Listening + Speaking From the Heart

March 25, 2018 in Los Angeles

Workshop and panel discussion with Sakyong Mipham,
Rev. angel Kyodo williams and hosted by Lodro Rinzler. Explore how conversation can help us connect 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.

Daylong Workshop:

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Experiential workshop and meditation practice sessions with Sakyong Mipham and Rev. angel Kyodo williams, hosted by Lodro Rinzler.

Panel Discussion: "The Transformative Power of Conversation"

  • 5:00 pm - 7:00pm: Panel discussion with Sakyong Mipham, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Patti Giggans and Jaweed Kaleem, hosted by Lodro Rinzler






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



Patti Giggans

Executive Director, Peace Over Violence

Patti Giggans, M.A. is the Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, a sexual and domestic violence and youth violence prevention center.   Giggans has held numerous statewide and national leadership positions.   She is the founder of Denim Day, a sexual violence prevention education campaign.  A black belt in Karate and master self-defense trainer, Giggans founded Karate Women, the first martial arts school in Southern California in 1976.  She has co-created violence prevention programs and curricula including In Touch With Teens and Women’s Self Defense and Safety.  She has co-authored several books including the most recent When Dating Becomes Dangerous; A Parents Guide To Preventing Relationship Abuse.  Giggans is a recipient of The California Peace Prize, the Angel of Peace Award, the 2016 Visionary Voice Award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and is a Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellow. She practices Zen Buddhism at the Zen Center of Los Angeles and is President of the ZCLA Board of Directors.    


Jaweed Kaleem

National Race & Justice Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Jaweed Kaleem is the national race and justice correspondent at the Los Angeles Times, where he writes about how race and ethnicity shape our evolving understanding of what it means to be American. He frequently reports on policing, civil rights, immigration, prisons and religion. At The Times, his reporting has taken him to Virginia to write about controversies over Confederate monuments, Texas to tell the story of the nation's only Spanish-speaking mosque, Montana to cover debates over refugee resettlement, and Michigan to explore the rise of black police chiefs. Before joining the Times, Jaweed was the senior religion reporter at HuffPost for five years, where he wrote extensively on the mindfulness, the Roman Catholic church, evangelical Christians, Mormonism and Muslims. From 2007-11, he was a religion and general assignment reporter for the Miami Herald. He attended Emerson College in Boston and grew up in Northern Virginia.




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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