Creating Enlightened Society: Right Livelihood in the 21st Century. A Public Talk @Westside Shambhala

with Acharya Eve Rosenthal

April 25th (2012)

Date details +
    Price:
  • $15.00 Program Price
  • $10.00 Patron Price

In his first sermon after attaining Enlightenment, the Buddha taught that one of the pathways to Enlightenment was through “right livelihood”.  (At that time, the Buddha taught that lay followers should not engage in business in weapons, human beings, meat, intoxicants, and poisons.)

In today's complex, fragmented, and yet increasingly global and interdependent world, what does “right livelihood” look like? 

Is “right livelihood” determined only by the products and consequences of our work, or does it also have to do with our motivation, and how we go about carrying out our work? In an age when we have more choices than ever, is it a question of simply “following our bliss” if we are fortunate enough to do so, and doing what needs to be done if we aren't?  What is the relationship between making a living (and maybe even getting rich) and spiritual practice? Are there jobs that have no place in “enlightened society”? Is the aspiration to help create enlightened society itself the gateway to “right livelihood”? 

Please join us for this provocative and timely discussion as we explore the relationship between “right livelihood” and creating enlightened society, and how we can align our work and our lives so as to be of greatest benefit. 

Acharya Eve Rosenthal has been a member of the Shambhala community since 1973. She was Resident Director of Shambhala Training in New York City in the mid-80s. Since 1990, she has been living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she is an Associate Professor of Information Technology at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scented products to the LA Shambhala Center as some of our participants have severe scent-related allergies.

SMCLA Generosity Policy

The Shambhala Center remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our members and program participants, and one of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one should be prevented from participating in programs for lack of funds. At the same time, the Center relies on the revenue from program participants to cover the cost of each program and of keeping our doors open. For programs where there is a set price, if the program price is an obstacle for you, please offer as much of the program price as you can. The suggested minimum, based on the Center’s costs, is 50% of the program price. You may type in the amount on the registration page and pay accordingly. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price of the program, and provides support to the Shambhala Center. If you have any questions, please email la@shambhala.org.

Program Cancellation Policy

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

los angeles meditation center

Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles offers a rich array of ongoing meditation programs free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →