to connect with others and ourselves,
to explore creativity in a meaningful way, and
to allow for inner growth for the benefit of all.
"What if care is the organizing principle of our society? Care that is creative and tenacious, relentless and wholesome, abundant and kind. The kind of fierce love that helped us survive the pain, loss, and heartbreak of 2020" JM Wong
You are invited to join us for a 4-week course where we'll explore how compassion (for ourselves and others) is one of the best ways of dealing with challenging times, as well as a profound foundation for acting to create positive change. The paragons of humanity such as the historical Buddha, Christ, Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, and Mother Teresa, while imperfect, give us a model for cultivating compassion and other realizations for a conscious purpose-based life. As the Dalai Lama says: "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
Being a Badass gives us the ability to cut through what gets in the way of our inspired action and enables us to stay the course through the ups and downs of creating meaningful change or birthing something new for ourselves, our family or community.
Each 90-minute session of the course will include time for discussion, as well as effective practices and strategies to support your journey to the fulfillment of a passion project, a dream or change in your life.
Session 1: The Power of Inspired Action – Being both a Buddha and a Badass and how do you access the power of this extraordinary path
Session 2: Rooted in the Heart (Courage) – Connecting deeply with your heart and purpose to discover and ignite your inspired role and greatest contribution
Session 3: Creating a Vision for Ourselves & Our Communities – Acting inspired by wisdom and compassion and supported by clarifying your vision
Session 4: Idea to Achievement – Exploring universal frameworks and strategies for realizing your dreams, mission, or vision.
Bonus: Complimentary 30-minute 1-on-1 Action Discovery session with Shadi to help you discover the most important action(s) for you to take for the fulfillment of your heart's desires in life, work or mission. Next step or first step, this free integration session will give you greater clarity and focus and help you develop your unique strategy for taking inspired action.
Shadi (pronounced so it rhymes with buddy) has been a student of many modalities in 30+ years of spiritual and personal growth exploration. Her deepest dive is in esoteric Buddhism with her teacher Lama Marut and in the practices of meditation, yoga, and qigong as well as other wellness technologies. For the last five years, she has used these experiences and the knowledge she developed to mentor organizations and coach individual clients from around the world.
Shadi feels fortunate to have spent her 25-year professional career in the charitable sector fundraising and marketing for the missions of crucial humanitarian causes, arts & culture non-profits, and social change organizations. Along with her ongoing coaching and mentoring work, her current focus is a company she launched in December 2020 in response to requests from clients and community members called Conversations for World Change. Its mission is to help people realize and thrive as they live their mission in life and work.
The course takes place online via Zoom
Includes supporting materials and resources as well as recordings of all the sessions.
In this 3-part workshop, we will explore the practice of poetry, which has a long tradition in Buddhism - from Sidharrta to the Beat Generation. Together, we will look at some of the major themes, read heart-opening poems, and dabble in writing ourselves.
You do not have to be a poet to attend - only to have an open heart and mind, and the willingness to explore using poetry as a practice to touch into unspoken truths, a space beyond space, words beyond words... Oh, and you may need a pen.
Ruth Tsuria is an aspiring poet and meditation teacher. She is a professor of communication, studying the impact of words (especially in digital media) on our conception of the world. In these workshops, Ruth will combine her academic expertise with her love of poetry.
Join us for a talk on ways to cultivate and maintain a happy mind in trying times. We will discuss powerful mental skills and practices to sustain mental peace in difficult times and throughout the rest of our life.
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David Leonard has practiced and taught meditation for over 50 years, after receiving teacher training in Sri Lanka where he was a monk for three and a half years in his early 20s. David has done over eight years of deep retreat, and maintains an extensive daily practice. His intuitive approach to practice is uniquely suited to western minds, and he has been influential in the training of some well-known western teachers.
More teachings from David are now available at his YouTube channel, Mind Moment. Here's a video from that channel: