Program Details

The Warrior's Journey: A Shambhala Salon

with Eva Wong & Joel Mandel
February 24 / 7:00 PM - February 24 / 9:00 PM

A Shambhalian Perspective on Tolkien’s Middle Earth

The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.
~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Join us as we examine the journey of Hobbits through Middle Earth, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, as an analogy for our journey to wisdom. We will discuss themes common to our own journeys, such as the role of love and friendship, the notion of protectors, mentorship, and the difficulty in knowing what to accept and what to reject. It is best if you can review the story and come with your own insights to share.

This gathering will be a lively discussion among participants. It is offered in the spirit of a Shambhala Salon, developed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. As the Sakyong puts it, “Gathering and conversing is an expression of the inherent goodness of society, based upon respect and value for others. The conversation is not simply getting to the point. Rather, it is the simple enjoyment and appreciation of others.”

The evening and discussions are open to everyone. No pre-requisites apply. Tea and refreshments will be served.

Dr. Eva Wong is the 19th-generation lineage carrier of Xiantianwujimen Taoism (Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School of Taoism) and the lineage carrier of Zhen’s Xuankong Flying Stars Feng Shui and Sanyuan (Three Periods) Feng Shui. She is the author and translator of numerous books on the Taoist arts of health, meditation, and qigong, and Feng Shui.

Joel Mandel is a devoted student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, a long-time member of the Davis Shambhala Meditation Center, and a fervent believer in creating an Enlightened Society right here and right now.

Suggested donation is $5 to $15. To offer assistance with the program please contact Joel Mandel, mukpoman [at] gmail [dot] com. No one will ever be turned away for lack of funds.

Javan Wygal: fullcoat [at] yahoo [dot] com

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