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Can Meditation Make a Difference in the World?
with Richard John
November 15 / 7:00 PM - November 15 / 9:00 PM
The problems and conflicts facing human society—economic, political, religious, environmental—are vast and daunting. If we wish to be of benefit, we seem to be faced with a classic choice: Do we go inward to follow a deep spiritual or intellectual path, or should we act pragmatically to solve problems and actually help others? The view known as the Shambhala Principle, which is both radical and relevant, is that we can do both—in fact, we must do both. The inner path of realizing our individual wisdom and compassion is ultimately necessary if we are to bring about genuine and lasting change in human society.
Acharya Richard John
An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya, or senior teacher, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Chile. After careers as a designer and a management consultant, he completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.