Last Saturday, Karen Brown offered a free talk titled "Navigating Groundlessness" hosted by Dr. Shanté Smalls. The recording is now available to access for free.

    Each day in this crisis we wake up to a new set of condition...

  • March 25th, 2020: Kelsey Blackwell

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    The Buddha said, "within this fathom-long body and mind is found all the teachings." Societally however, we have been trained to value rational thought over feeling, efficiency over inclusion, certainty over the unkn...

  • March 18th, 2020: Anjie Cho

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    Kado translates to the Way of Flowers. Kado ikebana (flower arranging) is a contemplative/meditative art, revealing the relationship between nature, space and human awareness. Human beings are part of nature therefore we reflect and are expressions of the same patterns in our life and death. Hen...

  • FREE Recorded Meditation with Ashley Dinges

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    Stuck at home? Global news got you down? The WDG team hosted a free, livestreamed sitting practice hosted by Ashley Dinges. Simply register below to receive free access to the recording.

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  • February 26th, 2020: Lama Rod Owens

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    The world is having a difficult moment. Each day we learn of a different conflict or crisis, which threatens the lives of so may people. It is easy to live with a lot of fear right now and it is even easier to react out of that fear was well. When we react out of fear we tend to create much more ...

  • February 19th, 2020: Sojourner Zenobia

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    An experiential journey into how the buddha's words at the moment of enlightenment, "The earth is my witness," is a compassionate and powerful call to embodied political, and spiritual action. We will journey through singing together, gentle movement, meditation, writing and discussion to explore...

  • February 12th, 2020: Sebene Selassie

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    What is the role of the erotic in spiritual practice? Has the oppression of the feminine contributed to anti–erotic sentiments in many spiritual traditions? Can the erotic be a source of power? Audre Lorde describes the erotic as "the creative energy empowered.” It is not merely sexual but it is ...

  • February 5th, 2020: Aishah Shahidah Simmons

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    Survivors of child sexual abuse and adult rape, especially women and femmes, are taught that rage is an unhealthy response to the unspeakable forms of violence committed against the child and adult bodies we inhabit in this lifetime. Instead, for the sake of our well-being, we are regularly encou...

  • January 29th, 2020: Ashley Dinges

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    At the heart of the Mayahana Buddhsist teachings is the Six Paramitas - generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditation, and wisdom. When put into practice, these teachings can guide us to work skillfully with others so that we can transform everyday life. It sounds great, but what happen...

  • January 22nd, 2020: Leslie Booker

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    As we begin this new decade, many of us are exploring this moment through the lens of the Greek God Janus, the God of beginnings and transitions.

    We are looking back and taking note of the causes and conditions of the past year that have brought us to the current state of our lives, and making r...

  • January 15th, 2020: Rashid Hughes

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    During this talk, Rashid Hughes, Restorative Justice Specialist and the co-founder of the Heart Refuge Mindfulness Community, will explore how our ordinariness connects us to our innate wisdom and to all beings.

  • January 8th, 2020: Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

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    Decolonizing Dharma: Relating with Ancestors, Kinship, and Lineage

  • December 25th, 2019: Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

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    Dr. Smalls leads us through the practice of Tonglen, a compassion practice. If you find yourself overwhelmed or sad or lonely or in a blind rage, this may be of benefit.

  • December 18th, 2019: Ashley Dinges

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    Guided Loving-Kindness meditation with Weekly Dharma Gathering team member Ashley Dinges.

  • December 11th, 2019: Alex Van Gils

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    Guided Shamatha meditation instruction from Alex Van Gils, member of the Weekly Dharma Gathering team.

  • Introduction to Meditation

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    Adriana DiFazio leads a short Introduction to Meditation Practice in this easy-to-follow guided meditation.

  • November 20th, 2019: Maho Kawachi

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    One Step At A Time

    When the world gets confused, our mind can also easily be swayed away. Political, economic, and environmental storms can make our minds begin to swirl. How do we navigate our lives under this enormous momentum? One step at a time… Let’s contemplate the basic practice we can do...

  • November 13th, 2019: Kaira Jewel Lingo

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    Grow the Good: Applying Wise Diligence to Incline our Minds towards Wellbeing and Resilience

    The Buddha offered 4 ways to practice Wise Diligence, which is one of the aspects of the Eightfold Path. These are: Wake up wholesome mind states when they are not arising in the mind, Keep wholesome min...

  • November 6th, 2019: Caverly Morgan

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    The Absolute is the Relative: Touching Race, Injustice, and Love

    When we engage in the distortion that the relative plane is separate from the absolute – that it is something to transcend or ‘just an illusion’ – we ignore the reality of the illusion. What is the illusion comprised of? How is it ...

  • October 30th, 2019: Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

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    Grounding in the Body

    In this session, we will practice grounding in our physical bodies through very gentle movement and sound. The point of these techniques is to remind us to continually dissolve the body-mind-heart split inherited and enforced in western hegemony. Grounding in the body is a ...

