Monday Night Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

February 26th—December 31st

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    Community Gathering: Conversations for Good

    A community event for both the Boulder Shambhala Center community and new-comers (please invite your friends!), each week features a Shambhala teacher leading discussion on contemporary topics of concern and inspiration. Meditation practice (and instruction) and a fun community reception will bookend the evening.

    Come engage, practice and mingle–a perfect way to start your week! Join us Mondays from 7-9pm for this free, drop-in program.


    Special MNCG Series:
    5 Acharyas + 1 book!
    The Lost Art of Good Conversation
    by Sakyong Mipham

    Over five Monday Night gatherings, we will explore 5 sections of the Sakyong's newly published book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation. No advance reading required!

    Here's the line up of Acharya's that will lead each week's gathering:
         3/5   Acharya Susan Skjei
         3/12 Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
         3/19 Acharya Holly Gayley
         3/26 Acharya Dan Hessey
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    Monday, February 26
    7-9pm, Free
    Conversation: Opening The Heart of Humanity
    Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

    Description:
    So often in contemporary culture, we believe ourselves to be isolated individuals, pursuing our life goals alone and estranged from others. Sakyong Mipham has shown that the key to our humanity lies in simple and profound conversation that opens us to a larger world, kindles empathy, and enlivens our personal inspiration. This evening interactive event seeds the ordinary magic of human connection through conversation.

    Teacher's Bio:
    Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s, she became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, and was empowered as an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2000. Her teaching specialties are meditation practice, Shambhala teachings, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education. Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001), explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men. She has also edited Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY 2011). She had her husband, Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

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    Monday, March 5
    7-9pm, Free

    Good Listening Starts with “Being”

    Acharya Susan Skjei 

    Description
    When we begin a conversation we often focus on what we want to to say or what questions we have for the other person.  Shifting our attention from the content of the conversation to how we are “being” with another person opens up new possibilities for genuine connection and deeper listening.  Discover and cultivate the gift of “being” in your conversations with others.

    Teacher's Bio
    Acharya Susan Skjei is an educator, executive coach and consultant specializing in leadership and transformative change. Formerly a Vice President of Learning and Development for a large technology company, she currently directs the Authentic Leadership program at Naropa University and consults internationally through her company Sane Systems. Susan is skilled at fostering inclusive and empowering learning experiences.

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    3/12 Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

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    3/19 Acharya Holly Gayley

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    Monday, March 26
    7-9pm, Free
    The Ultimate Conversation
    Acharya Daniel Hessey

    Description:
    Conversation can lead us to sharing what is beyond words. Good conversation is a doorway to genuine kindness, caring and intimacy. Please join us for an exploration of the depth of communication with simple conversation.

    Teacher's Bio:
    Acharya Daniel Hessey discovered the dharma in 1973 through Trungpa Rinpoche’s book Meditation in Action and moved to Tail of the Tiger (now Karmê Chöling) the following year. He has lived in Shambhala communities — Karmê Chöling, Shambhala Mountain Center, and Marpa House -­- for the majority of his adult life. He served as co-director of what is now Shambhala Mountain Center from 1985 to 1992, and served on its Board of Directors for five years. He has taught the Shambhala dharma extensively in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Before becoming an acharya, he served for two years as shastri for Shambhala Mountain Center and Fort Collins.

    Dan is on the founding board of The Beanstalk Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting grassroots social entrepreneurs based in Denver, Colorado. Over the last fifteen years he has translated the Yijing (I Ching) from the Chinese into English under the direction of Eva Wong. He has retired from his career as a mortgage banker in Boulder Colorado, and now serves as the resident Acharya at Shambhala Mountain Center. He is the proud father of his daughter Amanda, who is now in college.