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Weekend workshop CANCELLED

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm PDT

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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 5, 2018

This event has been cancelled.

Workshop on Kingian Nonviolence and the Dharma with Nirali Shah and Kazu Haga.

The work of building Beloved Community is hard – especially in these intensified, polarized times.

Yet there is also a great promise in these times. In a world where violence is accepted as the norm, building a culture of peace is going to be a messy process, and the “creative tension” that Dr. Martin Luther King talked about is necessary for growth.

The Dharma shows us that by learning to clearly see the roots of violence that exists in each of us, by learning to engage skillfully with the conflicts in our lives and in society, and by learning to speak powerfully in the face of systems of injustice, we can grow on our path to engendering an Awakened Sangha or a Beloved Community.

While there is great wisdom that comes both from the lineages of Buddhism and Dr. King, there is also a long history of patriarchy that has been transmitted in the teachings from both traditions. This daylong will draw from the wisdom and practices of Buddhist Dharma and Nonviolent Conflict Reconciliation, and will also critically examine its limitations, so that together as a group we can explore ways in which these teachings can continue to grow and serve the liberation of all beings.

By exploring the principles of nonviolence, analysing the nature of conflict, learning to deal with intense emotions, and channeling our anger in skillful ways, we can move towards positive personal and systemic change.

All are welcome.

Please bring packed lunch (because lunch break will only be 45 mins) and book to write in, pens, and a piece to put on the altar (something that is of emotional/spiritual value to you).

Please be aware that this is a workshop style non-residential retreat that will include some periods of silence and some periods of speaking. Some exercises may be emotionally evocative as we learn to face and respond to the expansive and contracted states of our inner and outer worlds.

For the benefit of the group process punctuality is requested.

COST: Sliding Scale: $75 – $150, plus an offering of DANA to the teacher. Please pay at the highest level you can afford to support our programs and pay it forward for those who have less. Scholarships and work-study are available. No is turned away for lack of funds.

$100 Plus Monthly Supporters attend for no cost. TO RSVP AS A MONTHLY SUPPORTER, CLICK HERE.

Please CLICK HERE for more info on our Monthly Supporter program.



Kazu Haga is the founder and coordinator of the East Point Peace Academy. He is a trainer and facilitator in nonviolence, restorative justice and organizing and works in prisons, schools and activist communities to create a culture of peace. More information:

Nirali Shah facilitates Buddhist meditation retreats with an emphasis on mind-body awareness and self-inquiry. She explores the rich ecotone of Buddha’s teachings as a way for engaging with issues around social justice, equity and peace. In the past, she served in one of the largest slum communities of Asia for more than four years, part of it, studying and working out of the Gandhi Ashram. More information:



August 4
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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