Wednesday Dharma Night April Speakers

with Shastri Sandra Ladley, Marc Matheson, Acharya Melissa Moore, Manuel Medeiros

April 2nd—April 30th (2014)

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    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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    April Speakers for Enlightened Society Talks

    April 2
    Discovering Elegance: Film and Discussion

    With Shastri Sandra Ladley 

    The question is: How are we going to organize our life so that we can afford to produce beautiful things, not at the expense of the suffering of others?
    —Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

    Join us for an open evening as we explore mindfulness, perception, and beauty by looking at Discovering Elegance, a 16 mm film of Chögyam Trungpa and his students demonstrating the art of oriental design, as they prepare an environmental art exhibit held at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art in 1981.

    We will begin with meditation, followed by the film and discussion.

    Shastri Sandra Ladley is a long-time practitioner and Shambhala teacher. She currently leads creative and psycho-educational groups on topics including Radical Acceptance and Art in Everyday Life, including the upcoming Introduction to Contemplative Psychology May 17-18 at the Berkeley Shambhala Center. Sandra has worked as a counselor, manager and teacher in business, technology, health and creative arts settings. She studied at Bard College and received her BA in Painting from San Francisco State University and her MA in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University. She is part of the team that is bringing the Karuna Training contemplative psychology program from Europe to Northern California. She lives near Berkeley in Albany, CA.

    April 9
    Discovering and Maintaining Your Practice

    With Marc Matheson 

    Intimately familiar with the shifts of human behavior and well-being, and the potential for transformationMarc Matheson began meditating in 1974. He has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1992. Marc lives on rural Point Reyes, Marin County, where he creates and hosts radio programs, writes for a local newspaper, and is engaged as a community activist and a volunteer with Point Reyes National Seashore. He is a recent graduate of the "Search Inside Yourself" program in mindfulness and emotional intelligence training, created at Google. 

    April 16
    Many Facets of a Single Jewel: A Tribute to Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche 

    With Acharya Melissa Moore, Kerry Schwartz, and John Osajima

    This evening is a tribute to Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of Shambhala, in commemoration of his parinirvana.  Throughout his life, Trungpa Rinpoche sought to bring the teachings he had received in his native land Tibet to the largest possible audience.

    Three of Trungpa Rinpoche's students will come together to share stories and talk about his teachings, his life, and his legacy. 

    April 23
    Human Rights of Goodness 

    With Shastri Manuel Medeiros 

    A discussion of the chapter Human Rights of Goodness from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's newest book, The Shambhala Principle.

    Shastri Manuel Medeiros became a student of the Druk Sakyong in 1980. In 1981 his wife Patricia and he became founding members of what is now the Davis Shambhala Center. He served as Chair of the Northern California Shambhala Board of Directors from 2007 to 2013, when he was appointed Shastri. He recently retired from the California Attorney General's office, where he held the position of Solicitor General since 2002. His wife Patricia is the Regional Representative of the Shambhala Office of Culture & Decorum. They have two adult daughters living in Southern California and expect to become grandparents in June, 2013.

    April 30
    Simple Meditation

    Because of all the excitement around the Sakyong's visit, and also the Ziji Collective International Leadership Summit opening at 7 PM this same evening, Wednesday Dharma night will take on the new form of simple meditation practice.

    We will gather in the upstairs shrine room from 7 to 8:30 for sitting meditation practice. 






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