Program Details

Enlightened Society Explores Diversity

with Charlene Leung & Robert Pressnall
March 24 / 2:00 PM - May 19 / 4:30 PM

Enlightened Society is "not an attempt to highlight a culture's positive aspects and ignore the negative. Rather, the totality is illuminated. Thus by definition, an enlightened society has the ability to comprehend the full spectrum of human activity." --Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

In this series we will explore a spectrum of human diversity: race, sexual orientation, class, ability/disability. We offer an environment where people of all backgrounds can explore their personal experience of diversity with others. Through meditation, film and mindful speaking and listening, we cultivate connection and deeper understanding of ourselves and others.

Through meditation we awaken our hearts, thus we cultivate compassion.

Through the medium of film, we experience a specific area of difference. This is a way to explore diversity as it arises in culture and everyday life.

Through a practice of mindful speaking & listening, we can be with what arises. We can hold our minds steady, be in our bodies, and more fully comprehend and appreciate the spectrum of human diversity. May wisdom dawn!

This series will be led by:

Shastri Charlene Leung has been a student of meditation since the early 1980's. She is Chairperson of the Diversity Working Group for Shambhala International. She currently practices Chinese medicine and teaches Wild Goose qi gong in the San Francisco Bay Area. She lives in a Shambhala household with her husband, Bob, and they have two grown sons.

Bob Pressnall recently retired from teaching 8th grade English and U.S. History in a school where twenty-four languages are spoken. He has been a meditation student since the late 1970s and is currently head of education for Northern California Shambhala.

Suggested donation $5 - $20 per meeting.

For more information, contact Faith Miller.

Find registration on the Berkeley program page here.

Go to Shambhala Northern California's website