Conversations that Matter: Caring for Community

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

August 4th (2018)

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    We are very pleased that Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown will lead our next “Conversations that Matter” event this Saturday, August 4th, from 1–3pm.

    Acharya Judith will open the gathering with a brief presentation on the Four Reliances. These ancient Buddhist teachings can be a powerful support during this time of turmoil. They contrast the difference between the teacher and the teachings, their meaning and framing, provisional and definitive understanding, and conceptual and wisdom mind.

    There will be ample time for Q&A and open comments, plus a light reception to follow. 

    Note: Acharya Judith’s talk will be available via Zoom real time and as a recording to be shared later. Please create a free Zoom account in advance. To join the conversation using ZOOM click on this link:

    The Boulder Shambhala Center is offering many ways to support your practice, attend to self-care, and share your wisdom. We invite you to engage in any of the following ways:

    • Community Practice every third Sunday, 9am–noon, with senior teachers leading a variety of meditation and Sadhana practices. Open to all.
    • Kindness Circles: there are four groups forming to meet four times to explore how four aspects of our Shambhala culture can become kinder, more inclusive and more caring. Contact Katy at [email protected] to sign up.
    • White Tara: a new offering beginning Sept. 8th for students who’ve completed Rigden Weekend, ESA, Warrior’s Assembly, SWA and Rigden Abhisheka. This monthly gathering will be based in the gentle practice of White Tara and will provide space for facilitated conversation about the path. More details to follow.
    • Listeners remain available should you wish to talk confidentially with a trained and caring community member about your personal journey. Contact Charley Rosicky, our Health and Well-Being representative, at [email protected] to arrange a call or visit.
    • Claims: In addition to support services soon to be rolled out by An Olive Branch (including advocacy for survivors), claims of sexual assault or misconduct by any teacher or leader in the global Shambhala community can be raised directly to Selina Bath, the lead investigator at Wickwire Holm. She can be reached at (902) 482-7030and [email protected] 
    • Conversations that Matter will continue monthly through the rest of the year. Some will directly engage hot topics like monarchy, hierarchy and mandala principle; patriarchy; samaya and loyalty; and Yeshe Tsogyal and the Mother Lineage.

    While many of us, if not all, are grappling with potent emotions and unanswered questions, many also sense an opportunity. Together may we create a more wholesome Shambhala organization. As one of our staff members recently observed, in every hardship we encounter, if we become softer and kinder as a result, then we are practicing.