(Eagle Rock) Creating Safe Spaces for the Liberation from National Narcissism

March 30th

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  • $15 Program Price
  • $20 Patron Price
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room
We now live in a country where the Executive Branch has adopted an "America First" ideology.  What does it mean to be repeatedly exposed to calls to put our nation above other nations and "our people" over other people? Is it our role as spiritual seekers to create safe spaces for those "others" and if so, how might we, together, cultivate the strength to overcome national, or even individual narcissism (the entitled self)?  Join us for a conversation with Pamela Ayo Yetunde, author of "Buddhism in the Age of #Black Lives Matter" and "What About the Cost of Retreats and Sharon Owyang, Regional Director of Southern California Shambhala, as we explore the possibilities for creating safe spaces for diverse, inclusive and caring communities. 
Pamela Ayo Yetunde, J.D., M.A., Th.D., was the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Visiting Scholar-in-Residence at University of the West, Fall, 2016.  Ayo earned her Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.  She earned her M.A. in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA and her law degree from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington.  Ayo is a pastoral counselor in private practice, and has also worked in spiritual care in hospital, hospice, and mental health care settings.  She is a Community Dharma Leader certified by Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.
Sharon Owyang is the Regional Director of Southern California Shambhala. She has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s since 2007, and is a producer, writer, and world traveler. 

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The Shambhala Center remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. 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, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center. Thank you for your kindness!

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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.

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