Welcome Back Open House, Saturday

December 11th

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    Room: Main Meditation Hall

    We're open and ready to welcome you back to the Boston Shambhala Center! Come see what's happening! Join us in-person on Saturday, and virtually on Sunday, for talks, workshops, practices and socializing. Events are 45-50 minutes. Come for some or come for all. Vaccination and masks required.

    Schedule for Saturday, December 11:

    9:30 am Doors open, coffee, conversation, tours of the building, 

    10 - 10:50 - Trusting Basic Goodness - Mary Lang
    How the simple sanity of meditation practice can open our hearts to inherent wakefulness, which is healthy and good.

    11 - 11:50 - Collective Liberation and Enlightened Society: Centering antiracism, inclusion and justice on a spiritual path - Judy Vreeland, Dan Johnson, Travis DeTour, Dylan Khanal. 
    Join us in conversation about our center’s ongoing anti-racism work, in partnership with other Shambhala centers, to acknowledge and address systemic oppression in our community and in our society.

    12 - 1 - BYO brown bag lunch, chance for socializing, follow up conversations in small groups   

    1 - 1:50 - Hospice Behind Prison Walls - Nealy Zimmermann
    Prison hospice is a program that trains inmates to take care of their fellow inmates at the end of life.  The program is transformative for the caregivers as well as the patients, whose ripple effect is a positive influence on other inmates, staff and the families of the caregivers.  A short preview of a future documentary will be shown.

    2 - 2:50 - Social Meditation - Travis DeTour
    Social Meditation is an embodied exploration of bringing meditative awareness into our interactions with others.

    3 - 3:50 - Here I Am - The Dharma of Creativity - Mardi Reed and Trish Nuzzola
    Rousing self-awareness through a simple experience of spontaneous drawing. (materials will be provided, limited to 12 people) 

    4 - 4:50 - Egolessness in Social Context - Dylan Khanal
    An exploration of the foundational Buddhist teaching on egolessness, from the perspective of identity as constructed socially through relations of power. Can this reveal in new ways the intimate relationship between individual and collective liberation in Buddhist practice?

    Throughout the day, we'll have a book sale and family craft table set up in the community room. We'll offer tours of the building and meditation instruction periodically (as requested) throughout the day.

    Schedule for Sunday, December 12th
    Mostly Online
    9-12 - Nyinthun - In Person and Online
    9:30 - 11:30 Learn to Meditate In Person
    afternoon sessions over zoom
    1 - 2:30  Climate CafeⓇ - Sara Demetry, LICSW and Mary Lang
    A facilitated gathering to explore what our changing climate means for us, a safe space for holding whatever feelings we may have, rather than what we’re doing about climate change.
    3-3:50 - Stories of Women in early Buddhism - Holly Gayley, PhD, from the Gender Dynamics course from Shambhala Online, with local facilitators
    Listen to the inspirational stories of early Buddhist nuns, celebrate the Buddha’s unequivocal affirmation of female spiritual potential, and reflect on renunciation in light of the Buddha leaving behind his life of privilege.
    4-4:50 - Compassion Strength Training for Difficult Times -  Charlie Trageser
    Is compassion like a delicate flower that needs the right circumstances or can it be trained to be active even in dark times? Buddhist compassion training is a series of exercises that strengthens our unconditional generosity muscle.  The exercises gradually progress in difficulty, starting with extending compassion towards those whom we already love and ending with compassion even to those who we find difficult. Join us at the compassion gym for an overview and tryout of these practices!
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    Topic: Welcome Back Open House Sunday events
    Time: Dec 12, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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