  • Sensei Alex Kakuyo: October 23rd, 2019

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    Using Faith to Combat Spiritual Materialism in Buddhist Sanghas

    Sensei Alex Kakuyo uses the teachings of Shinjin and Harukai to illustrate the dangers of spiritual materialism in Dharma practice. Referencing passages from the Lotus Sutra and the Lankavatara Sutra he discusses the inherent enligh...

  • October 16th, 2019: Karen G. Williams

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    Setting Things in Motion: Cultivating Kind Intentions

    This talk will explore the impact of our motivations and how to practice with intentions. We will dive into what it is to bring kind intentions to our practice, therefore our lives.

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  • October 9th, 2019: Karma Lödrö Gyendon

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    The Past and Future are Present

    Acknowledging the presence of history in one’s immediate experience is the practice of a warrior bodhisattva. As human beings we often try to do whatever we can to ignore the unpleasant reality about our pasts, but this simply creates more suffering in the present...

  • October 2nd, 2019: Adriana DiFazio

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    Dharma as Lifestyle: Expanding Our Path

    How can we integrate our spiritual practice with our lifestyle? The Five Precepts offers ethical guidelines on to how live mindfully, but how do we practically interpret and apply them to our day-to-day? This talk focuses on how contemplating our lifestyle...

  • September 25th, 2019: Justin Miles

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    Realizing Enlightened Black Society

    Justin F. Miles will share his experience of creating and facilitating the Black Power Meditation Group in Baltimore Maryland and discuss the importance of sanghas holding spaces for so called “affinity groups” of all races and ways of being.

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  • September 18th, 2019: Vic Vega

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    Off The Cushion

    The practice on the cushion gives us the building blocks to be able to experience more peace and joy in our everyday. The ultimate purpose of meditation is for it to help us off the cushion, and that's exactly what it naturally does. But on the really challenging days, can our pr...

  • September 11th, 2019: A BIPOC Panel

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    The Importance of Community: Featuring Aarti Tejuja, Joy Gutierrez, Martina Bouey, Dr. Claudelle Glasgow, & Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

    This panel of meditation teachers focusing on issues facing Buddhist, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other communities. How does community, meditation, and connection help u...

  • September 4th, 2019: David Perrin

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    Don’t Drop Me: Story vs Storyline

    Meditators are often advised to “drop the storyline and return to the breath”. The intention in shamatha is to become familiar with our storylines so that we are not captivated, captured, defined or dictated by them. However, dropping the storyline doesn’t mean ...

  • August 28th, 2019: Dr. Hun Lye

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    Between the Four Noble Rumors & Four Noble Truths

    Rather than relating to the Buddha's teachings such as the Four Noble Truths as ultimate, capital-T truths to believe in, or to accept or to brand ourselves, these teachings can only work when we use them the way the Buddha intended - to be devel...

  • August 21st, 2019: Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

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    Am I Bullshittin'?: Relating to Others Authentically

    How do we each engage in spiritual bypassing, spiritual gaslighting, and materialism when we don't acknowledge the reality of our embodiment and how that shapes our relationship to other beings, to ourselves, and our environment? This talk foc...

  • August 14th, 2019: Jasmine Syedullah

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    Feeling Ourselves, De-Centering Whiteness

    You know it’s there, even when you can’t see it, you can still sense it. It promises freedom, but delivers isolation, fear, and competition. When the dream is over, but we can’t wake up, how do we shake the hold of whiteness? Dr. Sy is sitting with her o...

  • August 7th, 2019: Jessica Angima

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    Shame: A Bright Guardian of the World

    The Buddha once taught his 7-year-old son Rahula to examine his actions, as he would his face in a mirror, to make sure that he harmed no one—neither himself nor anyone else. It's easy to judge the actions of others, but what happens when we look in the mirr...

  • July 31st, 2019: Lama Rod Owens

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    The Dharma of Resiliency

    Resiliency is such an important skill to develop right now. Resiliency is about how well we are able to meet the challenges of our lives with a sense of openness and curiosity that helps us to regain our balance. Balance means understanding how to return back to a sense...

  • July 24th, 2019: Aarti Tejuja

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    Reclaiming the Wisdom of the Sacred Feminine

    All of us have both feminine and masculine energies. In modern times, the feminine has been devalued, abused, ridiculed and smothered while masculinity has become glorified. Our society has dictated that one is more valuable than the other, creating a...

  • June 26th, 2019: K.T. Tierney

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    The Two Truths: Identity Politics, Nonduality and Radicalism

    In this week's gathering we will investigate the potency and pitfalls of nondualism. We will look at ways that this teaching can apply to everyday life through multiple lenses, such as gender and race, and consider how this teaching m...

