Rising to the Occasion: Taking the Dharma into Social Action

March 4th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    Rising to the Occasion: Taking the Dharma into Social Action

    A Conversation Facilitated by Michaela McCormick

    My heart yearns to heal the violence, injustice, and environmental degradation that recent political events are now refueling. My heart breaks at the news of more starving stranded refugees, the vanishing of giraffes, and the murder of another innocent black man at the hands of police.  I ache knowing that my individual liberation is entwined with the fate of all of them, my fellow beings.  I cannot rest in the face of this continuing devastation.  The Shambhala teachings and practices equip us to act with compassion, fearlessness, and ancient wisdom.  To do that on a scale that impacts our common welfare, we need to come together.  You are invited to a discussion of how to launch and sustain such an effort.  Together, we will acknowledge our indebtedness to the Shambhala teachings, to our lineage, to the earth, and to each other, and the power of acting on that inspiration to foster peace, justice, and healing. 

    This discussion will begin on Saturday, March 4, from 1 to 4PM, at the Shambhala Center.  Please bring your experience, wisdom, and good hearts to taking our next steps toward a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

    No registraton fee:  Donations to Portland Shambhala Center gratefully accepted


    Michaela McCormick     

    Michaela McCormick has been meditating since 2001 and has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 2005. She is the Diversity Coordinator for the Portland (OR) Shambhala Meditation Center, co-coordinator of Queer Dharma, a meditation instructor, a teacher of introductory classes, and a member of the Diversity Working Group of Shambhala International. For 25 years she worked as a teacher, trainer, and practitioner of conflict resolution and public dialogue. For longer than that she has been a community organizer/activist. She has written two memoirs and now writes poetry and essays on social and spiritual themes.