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 Toronto 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 and guests to hear a variety of perspectives on the vision and practicalities of using conversation to benefit our own lives and the world. When we are armed with a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom and compassion of others, we can take our first steps towards being helpful to the world as a whole.
Then on Saturday, Lodro Rinzler will host a day-long retreat with teacher Fleet Maull, 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.
Affiliate Partners Panel
Unique to the Toronto tour is an affiliate partners panel:
Community leaders engaged in mindful action for social change will be hosting dynamic, interactive activities and workshops for event participants. Findings from the activities will be presented during the Affiliate Partners Panel presentation, on Saturday afternoon. Make sure to visit the Affiliate Partners tables before the start of the event and during break periods!
Participating in the panel:
Climate Fast, CSI, A Mindful Society, Groove Education. See detailed descriptions of the panel members at the bottom of the page:
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 >>
Friday night guest panelist
Tara Slone is a Juno-nominated musician and an award winning TV host. Slone achieved success with the band “Joydrop”, and can be seen on Sundays as co-host on Rogers Hometown Hockey. Tara is a long-time student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. More >>
Friday night guest panelist
As a filmmaker, actor, and curator, Michelle’s goal is to use film and new media as a tool for social change. Her films have screened at film festivals internationally. More >>