Creating Good Human Society within the Racism Pandemic

with Charlene Leung

August 15th

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  • $20 Program Price
  • $50 Patron Price
  • Pay what makes you feel good
Room: Online Program
Program Registration is Closed.

With the most vulnerable in society impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, pre existing social inequities were clearly exposed. What is the racism pandemic?  How can we create good human society in these dark times? Is it even possible? How can Shambhala teachings help? 

The atrocity of centuries old social injustice can be numbing, but it’s hard to ignore after the brutal killing of George Floyd and the overwhelming public outcries across the world. Now, two months later where are we?  

Join us for talk, guided meditation, and speaking from the heart in small groups. For any Black, indigenous, or people of color present who desire a small group for BIPOC only, it will be provided.* 

*If you are not familiar with the process of racial caucusing, you can read more about it in two excellent articles by Kelsey Blackwell and Alex Vlasic in The Arrow Journal.

Charlene LeungAbout the Teacher
Charlene Leung has been a Shambhala Buddhist since the early 1980’s. She served as Chairperson of the Shambhala International Diversity Working Group 2009-2020, as Shastri 2010-2018, and Acharya 2018-2020. Over the years, in addition to leading Way of Shambhala and parenting as path programs, Charlene has trained and mentored Shambhala instructors.

She also facilitated groups for the UNTraining, a Shambhala inspired organization dedicated to healing internalized racism. Her teaching focus has been developing and leading programs that join the Shambhala dharma and unraveling social oppressions.

Program Price: $20
Patron Price: $50
Or pay in accordance with your circumstances (write in the amount)

Generosity Policy
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Paying the full program or patron price provides much needed support to Berkeley Shambhala.  For more information please see our generosity policy. 

Please register and pay online in advance of the class in order to receive the Zoom link for the program. 

If you have questions, please contact Robert: education [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org.

About Zoom
This program will be presented on the Zoom platform. It is available for computers, smart phones, and tablets. You will need to download the free app on your device before joining the session. Once it is loaded, click the link and follow the prompts to join the session.

It is best to join 5 minutes in advance so that you are set up when the session begins.

And, make certain that your mic is muted when you join to avoid background noises which are multiplied with many participants.

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You can find is a list of Zoom FAQs at this link



Program Policy
Our program policy has changed to reflect the current situation with online programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please register and pay online in advance of the program to make certain you receive all communications including the link for the program. Our online payment system is set up to accept payment through PayPal.

Generosity Policy
The Berkeley Shambhala Center is funded solely by your membership and program donations. Thank you for your generosity as you consider what you can pay for each program at our Center. We strive to price our programs in a way that accurately reflects the financial need of our Center and the cost to us of producing the program.

We are committed to offering our programs to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. Most programs include a base program price as well as a sliding scale.

If you need to reach a member of the Shambhala Center Staff, email manager [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org with your inquiry.

What is the Patron Price?
The other aspect of our Generosity Policy is our Patron Price. Those who are able to offer more than the regular program price can select the Patron Price option. By selecting this option, your generosity is helping to cover the costs of those who may not be able to pay the full price of the program. Thank you for your consideration, and for helping all to receive the treasure of the Shambhala Dharma.

We appreciate you registering and paying online. This helps us not only to plan for the program, but speeds up the registration line on the day of the program.

Work Study
We depend on volunteers to make all of our programs happen. If you are interested in offering your support in this way, please contact manager [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org. We would be very grateful. Please note that we have limited work-study options for online programs.

Refund Policy
If you are unable to attend a program for which you have pre-registered and paid, and contact us to cancel participation at least one week (7 calendar days) prior to the start of the program, you are entitled to either receive a refund less the cost of processing the payment, or you can apply the full payment amount to the cost of an upcoming program of your choice.

If you cancel your participation within the week prior to the program, you can apply those funds to another upcoming program of your choice.

No refunds will be given for cancellations after a program has begun.

Non Discrimination
The Berkeley Shambhala Center is open to everyone, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

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