Is Enlightened Society Possible?

with Dr. Shante Smalls

October 5th—October 7th (2018)

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  • $175 Non member
  • $150 Member

Weekend Description:

Is Enlightened Society possible? In this weekend, participants will explore what the Shambhala concept of Enlightened Society might look like and how they may manifest it in a local and sustained manner. Based on the root teachings of Shambhala as taught by Chogyam Trunga Rinpoche--Shambhala's founder--and expanded upon by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche--Shambhala's current leader--this weekend training will ground participants in the concepts of basic goodness of self, other, and society. We explore how to cultivate wakefulness in our daily lives and how that relates to our relationships, work lives, and the wider world. The activities include Shamatha meditation instruction and practice, walking meditation, small group work, and the practice of the Shambhala Sadhana. No prerequisites required, all levels of practice welcome.

Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a Teacher, Mentor, and Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Since age 16, Dr. Smalls has been meditation practitioner and since 2006, a Shambhalian.

Dr. Smalls is an assistant professor of Black Literature & Culture at St. John’s University. They are also a dog enthusiast, sci fi nerd, and yoga practitioner.

Dr. Smalls uses the pronouns: They/Them/Theirs/Thon (That one)