Dharma Off the Cushion: Engaging Practice in the 21st Century

Dharma Off the Cushion: Engaging Practice in the 21st Century

2019-02-19T15:56:23-07:00

A New Speakers Series

Wisdom River is happy to announce our new series called Dharma Off the Cushion: Engaging Practice in the 21st Century. Our intention is to hear what other leaders and influencers have learned and teach and how to bring their faith and practice into families, communities and world at large.  This new speaker series will explore different ways the fruits of our practice are being offered. We are inviting an array of speakers who are actively engaged in making a difference. They will share about their work, how they came to it and how dharma practice informs what they are doing. They will also share the impact that this integrated approach has on the people they work with.

 

To Be of Benefit in the World

Our practice on the cushion awakens and nourishes a strong desire to benefit not only ourselves, but as many beings as we can. We are called to engage all we have learned and bring it to our families, our communities, and our world. To listen to and contemplate the paths of those who have made this commitment and are actively engaged inspires us to take the necessary steps to spread the wealth of presence, compassion and wisdom.

Active Involvement in our Communities

We are called at this time on the planet to engage all that we have learned on the cushion and bring it into an active involvement in our communities, in our world. To listen to and contemplate the paths of those who have made this commitment and are actively engaged, inspires us to take the necessary steps to spread the wealth of presence, compassion and wisdom.  It is our hope that this series will ignite your imagination and offer insights on how you can begin to weave your practice into more and more aspects of your community life. Please join us for this series and bring a friend, or two!

The Speakers

March 15: Susan Shannon:
Restorative Justice as a Spiritual Path
The first evening in this series will feature Susan Shannon, who will speak about Restorative Justice as a Spiritual Path on Friday, March 15th at 7:00 pm. As a 45-year Tibetan Buddhist and Interfaith Chaplain, Susan has dedicated her life to Restorative Justice as a social justice pursuit, as a personal spiritual practice and as an ecological necessity. She is currently working with inmates at San Quentin State Prison. She calls Restorative Justice the spiritual practice our world is hungry for.  more information and registration

 

May 24th: Ted Usatynski:
From Digital Overwhelm to Deep Wisdom: What Buddhist Meditation Practices Can Tell Us About Thriving in a Complex World

How do the ancient practices of Buddhist meditation help us understand, navigate and thrive in the complex contemporary world we live in? In this Dharma Off the Cushion talk, Ted Usatynski brings us his insight into the philosophy, psychology and neurobiology of Buddhist practice, and how connecting to it’s deep wisdom will help us thrive in our world of big data and constant communication. more information and registration

 

July 26th: Marc Lesser:
Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen

 Marc Lesser has integrated his experience as a CEO in business and as a longtime Zen Buddhist practitioner into seven leadership practices, which he has taught to leaders at Google, Genentech, SAP, Facebook, and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years. The practices can be applied to leadership at any level, providing  the tools needed to shift awareness, enhance communication, build trust, eliminate fear and self-doubt, and cut down on unnecessary workplace drama. Embracing any one of the 7 practices alone can be life-changing. When used together, they support a path of well-being, productivity, and positive influence.

 

September 20th: Daniel Rybold:
Vibrational Healing through Resonant Entrainment – creating a daily wellness program

Daniel Rybold integrated his experience as a Family Practice physician at the height of the AIDS crisis, his study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism, Shiatsu & Trager Bodywork, Reichian breathwork & Acupuncture to develop a sound healing practice promoting self-care, initially offering this program while on pilgrimage in Tibet to nuns living near Lhasa. He most recently offered this exercise in a meditation group at San Quentin Prison, where he volunteers in a program called Houses of Healing. During this workshop Daniel will share this sound healing form.

 

December 6th: Lee Lesser

Information on this workshop is coming soon!

It will be a truly inspirational series of talks. Please join us for this series and bring a friend, or two!