Program Details

Enlightened Society Explores Diversity Series: Talks 1 & 2


with Judith Simmer-Brown
December 7 / 3:00 PM - December 15 / 5:30 PM

Join us for two afternoon talks led by Shastri Charlene Leung and Mr. Bob Pressnall for these thought provoking and heart opening opportunities to begin a community-wide contemplation.  This program is about exploring issues around diversity and difference, not about arriving at final conclusions.  From this place of curiosity and caring, we can learn more about our stuck places and increase our capacity to be more inclusive of those we consciously and unconsciously regard as “other.”


We invite you to join us for both talks:


December 7th:


“From Basic Goodness of Self to Basic Goodness of Society: Exploring Diversity"


December 15th:


“Diversity and Privilege”


“Because of the perpetual play of interdependence and impermanence, it is very unlikely that a world as big and unruly as ours will ever be dominated or united by one spiritual tradition.  We must support the unique qualities of various traditions, for that is the fabric of humanity.  Its diversity and intricacy keep us strong, like nature itself. 


- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, The Shambhala Principle


Shastri Charlene Leung, a student of meditation since the early 1980’s, is the Chairperson of the Diversity Working Group for Shambhala International.  Her interest in diversity began as an undergraduate student in Sociology at UC Santa Cruz in the mid 1970’s.  Currently she practice Chinese medicine and teaches Wild Goose Qi Gong in the East Bay.


Mr. Bob Pressnall, a student of meditation since the mid 1970’s, recently retired from teaching 8th grade English & U.S. History in a school where twenty-four languages were spoken.  He is currently the Head of Education for Northern California Shambhala.

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