Event: Dharma Gathering: Deadly Force – Men, Power, Shame, & Insecurity

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Shambhala Online Weekly Dharma Gathering

“Deadly Force: Men, Power, Shame, & Insecurity”

with Roland Bryan Mendiola

Hosted by Ashley Dinges

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

On April 10, we are grateful to have Roland Bryan Mendiola present a talk titled “Deadly Force – Men, Power, Shame, & Insecurity.” Why are men so disproportionately attached to power, and so apt to abuse it? This offering will explore three aspects of male identity: toxic, hegemonic forms of masculinity; the cost of this masculinity to individuals and society (regardless of gender or sexuality); and the role of spirituality, meditation, group process, and trauma work in healing this deadly societal force. Roland will speak from personal experience as well as his roles as an individual and group therapist, a licensed clinical psychologist, a father and family partner, and an emergent social/racial activist.

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

Roland Bryan Mendiola Roland Bryan Mendiola has been a practicing Buddhist since 2007, a student of Vipassana, Insight, and Chinese Zen before immersing in the Shambhala Boston community in 2009. He has held positions on his local Board of Trustees, the International Diversity Working Group, and the People of Color Council, and he began his teacher training in Shambhala in 2013 (currently Roland has stepped back from formal teaching positions while the Sangha is grappling with harm from sexual and power abuse by leadership). Currently Roland works as a clinical psychologist in counseling services at Bowdoin College, lives with his son and partner, and co-leads a meditation group for people of color in Portland, ME.

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