Weekly Dharma Gathering

March 13th—May 16th

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    UPDATE (as of 4/15): Weekly Dharma Gatherings is moving to Thursdays at the Burlington Shambhala Center. This means we will we be watching a recording of the live stream from the previous Wednesday.


    This is a tremendously challenging time for all of us and the global Shambhala community. We recognize the need to gather to examine the multitude of issues facing our sangha and larger society. To engage in this work, we welcome all to our Weekly Dharma Gathering, which includes guided meditation, a live-streamed dharma talk e,by a featured guest teacher, followed by discussion.

    This weekly gathering is curated by Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls, a young scholar and teacher in the Shambhala lineage, who has chosen to highlight teachers of color, women, queer and trans teachers, non-vajrayana teachers, as well as special teachers from other traditions and communities.

    The series covers a wide range of social topics from social conditioning, shame, privilege, masculinity, inclusivity, depression, climate change, as well as Buddhist topics such as merit, the four karmas, maitri and more. Please see scheduled talks below:

    • March 13: Maho Kawachi, "After You're Gone"
    • March 20: Tuyet Cullen, "Dissolving Cultural Norms of Shame as an Act of Resilience" Postponed - date TBD
    • March 27: Karma Lödrö Gyendon, "SONAM: Karma, Merit, & Privilege"
    • April 3: Dr. Shanté Smalls, "The Four Karmas"
    • April 17: Jane Heyer, "Nobody Left Out - The Dharma of Accommodation"
    • April 24: Brandon Sloan, "Embodying Sacred Masculinity: Liberatory Movement Practices and Discussion"
    • May 1: Professor David Kahane, “Climate Change as Charnel Ground” – Details
    • May 8: David Perrin, “I Love You and I Might Not Like You: Metta as Liberatory Practice” 
    • May 15: Shatsri Trinley Busby "Minimising Harm: An Internal and External Exploration"
    • May 22: Naoko Kojima, “Inclusivity as Path: It's Not All What You Think”
    • May 29: Dr. Shanté Smalls, “Sobriety and Meditation”
    • June 5: Matthew Parkinson, “Depression and the Great Eastern Sun”
    • June 12: Ethan Nichtern, "Do We Need Gurus in the 21st Century?"
    • June 19: Talk and teacher to be announced
    • June 26: KT Tierney

    For more information about these gatherings, follow this link: https://shambhalaonline.org/dharma-gathering/

    We wish to offer these gatherings on purely a donate-if-you-can basis. In order to participate as a Center, the fee is $60 each gathering, so donations towards this fee and/or towards the Burlington Shambhala Center are of course more than welcome and greatly appreciated.

    If you would like to donate to this cause, we accept cash, check, or if you prefer to send funds electronically, we are now accepting PayPal at paypal.me/shambhalacenterbtv

    This is greatgreat opport to hear from a wide range of new voices and to be a part of important discussions that may guide our evolution as a Shambhala community and beyond. We hope to see many faces in the weeks to come!