Cultural Humility 2: Unearthing Social Bias and the Ground of Vibrant Community

with Acharya Charlene Leung & Miriam Hall

April 28th

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  • $70 Program price
  • $95 Patron price
Room: Main Shrine Room

Cultural Humility is a life-long journey of self-reflection --  looking deeper at the complexity of our social inheritance, what we feel about ourselves and others, and how these sometimes unconscious feelings influence the vibrancy of community. Join with Shambhala Center members for this special workshop to examine our social bias, develop cultural humility and explore how our inherited social biases can get in the way of growing vibrant community.  

No matter what our social identities are, all of us inherited social biases. These biases tint the water we swim in creating blind spots as we sense people of a different race, class, clan, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, or physical, mental or perceptual characteristics. The result is that we prejudge individuals and groups.

While it is not our fault that we have these biases, it is our individual and collective responsibility to become aware of them and how they impact us, other people, and society at large. To connect more fully with the world, and be of help to others, we have to explore what we don’t see, but is often clear to others.  

Social systems advantage some and disadvantage others. It takes community to move beyond societal cocoons to liberation. When we bear witness to ourselves and to one another, societal healing is possible. And inevitable. Cultural humility is a  journey of exploration, tilling the ground of vibrant community.

In this daylong program for Shambhala Center members, leaders, teachers and educators, we aim to create a brave and caring space to explore blind spots, fears, and other emotionally charged situations that arise when we look  at how socially constructed hierarchies affect us. Cultural humility is wakeful, curious, kind and warm. Using meditation, experiential exercises, journaling, and multimedia, we explore our edges through feeling rather than concept, trusting the wisdom held in our bodies. We can manifest in helpful ways that ruffle and reshape the fabric of society.

Lunch is included and we end with a light reception.
Prerequisite: Shambhala Center member, leader, teacher, or educator.

Our Generosity Policy

In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a “pay what you can afford” policy. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can.

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price." Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

Shastri Charlene Leung has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since the early 1980’s. She serves as the Chairperson of the Diversity Working Group for Shambhala International. In addition to teaching and mentoring in Shambhala, she co-facilitates groups for the UNtraining, an organization devoted to healing personal and social oppressions. She practices Chinese medicine and teaches qi gong in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Miriam Hall is a senior teacher of Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography, and also teaches contemplative writing and Shambhala Art. She is the Social Engagement Coordinator at the Madison Shambhala Center, and has been actively involved in working with inclusivity issues in Shambhala both locally and nationally for the last two years.