Courageous Compassion: Disrupting Societal Patterns and Institutional Oppression

with Rev. angel Kyodo williams & Acharya Charlene Leung

February 3rd—February 4th

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  • $200 Program Price
  • $250 Patron Price
  • Or write-in your pre-arranged scholarship price
Room: Meditation Hall

Fearlessness in the Face of the Dark Ages
In the face of today’s political and social unrest, is it possible to create a wise, kind, and strong human society? What does it take to establish enlightened human society, as the Shambhala teachings profess? Join Rev. angel Kyodo williams and Shastri Charlene Leung in training to increase our capacity to embody wholeness and fearlessly create a society based on human goodness.

By witnessing and confronting our habitual patterns and everyday actions that are entangled in social constructs, we can interrupt the system that perpetuates social injustice and environmental degradation. It’s not our fault, we were born into this system. We can and we must become more aware of how we embody this system. Awareness and connection to others is the first step in creating good human society.

In this workshop, we will explore the connection between personal and social transformation. Through guided meditation, exercises, and dialogues, we will practice recognizing and disrupting self-limiting patterns as the very gateway to liberation—for self and society. We will learn to embody wholeness, reclaiming parts of ourselves that we may have cast away in seeking a sense of belonging. With daring, we can cultivate the internal resources to respond to our life and world, developing the resilience to create an enlightened society.

There are no prerequisites for this program—everyone is welcome.
There is a "Saturday only" opportunity to attend just the first day of this retreat. Please register normally and note this in your registration.
This workshop is appropriate for all races and ethnicities.

Day 1 Building Capacity for Fearlessness
Day 2
Facing Institutional Oppression

Sample Schedule

9:15 AMDoors open, registration
10:00 AMMorning Session
12:00-1:30 PMLunch
1:30-5:00Afternoon Session





The Teachers
Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei is an author, activist, teacher, and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She guides the newDharma Community and Collective, is the author of Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace, and co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation. She applies wisdom teachings and embodied practice to intractable social issues at the intersections where climate change, racial and economic justice meet. Rev. angel notes, “Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”

Visit her website to learn more about Rev. angel's work.

Shastri Charlene Leung has served as Chairperson of the Shambhala International Diversity Working Group since 2009. She was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as Shastri for Berkeley/SF Bay Area in 2010. She first became a student of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1983. As well as directing Shambhala Training Levels over the years, she has led Parenting as Path programs and the Children’s Rites of Passage Ceremony.

Shastri Leung currently facilitates workshops for healing personal and social oppressions for a Shambhala-inspired organization called the UNTraining. Professionally she practices Chinese medicine and teaches qi gong. She lives in a Shambhala Household with her husband where they raised their two now adult sons.

$200 Program Price
$250 Patron Price
$100 Saturday only

Scholarship arrangements can be made upon request. Contact bea [dot] deering [at] gmail [dot] com

If you have any questions, please contact Chinh: justsweetrice [at] hotmail [dot] com