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The Tapestry of Community - Weaving Diverse Threads into Enlightened Society
with Emily Bower
April 25 / 7:00 PM - April 25 / 9:00 PM
Does it seem, in our world today, that we are more and more exposed to people with very diverse backgrounds, beliefs and ways of life, but we are having a harder and harder time making contact? It may be because our lives are so hectic that we don’t have time to really get to know and understand others, or it may be because our culture values individual achievement over consensus building and cooperation. In this public talk, senior Shambhala teacher Emily Bower will explore how meditation practice helps us to identify our common human core of basic goodness, which then becomes the basis for truly acknowledging, understanding and appreciating our differences. From this starting point, we can begin to envision and then create a society that not only includes but also benefits from the contributions of all its members.
About Acharya Emily Bower
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.