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Immense Space: A Russian Literature Salon with Rees Sweeney-Taylor and Ainsley Morse

with Rees Sweeney-Taylor
July 28 / 6:30 PM - July 28 / 9:00 PM

The Berkeley Ziji Collective invites you to an evening exploration of the "Wide Russian Soul." Gather for a spread of traditional Russian cuisine followed by readings and conversation on "Sleepy" and "The Student," two stories by Anton Chekhov with vivid relevance to the Shambhala Buddhist path. We'll compare these penetrating forays into the human mind and the nature of society to writings from "The Myth of Freedom" and "The Shambhala Principle."


No prior reading is necessary, but for the inspired litterateur, the stories are available online here:


Rees Sweeney-Taylor studied Russian Literature at the University of North Carolina and is a member at the Berkeley Shambhala Center. His former professor, Ainsley Morse, is a doctoral candidate in Slavic Languages and Literature at Harvard University. Her translations of the Soviet underground poet Vsevolod Nekrasov were recently published as I Live I See.

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