  • June 19th, 2019: Karen Brown

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    Discovering and Respecting Boundaries and Limits in Spiritual Practice

    Boundaries and limits are inherent capacities in living beings. The ability to signal “Yes” or “No” to the world around us is a skill that is central to our physical and psychological safety. The capacity to hold our boundar...

  • June 12th, 2019: Ethan Nichtern

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    Do We Need Gurus in the 21st Century?

    This talk will cover three classic models of teachers (instructor, mentor, and guru) and look into the benefits and downfalls of the tantric model of committing to a guru.We will discuss what might need to evolve for the guru model to survive and thrive in t...

  • June 5th, 2019: Matthew Parkinson

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    Depression and the Great Eastern Sun

    Relating to one’s own state of mind, and to the personal experience of depression, can lead to feeling bad about feeling bad. Can we relate directly to our own sadness and melancholy all the while knowing that we are basically good and primordially free?

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  • May 29th, 2019: Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

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    Sobriety and Meditation

    How might the wisdom of sobriety communities and meditation communities aide one another? What can communities that rely on rotating leadership, group agreements, personal transformation, and self-support teach dharma and meditation communities? Conversely, how might trad...

  • May 15th, 2019: Trinley Busby

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    Minimizing Harm: An Internal and External Exploration

    Harm is defined as: actual or potential ill effect or danger and to have an adverse effect on. Being of both an individual and a social body, we will inherently be the sender and the subject of harm many times in our lives. To deny the risk o...

  • May 8th, 2019: David Perrin

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    I Love You and I Might Not Like You: Metta as Liberatory Practice

    Everyone knows there’s a difference between ‘I love you’ and 'I like you’. It can feel threatening when someone tells us they don’t like us (what we are doing, saying, etc). And it can be powerful when they say ‘I love you’. Eithe...

  • May 1st, 2019: David Kahane

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    Climate Change as Charnel Ground

    In Tibet, dead bodies were traditionally cut up and left on the charnel ground for vultures. Practitioners could meditate there, connecting with a difficult reality and the awakened energy that runs through all of it.

    Our lives are charnel grounds—filled with pa...

  • April 24th, 2019: Brandon Sloan

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    Embodying Sacred Masculinity: Liberatory Movement Practices and Discussion

    "When we feel our bodies we can better explore who we truly are. We are in a time when patriarchy and a certain type of acute toxic masculinity serves to distract us from sensing what is most natural to us - our bodies an...

  • April 10th, 2019: Roland Bryan Mendiola

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    Deadly Force: Men, Power, Shame, & Insecurity

    Why are men so disproportionately attached to power, and so apt to abuse it? This offering will explore three aspects of male identity: toxic, hegemonic forms of masculinity; the cost of this masculinity to individuals and society (regardless of gend...

  • April 3rd, 2019: Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

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    Waking Up Through Humility, Community, Intelligence, and Refusal

    What do the Four Karmas--Pacifying, Enriching, Magnetizing, and Destroying--have to do with how we live our lives, how we interact with others, and how we relate with interlocking systems of oppression? In this talk, Dr. Smalls wil...

  • March 27th, 2019: Gyendon Karma

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    SONAM: Karma, Merit, & Privilege

    How does the Bodhisattva see their own privilege? For this session I hope to open a conversation exploring how systemic privilege impacts our journey into the Dharma. To do this I will draw from my personal study of six paramitas, karma, and merit to unpack misun...

  • March 20th, 2019: Tuyet Cullen

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    Dissolving Cultural Norms of Shame as an Act of Resilience

    Shame and fear are intertwined cultural norms that are used, unconsciously, to keep us from finding our inherent worth. Tuyet will share her experiences opening up to and dissolving shame as a part of her meditation path and how this led...

  • March 13th, 2019: Maho Kawachi

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    After You're Gone

    When Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths, the first truth was, “life has sufferings.” For instance, we all have experienced a loss one way or another— could be a loss of job, loss of an opportunity, loss of trust, or loss of beloved one. When you experience the suffering of los...

  • March 6th, 2019: Alexandra Vlasic

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    The Personal Path of Unraveling Social Conditioning

    We've all been socialized, or conditioned by the culture, people, and institutions around us, so when we sit to meditate, we are not just sitting with our own minds, but also with society and the messages that we have absorbed over our lifetime...

  • February 27th, 2019: Dr. Claudelle Glasgow

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    On Silence: Skillful Means for Modern Times

    This talk will help connect with the seemingly illusive moments of silence in the 2K world. Learn how these spaces prepare the ground for social action and deeper relationships.

    Dr. Claudelle Glasgow has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for o...

  • February 20th, 2019: Aarti Tejuja

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    Stepping Out and Stepping In: The Importance of Meditators Becoming Activists and Activists Becoming Meditators

    Aarti Tejuja is the former Director of the Social Engagement for Shambhala International where she worked with Shambhala Centers globally to help shift the community’s current insular ...