Listening + Speaking From the Heart

March 25, 2018 in Los Angeles

Workshop and panel discussion with Sakyong Mipham,
Rev. angel Kyodo williams and special guests. Explore how conversation can help us build bridges in these challenging times.


About the Event


In these times of increasing divisiveness and polarization, how can conversation help us build bridges? Can genuine human connection help us reach across the divide to heal the isolation and sense of loneliness that pervades our current culture?

Listening is the first step in good conversation, helping us connect with each other. By truly listening to others, we increase our own intelligence, broadening our understanding of social reality and thus our ability to help.   

But with distraction and noise in our world at an all-time high, how do we know who—and what—to listen to?

In this experiential day-long workshop, we will explore these questions and practice mindful listening from the heart, listening both to ourselves and to others.



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

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Daylong workshop with Sakyong Mipham and Rev. angel Kyodo williams, hosted by Lodro Rinzler.
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00pm: Panel discussion with Sakyong Mipham, Rev. angel Kyodo williams and other special guests to be announced.






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.



Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101


9:00 am - Workshop begins
5:00 pm - Panel discussion

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



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