Deep Listening,
Skillful Speech

May 12, 2018 in Boston

Workshop and panel discussion with Sakyong Mipham,
Rev. angel Kyodo williams and hosted by Lodro Rinzler and Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls. Explore how conversation can help us connect in these challenging times.


Tickets on sale Thursday, March 15 at 9am Eastern

About the Event


Could we change the world around us if we took the time to deeply listen? In moments of chaos, speed and aggression, is there a way to tune into our awareness and connect with the people around us? Without conversation, can we ever truly grow and learn as a society?

Listening is the first step in good conversation. By truly listening to others, we let go of our agenda and step out of our comfort zone. We broaden our understanding of social reality and thus our capacity to help. Through listening, we learn to speak with kindness.

But with distraction and noise in our world at an all-time high, how do we know who—and what—to listen to? What keeps us steady in the fray, and loyal to compassion?

In this experiential workshop, we will explore these questions and practice mindful listening from the heart, listening both to ourselves and to others. The event will culminate with a panel featuring special guest speakers. Tickets are available for the workshop or for the panel only.



Tickets are available for the entire day or for the panel only.

  • 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Daylong workshop with Sakyong Mipham and Rev. angel Kyodo williams, hosted by Lodro Rinzler and Dr. Shanté Smalls.
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00pm: Panel discussion with Sakyong Mipham, Rev. angel Kyodo williams and other special guests to be announced.



Tickets on sale Thursday, March 15 at 9am Eastern.

Check back here to purchase tickets!





A bestselling author, runner, husband, and father, the Sakyong is the global leader of Shambhala, guiding thousands of students worldwide on the path of meditation. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, his teachings focus on living a courageous life based on wisdom, kindness and compassion. The Sakyong is a husband and father of three daughters. An avid runner, he has completed nine marathons. He is author of four books including the bestselling Turning the Mind into an Ally, and the recent release The Lost Art of Good Conversation. Through the Sakyong Foundation, he supports organizations and projects whose activities exemplify the Shambhala vision. Learn more


Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Her book was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Her new book, Radical Dharma, explores racial injustice as a barrier to collective awakening. Learn more


Guest panelists to be announced — check back soon!




Lodro Rinzler has taught meditation for sixteen years in the Shambhala lineage and is the award-winning author of six books including the best-seller The Buddha Walks into a Bar and Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken. Named one of 50 Innovators Shaping the Future of Wellness by SONIMA and one of Greatist’s 34 under 34 Rising Stars in Health, Lodro has spoken across the world at conferences, universities and businesses as diverse as Google, Harvard University and the White House. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, FOX, CBS, and NBC.



Arlington Street Church
 351 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116


1:00 pm - Workshop begins
7:00 pm - Panel discussion

Tickets are available to the full workshop or panel only. Workshop tickets include access to the panel.



Contact us with questions about the event. A member of our team will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.