- White River Shambhala Center
- 158 South Main Street, White River Junction, VT, USA
- Feb 20 - Apr 10, 2018 (50 days)
About This Event
Join us for one or all of this eight week series of talks based on the book "The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity's Hidden Treasure" by our teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Descriptions of the talks are listed below. This is a drop in class and everyone is welcome to attend all or as many of the classes as they wish. Each week a different teacher from our center's "Teaching Circle" will give a talk on the chapters with discussion to follow. Please join us to have good conversation and to discover if we can arouse our energy and confidence in order to create a good world that is founded on this principle.
March 27: Meditation and the Experience of Tenderness Investigate this experience of tenderness through the practice of sitting meditation. “Feeling tenderness makes us flexible. We can find it just by raising our eyes and looking out the window if we relax. It is a matter of being fully engaged and taking the time to feel. When our senses become scattered, we feel speedy and disconnected and numb. We become harder, less adaptive and less available. When we ride the moment, our mind and body are effortlessly synchronized, and that synchronicity extends to our environment.” A dharma talk by Shastri Donna Williams based on the book The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher and author.
April 3: Rethinking the Gold Standard
This talk by Ryan Harvey will explore the foundations and culture of economy, wealth, power, and education in contemporary times. We will explore our relationship to these institutions and their influence. By contemplating and rethinking the underlying principles of these institutions can we affect a more virtuous culture founded on our inherent strengths? How could the principle of basic goodness affect change?
About the series:
Rinpoche writes: "The Shambhala Principle offers the notion of basic goodness as a way of addressing the personal and social challenges that we face. Do we, as humans, have confidence in the basic goodness of humanity as well as of society itself? As a Tibetan lama and spiritual teacher, I believe this is our most compelling global issue."
The series will begin on Tuesday, February 20th and run through Tuesday, April 17th; the class will begin at 6:45pm and end at 8:00pm. This is a drop in class and everyone is welcome to attend all or as many of the classes as they wish.
A dharma talk by Jeffrey Slayton, based on Chapters 9, 10, & 11 of The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham.
As human beings we are alive. We are feeling creatures. This vital knowing is our sacred heritage. It is the source of all of our best (and worst) qualities. Technology cannot take its place, no matter how sophisticated. You cannot program wonder, or care, or love. Building a good human society will take manual labor... and that is wonderful.