If meditation is the skillful means for listening to ourselves and becoming aware of our present experience, conversation is the skillful means for listening to others and activating our web of connections. We live in a time in which divisiveness is seductive and pervasive. Practicing genuine conversation is the first step towards overcoming the pull towards divisiveness so that we can consider how to move forward together, globally and within Shambhala.
As members of the Shambhala Process Team, Janet Bronstein and Fred Meyer are co-leading an initiative to host multiple community-based conversations on important issues facing Shambhala. The insights arising from these conversations will be harvested and shared so that we can all benefit from the engagements that take place. In this session we will practice a genuine and generative conversation so that we can together get a sense of what this initiative will be like and where it could lead.
About the Teachers
Janet Bronstein is a long time Shambhala sangha member and teacher. She was one of the founders of the Birmingham Alabama Shambhala Center in1998, and has served as the Shastri in that community since 2016. She is a member of the Shambhala Process Team and has worked in the areas of data management and analysis and practice and education with the team. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology, and is semi-retired from a career conducting research on health care systems and teaching about ethics in public health.
Frederick Meyer is a lifelong Shambhala practitioner. His first interest in dharma and in the Shambhala teachings was as a participant in Sun Camp, and he has followed the Shambhala path through Rigden Abhisheka.
Frederick is interested in innovation and social entrepreneurship, and has a master's degree in social business from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He has been at various times a volunteer, contractor, consultant, staff member, and project lead for numerous centers and projects in Shambhala throughout the past fifteen years.
Frederick works as a web developer, and lives in New Orleans with his wife Clara, their daughter Anna, and their dog Lucy.
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