Discovering Dignity & Resilience in Difficult Times

with Acharya Mitchell Levy

June 21st (2017)

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    Room: Main Shrine Room
    Program Registration is Closed.

    In the Shambhala tradition, the principle of protection is integral to creating the proper container in which the teachings can be presented and flourish. Join us for a discussion with senior teacher Acharya Mitchell Levy on how the Shambhala teachings and practices can be explored as an antidote to the current era marked by polarization and injustice. Can we develop resilience through fearlessness? What does it mean to discover resilience and dignity in our current day?

    This event will happen as part of our regular Wednesday Night Open House series and will include a period of sitting meditation and discussion, followed by a light reception.

    Acharya Dr. Mitchell Levy has been a student of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche since 1971 and is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. In 1978 he was appointed personal physician, Lamen, to Trungpa Rinpoche and served in that capacity until the Vidyadara’s death in 1987. Dr. Levy received Vajrayogini abhisheka in 1979 and Chakramsavara abhisheka in 1985.

    Dr. Levy was for ten years the Executive Director of Amara Association of Health Care Professionals, in Boulder Colorado. He was integral to the development of the Dorje Kasung: holding the rank of Lamen Kyi-Khyap, being a member of the first Council of the Makkyi Rabjam, and personally serving the Vidyadhara on the road for fifteen years. For many years Dr. Levy has taught at Seminaries and has worked extensively with young people. He was instrumental in establishing Sun Camps and responsible for creating both the Rites of Passage for eight-year-olds and the Rites of Warriorship for sixteen-year-olds.

    Dr Levy is married to Lady Diana Mukpo and resides in Providence Rhode Island where he is a specialist in Intensive Care Medicine and a Professor of Medicine at Brown University School of Medicine. His areas of interest and research include end-of-life care, combining professional and spiritual practice, and the central role of form, tradition and devotion. He has traveled widely throughout the world, including Tibet, and was instrumental in establishing the Konchok Foundation.