Acharya Charlene Leung

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Acharya Charlene Leung has served as Chairperson of the Shambhala International Diversity Working Group since 2009. She was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as a Shastri in 2010 and an Acharya in 2018. She first became a student of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1983. Over the years, Charlene has led Way of Shambhala and parenting as path programs. She facilitates workshops for the UNtraining, a Shambhala inspired organization devoted to healing personal and social oppressions. Her current teaching focus is developing programs that join Shambhala dharma with social justice and inclusion. Professionally she practices Chinese medicine and teaches qi gong in the San Francisco Bay Area. She lives in a Shambhala household with her husband, Robert Pressnall, where they raised their two, now adult sons, Steven and Gabriel Pressnall. Personal Statement: I identify as a Chinese American woman and person of color. I grew up in a family of six children in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1947, my mother, at age 17, left China on a ship to the United States to attend college. She had been awarded a scholarship from Catholic missionaries. My father’s family, peasants from southern China, came to the US shortly before he…


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