Date(s) - October 6, 2018 - October 7, 2018
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Social Transformation and Meditation
Practicing for the Welfare of All
Facilitated by Brooke Lavelle
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Many great teachers and leaders have pointed to the importance of deep spiritual work for meaningful social change. If individuals engaged in changing systems do not regularly cultivate their own personal capacities for care and compassion, they may end up inadvertently recreating the very structures of violence and oppression they wish to transform. At the same time, without a critical analysis of the social, cultural and historical conditions in which we are embedded, our own spiritual and contemplative practices may fail to be fully liberating. If systemic forms of bias, privilege and oppression in our traditions, communities and organizations are unseen or unchecked, our community members may end up perpetuating the very structures and systems that cause or exacerbate stress and suffering.
Mingyur Rinpoche founded Tergar to help people of all cultures and faiths realize our basic goodness, flourish as individuals, and live in harmony with others. In this spirit, this workshop, lead by special guest Brooke D. Lavelle, will help us recognize and assess these dynamics in their own lives, including how they play out in our communities.
Grounded in a practice of awareness, love and compassion, attendees will learn to recognize, assess and ultimately work to transform the systemic forms of oppression–including racism, sexism, classism and so on–that inform our traditions. Through creative visioning, storytelling, and exploring our relationships with others, we will work to develop a sustainable set of tools and strategies to support the opening of our hearts and minds to these patterns so that we may better address them in our communities. We’ll leave with concrete ways to practice our commitment to the well-being of all in our daily lives.
About the facilitator
Brooke D. Lavelle is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition. Brooke holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Emory University, an MA in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Columbia University and a BA in Religion and Psychology from Barnard College. Her academic work focuses on contemplative models for cultivating compassion and mindfulness, as well as the cultural contexts that shape the transmission, reception, and secularization of Buddhist contemplative practices in America. In her workshops, Brooke empowers personal and social transformation by providing deep contemplative training coupled with powerful tools for systemic change to support a more courageous, caring and equitable world.
Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tergar Meditation Center
1621 E Hennepin Ave Ste 210
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414
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To make this program accessible to all who wish to participate, a special sliding scale fee will be used for registration. If you are in a financial position to support the participation of others, we ask that you consider registering at a higher rate. This way, Tergar Minneapolis/St. Paul can cover the cost of bringing in Brooke Lavelle, and also ensure access for all. Embodying the paramita of generosity supports the whole community. Please select the cost that makes sense to you.
$0 – I will pay what I can, if anything, at the door
$150 – Base Fee
We make final arrangements for weekend events 10 days before the event start day. If you cancel after September 25, there will be a $25 administration fee.
Tergar Meditation Center, Minneapolis MN, United States