Wednesday Dharma Night January Speakers
with Acharya Alan Schwartz, Michael Ratner, Robert Pressnall, Shastri Sandra Ladley
A great introduction to the Shambhala Buddhist teachings, and an opportunity to connect with other meditation practitioners in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Featuring meditation practice, meditation instruction, a talk by one of our senior teachers and discussion. We also offer an assortment of delicious snacks and tea before each session.
The current series of dharma talks focuses on the concept of Warriorship, or human bravery, and the Shambhala path of bringing the sanity and peace we encounter on the meditation cushion out into our everyday lives.
6:30 Doors open
7:00 Sitting meditation practice / Meditation instruction
7:40 Dharma talk and discussion
9:00 Community gathering
Join us for this wonderful opportunity to practice with others in a warm, supportive environment. And bring your friends!
There is no cost to attend this program but we appreciate a suggested donation of $5 to $10 to cover our costs.
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January Speakers for Enlightened Society Talks
January 8, Economy
With Acharya Alan Schwartz
A discussion of the chapter "Economy" from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's newest book, The Shambhala Principle.
Acharya Alan Schwartz became a student of Shambhala in 1970, when Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche first arrived and began to teach in North America. In 2010 he was appointed a Shastri, and appointed an Acharya in 2012. In 1989 Alan married Kerry Golemon Schwartz. They have raised two children, and continue to teach actively in the Bay Area under the guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Alan is particularly inspired by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's vision for social transformation, and in particular the application of profound Shambhala Buddhist teachings in areas of worldly impact, such as working with the energy of business and wealth, and transforming materialism to activity which benefits society.
January 15, Open Heart of Reality
With Michael Ratener
Often we feel trapped in situations - little irritations that we know will pass, major binds that seem to have no solutions. At times life seems flat and unrewarding. On our path, we learn that in all such moments, richness is available: it's not a fantasy of what could happen after years of meditating. In this talk, we'll be mixing some learning with, hopefully, some taste of that experience.
Mike Ratener has been a student on the Shambhala path for about 35 years. He's a psychiatrist, and started practicing and studying at our San Francisco Center the first week he began his psychiatry training. He said that what matters in his work more than anything else is that his patients come away from treatment experiencing the respect and friendliness for themselves that he learned from the Shambhala teachings.
January 22, The New Human Mandate
With Bob Pressnall
"Our... conviction in human worthiness (is) the force that will change the future of our planet." Human worthiness, or goodness, is the Shambhala mandate that individuals, groups and societies can test, understand and manifest. We will begin an inquiry at San Francisco's Dharma Night with the question: Is it actually possible for us to "seize the moment" and affect the course of the past, present, and future as "earth protectors" or "bodhisattva warriors" at this difficult time in world history?
Bob Pressnall has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa and the Sakyong for over 35 years. He he and his wife, Charlene Leung, have two grown sons active in Shambhala.He recently retired as the Northern California Shambhala Head of Education.
January 29, Cheer Yourself Up
With Shastri Sandra Ladley
A discussion of the chapter "Cheer Yourself Up" from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's newest book, The Shambhala Principle.
Sandra, a long-time practitioner and highly qualified teacher of Shambhala dharma, has been serving as Berkeley Shambhala's Director of Practice and Education. Shastri Sandra Ladley brings her decades of experience in business, technology, health, psychotherapy, and the creative arts to her meditation-based and psycho-educational classes, which include the upcoming The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I in San Francisco Feb 7-9.