Shambhala Principle Book Discussion Group
with Margaret Ervin
September 3 / 7:00 PM - September 24 / 9:00 PM
Because the discussion group wil be held at a member's home, the location is not advertised online. If you are interested but do not yet want to register, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you click register below, we will contact you. You are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions. There is no charge. The book we are discussing, The Shambhala Principle by Sakyong Mipham, is available at amazon.com in both print and kindle editions.
September 3: Enlightened Society. At a personal level, what does it mean to approach this text and "enlightened society" through our feeling, being and touching? In this first session we will discuss this question. We will establish a practice for discussing the book, especially the practice of listening and working with levels of listening. We will also establish a practice for contemplation and discussion.
September 10: Feeling. "We can use the Shambhala principle to take charge of our ceremony and bring the world into it." (p.83). How do we show up for the ceremony of life? What do you appreciate most about your current daily ceremony? What would you like to change? Starting from these questions, we will explore the section of the book titled "Feeling".
September 17: Being. "The human mind has the ability to determine the outcome of every day". (p.116). Do you have direct experience of this yourself? How can the power of the human mind shift our global value system? Do you think that is possible? Starting from these questions, we will explore thesection of the book titled, "Being".
September 24: Touching. "Power and wealth do not naturally corrupt humanity. What corrupts humanity is the inability to harness and ride its natural power and wealth." (p. 171). How do you eexperience natural human power and wealth? What does it look like when we ride it? What does it look like when it rides us? Starting from these questions we will explore the section of the book titled. "Touching".