The Lost Art of Good Conversation Book & Workshop

Join us for our special Weekly Dharma Gathering on Wednesdays in Mar Vista

Join us for food, conversation and meditation at our weekly Wednesday night dharma gathering. We will be reading from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s new book “The Lost Art of Good Conversation” as the inspiration for how listening and speaking from the heart, and other practices of genuine conversation can help to build bridges, heal isolation, and create a kind and awake society. 

Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9pm, until September 26th, 2018

$15 donation per class

Open to all! No registration necessary to attend.

Westside Shambhala, 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, 90066

DIRECTIONS: The Westside Center is situated behind 3871 Grandview. The entrance is through the alley between “Under the Sea” and “GreenCoast Hydroponics”, which is directly across the street from “STOCK Building Supply.”

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The Lost Art of Good Conversation Book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of Shambhala

The latest book by Sakyong Mipham, The Lost Art of Good Conversation, is on sale at our Los Angeles Meditation Centers bookstores.

About the Book

The Lost Art of Good Conversation – A Mindful Way to Connect with Others and Enrich Everyday Life By Sakyong Mipham

In a world of iPhones and connectivity to social media and email, we are all in constant connection with one another. Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family and friends? In this new book from the bestselling author of Running with the Mind of Meditation, the Sakyong uses the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition—meditation and a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings—to help readers to listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, co-workers, strangers, and even ourselves.

He highlights the importance of good conversation in these challenging times—exploring how we can awaken to our lives through the simple act of conversing with others. Through mindfully engaging in the relationships in our lives, we can find personal fulfillment.

The book’s underlying message is that our world is in dire need of kindness and compassion. Simply by shifting the focus of our life away from our own agenda, we can connect with others and the greater world.


Learn more about the book and take courses online at





In the Media

Listen to a Podcast with Dan Harris interviewing Sakyong Mipham

The Sakyong sat down for an interview with Dan Harris for his 10% Happier podcast at ABC News. He spoke about his life, his father, and his new book. Listen:


Read a blog post on Tricycle: Why We Must Practice the Art of Good Conversation

In an excerpt from his latest book, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche explains why it’s important that we don’t forget how to talk to one another. Read article