Program Details

Special Evening Talk: Being a Friend - To Ourselves and Others


with Emily Bower
March 25 / 7:00 PM - March 25 / 9:00 PM

In the Buddhist tradition, love is not just a feeling but a way of being present with ourselves and others. We may feel great love for the people we are close to, but how do we put that love into action so that others are nurtured by it? And what about loving ourselves? How can we express friendship and love toward someone else when we are enveloped in self-criticism and self-doubt? Join us for an evening of conversation and practical advice for feeling and expressing loving kindness—to ourselves and others. Guided meditation will be offered.


Acharya Emily Bower started practicing in the Shambhala community in 1987, in Berkeley, CA. She began studying with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche when he came to teach in Berkeley in 1991. She served as his editor for various projects, including his first book, Turning the Mind into an Ally. She has studied kyudo with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei and is a lifelong member of the Dorje Kasung. In 1991, she joined the staff of Karme Chöling, where she lived for three years, working on publicity and marketing. She has been a professional editor since 1987 and has most recently worked full-time as an acquiring editor for Shambhala Publications in Boston. Now, in addition to traveling and teaching in the Shambhala mandala, she continues to work as a book editor and publishing consultant. She has recently moved to Los Angeles.

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