Our communities have been forever changed by the effects of social media, computer technology and globalization in a way that has reduced the amount of time we have to spend with family and friends and changed the way we communicate with them. We are often communicating in sound bites and photo captions that do not create a sense of real connection with the people we care about. In fact, some feel we have lost the art of communication.

Sakyong Mipham shows us a way to do better. 

The Shambhala Meditation Center of New York invites you to a profound weekend program that will give you insights to the importance of conversation, tools to improve your conversation ability, and practice in the art of good conversation.

Join us for the Friday night meditation and discussion with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Seth Godin, and other guests to hear a variety of perspectives on how good conversation is the backbone of building society. When we converse from a place of authenticity, we enrich the lives of others.

Then on Saturday, Lodro Rinzler will host a day-long retreat with teacher Ethan Nichtern featuring a talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 

The full retreat includes the live events on Friday and Saturday and a six-week online companion called The Cushion Tour.  The online event features exclusive content and behind-the-scenes footage from the tour as well as the live talks and live panel discussions with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche from every stop in Denver, New York and Toronto.


Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham is the head of the Shambhala lineage and the global network of more than 200 Shambhala Meditation Centers. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, his teachings focus on living a courageous life based on wisdom, kindness and compassion. He also holds the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the author of four books including the bestselling Turning the Mind Into an Ally. He is a husband, father of three daughters, and avid runner. More >>



Lodro Rinzler, a senior Shambhala teacher, is the award-winning author of six books including The Buddha Walks into a Bar. He serves as co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of MNDFL. More >>

featured Teacher


Ethan Nichtern is a Shastri — a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition — and award-winning author of 4 books including his new release The Dharma of the Princess BrideMore >>

Friday night Guest panelist

seth godin

Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, a marketer and most of all, a teacher. He’s written 18 bestsellers, and he blogs every day. He does his best work when he’s being mindful. More >>

Friday night Guest panelist

DAN Harris

Dan Harris is the co-anchor of ABC's Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. Dan is also the author/co-founder/host of 10% Happier book/app/podcast. More >>


Friday night Guest panelist

erica ford

Erica Ford, founder of Life Camp and gun violence activist has been an advocate for youth for over 30 years.  More >>




Dr. Smalls is an artist and scholar and has been a member of Shambhala since 2006, where they are an authorized teacher and Mentor. More >>

THE NEW York EVENTS WILL FOCUS ON THE ROLE OF CONVERSATION IN HOW WE RELATE TO others in our work, families, and community. 

Full Program

Friday and Saturday

premium seating$270 (First 5 rows)

regular seating $249

premium seating early bird$220 (First 5 rows)

regular seating early bird $199

Premium Seating applies only for Friday night panel

Full program includes:

  • Ticket to Friday night meditation and discussion
  • Saturday all-day retreat
  • Free bonus: Access to the six-week online Cushion Tour including exclusive content with Sakyong Mipham, Lodro Rinzler, Ethan Nichtern, Susan Piver and Fleet Maull as well as behind-the-scenes footage and live streaming of Sakyong Mipham at the events in Denver, New York and Toronto. 

Friday Night Event

Friday night only

Meditation and Discussion:

See Sakyong Mipham, Lodro Rinzler, Ethan Nichtern and guest Seth Godin discuss the current state of conversation, why conversation is important, what it means to them in their lives and what we can do to improve our conversations in our own lives in this what will surely be a rousing discussion. 



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