NOTE: Registration is open until October 15, although you may begin the course October 1.
Cultivating Dignity — The Bedrock of All Diversity
In this course, which includes 5 live meetings, we aim to create a brave and caring space to explore the often emotionally charged topics that arise when we look closer at socially constructed hierarchies based on gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, class, and physical, mental, or perceptual characteristics.
When we open our hearts and honestly look at the myriad of attitudes and beliefs we’ve unconsciously adopted from the cultures we grew up in, and hold the often uncomfortable feelings in basic goodness, we can begin to be more aware of how we all actually support a social system that advantages some and disadvantages others. With greater awareness, we have a choice to act in more conscious ways that can change the fabric of society. The ground of this exploration is unconditional wakefulness, vast open space that glows with caring warmth. We bring out not only our own human decency but the dignity of others. We will use meditation, experiential exercises, discussion, readings, and videos to “Cultivate Dignity - the Bedrock of all Diversity.”
Live Meetings: Sundays at 10am - 12:15 Noon Pacific / 1pm - 3:15pm Eastern / 2pm - 4:15pm Atlantic
- October 22
- October 29
- November 5
- November 12
- November 19
We ask that each participant make a commitment to participate in ALL 5 classes. Before you register, please check your calendar to be sure you can attend each of the 5 classes.
TBA - Cafe hours will offer opportunities to meet with teachers to discuss course material in small groups.
Reading, video, contemplation, and writing exercises between classes will deepen students' journey during this course. The estimated amount of time you would spend between weekly classes is an hour or less.
About the Teachers
Shastri Charlene Leung, a student of Shambhala since the early 1980’s, serves as the Chairperson of the Diversity Working Group for Shambhala International. In addition to teaching and mentoring in Shambhala, she co-facilitates groups for the UNtraining, an organization devoted to healing personal and social oppressions. She practices Chinese medicine and teaches qi gong in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gale Young, PhD Professor Emeritus, has been Shambhala student since 1990 and now serves as Vice-Chair, Nor-Cal Shambhala Regional Board and member of Diversity Working Group. For 44 years she taught college courses in intercultural communication, co-led projects, co-wrote articles/books, and participated in multi-identified coalitions committed to educational organizations becoming less racist, sexist, homophobic, binary, and more multicultural, diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Her focus is race and difficult dialogues across differences that divide.
- Regular $125
- Patron $150
- Generosity Policy. We want to make this program available to all and will work with you to ensure your participation. Request a discount of 25% or 50% using the link just above the Register Now button. For a further discount or scholarship, please write to [email protected].
Enrollment is limited to 14 participants.