Dharma Gathering: Inclusivity as a Path: It’s Not All What You Think

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (19:00 -20:15)
Teacher : Naoko Kojima
Coordinator: Adriana DiFazio
Price per person: $10
Patron Price: $20
Price for Centers: $60
Price for Groups: $40

Shambhala Online Weekly Dharma Gathering

Inclusivity as a Path: It’s Not All What You Think with Naoko Kojima

Hosted by Dr. Shanté Smalls

All are welcome to join these weekly events, which include guided meditation and a talk and discussion with a featured guest teacher.

On May 22, we are grateful to have Naoko Kojima present a talk, "Inclusivity as a Path: It’s Not All What You Think." Naoko is an Inclusivity Warrior, which is a new role in Shambhala responsible for creating a well hosted environment for all and to facilitate learning about dominant group social dynamics during certain programs. During her talk she will share what it means to be an inclusive community and what she has learned and discovered. 

This tradition began at Shambhala New York in the early 1990s as a way to welcome the greater community into the Shambhala center. Today, many Shambhala centers around the world continue to host these events for members and friends of the Shambhala community. We hope that these events will allow us to collectively examine the issues facing our sangha and larger society by spotlighting new and fresh voices across our mandala.

The Shambhala Online Weekly Dharma Gathering series is hosted and curated by Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls. Dr. Smalls is a teacher in the Shambhala lineage and student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. They are assistant professor of Black Culture and Literature, as well as as a performer and performance studies scholar. Dr. Smalls has published work on hip hop, film, queer performance, and a host of other scholarly topics. Connect with Shanté on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Join live or watch later. When you register for a talk, you’ll receive:

  • A link to view the event live

  • Access to view the archived video after the live event concludes

The cost is $10 for the General Public and $20 for Patrons who wish to pay-it-forward. Cost for Centers is $60, and $40 for Groups.

Because we are committed to making these programs accessible to all, there is also a 25% discount option that one can select for each talk (click on the "Request a discount" link below). To request a further discount or scholarship, write to [email protected].

To view the full schedule of Weekly Dharma Gatherings, please click here.


7:00pm ET - Welcome & guided meditation

7:25pm ET - Dharma talk

7:55pm ET - Q&A with teacher

8:10pm ET - Announcements

About the Teacher

Naoko Kojima has been a student in the Shambhala tradition since 2007. She serves Shambhala New York in various capacities ranging from the New York Transition Team, Practice & Education Committee, and Finance Committee. Since 2017, she has been facilitating conversations for the Race, Racism and Racial Inequality group which she finds the most challenging and rewarding work within Shambhala. Naoko was born and raised in Japan.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices are in US Dollars . Request a discount before you register to allow for exchange rates or other discounts.

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