Shambhala Online Weekly Dharma Gathering
Sobriety and Meditation
with 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 29, we are grateful to have Dr. Shanté Smalls present a talk, "Sobriety and Meditation." How might the wisdom of sobriety communities and meditation communities aide one another? What can communities that rely on rotating leadership, group agreements, personal transformation, and self-support teach dharma and meditation communities? Conversely, how might traditions rooted in fearlessness, gentleness, doing no harm, and wakefulness assist recovery communities?
This talk will address Shanté's own personal experience as a person in recovery who came to meditation through the recovery community; and how having both has provided them with an unshakable foundation for living life. The talk will also address the importance of “fellowship” in recovery and “sangha” in meditation.
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
Shanté Paradigm Smalls, PhD, is a Teacher and Mentor in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Shanté has been a student of Shambhala since 2006. They are assistant professor of Black Culture and Literature as well as a performer and performance studies scholar. Dr. Smalls, a dog enthusiast, sci fi nerd and yoga practitioner, has published works on hip hop, film, queer performance and been a host of other scholarly topics.