Program Details

Enlightened Society Lung and Launching of Enlightened Society salons

January 6 / 1:00 PM - January 6 / 4:30 PM

 "An awake society, even when confronting problems, returns  to a natural state of bouyancy because at the end of the day, one trusts basic goodness.  In an asleep society, even after moments of gaiety, one inevitably returns to an insecure, depressed, self-protective state."

--from the Enlightened Society Treatise by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

 Curious about "Enlightened Society"?

Perhaps this phrase or the quote above piques your interest.  Or perhaps you wonder, how could a world that has experienced what we have in recent weeks even consider enlightened society as a possibility.   Perhaps you think enlightened society is an obscure fantasy, and at the same time you are curious about how our individual meditation practices might connect to something larger.  In any case, if you would like to explore these thoughts with the community of Shambhala meditation practitioners, join us on January 6th, 2013, for the first edition of the Enlightened Society World Cafe.

This two part event will occur from 1 to 4:30 PM.  The basis for our world cafe will be the Treatise on Enlightened Society, written by the Sakyong in 2011, which explores the connection between our own view of ourselves, the nature of our relationships with each other and the principles and practices of society as a whole.  

  • From 1:00 to 2:00, members of our community will read the Enlightened Society Treatise out loud.  Following the traditional Tibetan form, hearing the text read out loud ("receiving the lung") opens the door to working further with the material. 

  • From 2:30 to 4:30, we will gather around small tables, cafe style, and converse about questions that the treatise raises – for example, what aspects of the society we live in, here and now in Birmingham, reflect an awake or enlightened orientation, and what aspects reflect an orientation based more on fear or aggression? How might fear and aggression shift?  We will conclude by conversing as a whole group about how we might continue these conversations.  You must have received the lung for the Treatise - either today or in the past - to participate in these cafe conversations.


This event is open to everyone free of charge.  Please reply to if you have any questions.  For more information about the world cafe format, see  


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