Program Details

Wednesday Dharma Night March Speakers

with David Evans & Seth Bregman & Alan Schwartz & David Schneider
March 5 / 6:30 PM - March 26 / 9:00 PM

A great introduction to the Shambhala Buddhist teachings, and an opportunity to connect with other meditation practitioners in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Featuring meditation practice, meditation instruction, a talk by one of our senior teachers and discussion. We also offer an assortment of delicious snacks and tea before each session.

The current series of dharma talks focuses on the concept of Warriorship, or human bravery, and the Shambhala path of bringing the sanity and peace we encounter on the meditation cushion out into our everyday lives.

6:30 Doors open 
7:00 Sitting meditation practice / Meditation instruction 
7:40 Dharma talk and discussion
9:00 Community gathering

Join us for this wonderful opportunity to practice with others in a warm, supportive environment. And bring your friends!

There is no cost to attend this program but we appreciate a suggested donation of $5 to $10 to cover our costs. 

Arela: arela [dot] pineda [at] gmail [dot] com

March Speakers for Enlightened Society Talks

March 5
Wisdom 2.0 Highlights and Discussion

With David Evans 

Since 2009, the Wisdom 2.0 conference seeks to explore the intersection between technology and spirituality and mindfulness practices. The conference draws expert speakers from several fields including technology, wisdom traditions, neuroscience, game development, and more. In this evening's talk, David Evans will present highlights from his experience at this year's conference and lead a discussion on the impact and opportunities technology presents to one's practice.

David Evans is a Shambhala meditation instructor and a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He's an engineer and designer in the biotech industry. As such, David is interested in how we create enlightened society in a corporate and technology arena and cultivate awareness in a hyper-connected world.

March 12
Trap of Doubt

With Seth Bregman 

Seth Bregman has been a practitioner in the Shambhala Tradition for over 20 years. He is particularly interested in how conventional ideas about meditation and spirituality can become obstacles to genuine insight, relaxation and happiness. He's grateful for his unexpectedly 'normal' life which includes a lovely wife, a house in the suburbs and an exceptionally good dog named Kiki. Seth has worked in the music, film and technology industries for many years and currently works as a Director of IT for Live Nation.

March 19
Taking Refuge

With Acharya Alan Schwartz 

An ancient Buddhist ceremony that is practiced in virtually all schools, languages and traditions where the Buddha's teachings have taken root, it is the first step taken by anyone wanting to commit themselves to following the path of the Buddha.  It was given to me at age 20 -- Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche was the preceptor.  And that tradition continues at SF Shambahla, as well as Shambala Centers around the world.

So what is Refuge? For a religion that is agnostic on the existence of God, does not proseletyze and recognizes no external savior, what could "taking refuge" possibly mean?  What does one take refuge in? What relevance does taking refuge have in 21st century life?

Acharya Alan Schwartz became a student of Shambhala in 1970, when Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche first arrived and began to teach in North America. Alan is particularly inspired by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's vision for social transformation, and in particular the application of profound Shambhala Buddhist teachings in areas of worldly impact, such as working with the energy of business and wealth, and transforming materialism to activity which benefits society.

March 26
Reading: Crowded by Beauty, Poet & Zen Monk Philip Whalen

With Acharya David Schneider 

In this evening's presentation, David will read from his new book Crowded by Beauty, Poet & Zen Monk Philip Whalen. Philip Whalen (1923-2002) was a key figure in the San Francisco Renaissance and the Beat generation. He was a lineage holder in the line of Suzki-Roshi, and the dharma heir of Richard Baker-Roshi. David’s previous work includes Street Zen: The Life and Work of Issan Dorsey.He has edited (together with Kaz Tanahaski) Essential Zen, and together with Judy Lief The Teacup and the Skullcup, among many other works for the Shambhala community.

Acharya David Schneider started practicing Zen Buddhism in the 1970's under Richard Baker Roshi and was ordained as a head monk at the Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco in 1984. Soon after, Acharya Schneider formally became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche and was appointed to the post of acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 1996.David now works for Vajradhatu Publications Europe; he continues as well to pursue his own writing projects. 

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