Program Details

Eyes Wide Open: Christian and Buddhist Approaches to Mindfulness and Prayer

with Mary Campbell & Patricia Ullman & John Odenthal & Russell Daye
April 25 / 7:00 PM - May 16 / 8:30 PM

Eyes Wide Open: Christian and Buddhist Approaches to Mindfulness and Prayer

Meeting in the Diversity of Spiritual Practice

Saint Andrew's United Church and the Halifax Shambhala Centre are delighted to host a collaborative four-part series.  All are warmly invited regardless of spiritual background.  This series is four facilitated conversations, hosted by both communities, and focused on practice -  Buddhist mindfulness and Christian prayer.

The sessions alternate between the two locations. The first will introduce and discuss mindfulness and how to deepen this practice. To mix things up a little, this first session takes place at St. Andrews.  It will be facilitated by Shastri Mary Campbell.  The second (at HSC) will introduce prayer and contemplation as practiced in the United Church, and led by Rev. Russell Daye of the St. Andrews church.  


Please join us for any one or all of these unique, eye opening conversations and practice sessions.


Light refreshments. Donations are welcome.


All four sessions are:


Fridays 7:00 - 8:30 pm


April 25:  St. Andrews United Church, Presenter Shastri Mary Campbell

May 2  :  Halifax Shambhala Centre, Rev. Russ Daye

May 9  :  St. Andrews United Church, Patricia Ullman Hayward & John Odenthal

May 16:  Halifax Shambhala Centre, Susan Chisholm


Presenter Bios:


Shastri Mary Campbell, a senior teacher within the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition and a mental health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Mary has extensive experience teaching mindfulness within in a health care context, to people experiencing illness, family members and health care providers.

Rev. Russ Daye has been a United Church minister for 20 years. He has served churches in Quebec and outport Newfoundland and was overseas personnel in Fiji, where he worked on a national reconciliation program. In 2002 Russ received a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion from Concordia University for his research on South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He has taught at theological colleges in Montreal, Halifax, and Fiji. One of his passions is reconciliation with aboriginal peoples. Another is time in nature - hiking, paddling, or camping in the mountains or desert. Much of his fun these days happens with his sons, Sam and Will, who are aspiring soccer players and accomplished mischief makers.

Patricia Ullman Hayward has been a senior teacher and meditation instructor in Shambhala for many years. From 2000 to 2005 she was the Director of Practice and Education at Dechen Choling, a residental retreat center, in France, and from 2005-2012 she was the Executive Director of Dorje Denma Ling, a residential retreat center, in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. In the 1990s, Pat was the Resident Director of Shambhala Training in Washington, DC, and was a founding member of that center in the mid-1970s. Pat is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School in Halifax and was a practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society in the 1980s. She has two grown children and currently lives in Halifax, and is the Executive Director of the Resource Opportunities Centre Community Development Association for HRM District 11.

Susan Chisholm is a Teacher and Lay Leader for the United Church of Canada. 
Susan has given leadership to United Church congregations for over 20 years, with special interest in faith formation and spiritual practice.  She currently studies at the Atlantic School of Theology, and serves Saint Andrew's United Church.


John Odenthal is currently Senior Economic Advisor in the Nova Scotia Environment Department,  and part-time instructor at Saint Mary's and Dalhousie Universities.  A senior member of the Shambhala Buddhist community, he is an authorized meditation instructor and teacher.  He devotes much of his time to volunteer work and being an engaged parent of a teenager, who also likes to meditate ("..sometimes!").
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