The Lost Art of Good Conversation

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018
Teachers : Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche & Acharya Susan Chapman
Price per person: $99
Patron Price: $150

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In this course, we will learn how to communicate with mindfulness and kindness with ourselves, our loved ones, co-workers, and strangers. We will connect with our own and other’s inherent wisdom, compassion and courage through study of The Lost Art of Good Conversation, interactive exercises, and live discussions led by senior Shambhala teachers and facilitators. We will complete the course feeling more connected to ourselves, and the people we know and meet, knowing how to work with the simple and profound truths outlined in this book and course.

You will be guided by Acharya Susan Chapman’s recorded talks and conversations with friends, as well as interactive exercises, and conversations. The course also includes recorded teachings by the author of this book, and one of Tibet's highest and most respected spiritual leaders, Sakyong Mipham.

Course Overview:

Class One: Why Conversation?

This class explores why we are feeling burnt out, distant from our friends and families, and disconnected from the world. We learn how conversation can heal those rifts and bring us closer, and allow us to feel more connected and alive.

Class 2: Working with Ourselves

The first step towards forging a stronger relationship with our friends, family and fellow citizens is to develop the relationship we have with ourselves.

Class 3: Enriching Our Relationships

Mindful conversation has the power to unlock the potential of our relationships. When we converse from a place of authenticity, we enrich the lives of others.

Class 4:  Rough Patches / How Love Conquers Hatred
Recognizing how difficult emotions arise from lack of love, we can hold steady with an open heart during rough patches.

Class 5: Engaging Our World    
When we are armed with a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom and compassion of others, we can take our first steps towards being helpful to the world as a whole.


About the Teachers

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage and the global network of more than 200 Shambhala Meditation Centers. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, his teachings focus on living a courageous life based on wisdom, kindness and compassion. He also holds the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the author of four books including the bestselling Turning the Mind Into an Ally and Running with the Mind of Meditation. He is a husband, father of three daughters, and avid runner. Through the Sakyong Foundation, he engages in supporting organizations and projects whose activities exemplify the Shambhala vision in Asia and the West. Visit his website at

Acharya Susan Chapman is a close student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and serves as an acharya, or senior teacher, in Shambhala. She is the author of The Five Keys To Mindful Communication and dedicated her career as a family therapist to bringing the teachings of contemplative psychology to our relationships.Currently, her workshops in Europe and USA are focused on interrupting the escalation of hate-speech. Susan is also on the faculty of Karuna Training, a community that joins mindfulness, compassion and contemplative psychology for personal transformation. She lives with her husband, Jerry, in Burnaby, BC.


 About the Book

In a world of iPhones, social media and e-mail, we are all in constant contact.

Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family and friends?

Cutting through all the white noise, chatter, and superficiality our cell phones and social media cause, one of Tibet's highest and most respected spiritual leaders offers simple and practical advice to help us increase our attentions span, become better listeners, and strive to appreciate the people around us.

In this new book from the bestselling author of Running with the Mind of Meditation, the Sakyong uses the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition—meditation and a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings—to help readers to listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, co-workers, strangers, and even ourselves.

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About Our Courses

Shambhala Online courses are designed for those who don’t live near a Shambhala Center, or who need a particular course in order to continue on the path. Each course features a senior Shambhala teacher, an online community of participants, and facilitation by an experienced course leader. Over 6 to 8 weeks, course participants view recorded teachings, then gather in the online learning environment to discuss, contemplate and engage in exercises aimed at deepening their understanding.

When Does the Class Meet?

Most of the course is asynchronous. You may view the recorded talks at your convenience. The recommended schedule is to view one talk each week and complete the associated readings and exercises in the module. The course is open for 8 weeks.

Please note that an important aspect of the course involves meeting with other course participants in small groups for dialogue. The timing of live sessions with Acharya Chapman will be posted in the course.

How Much Time Does it Take?

Most participants spend 1 to 2 hours per week on the course. The talks average 45 minutes in length. Allow yourself time to do the readings, meditation practices and other assignments. It’s a good idea to schedule the time on your calendar as you would for a face-to-face class.

Registration Options

Regular Amount. Individual rate is $99.

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