Creating Enlightened Society: Shambhala and the Transition Towns Movement

with Don Hall

April 22nd

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    Room: Community Room

    “It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community - a community practicing understanding and loving-kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth.” - Thich Nhat Hanh  

    In our deeply troubled times, how can we extend beyond ourselves to create more sustainable and just local communities, as well as a better world for ourselves and future generations? In this special Earth Day talk, Shambhala St. Petersburg member and Co-Director of Transition US Don Hall, will draw on the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the international Transition Towns Movement to show how we can all begin creating enlightened society right now, right where we are, one step at a time. 

    Don Hall has been engaged in the practice of meditation and an activist for social change for nearly two decades. He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and currently serves as a Co-Director of Transition US, a national nonprofit organization that supports hundreds of grassroots initiatives building local community resilience in food, energy, economy, and more. He believes that spiritual practice is a necessary foundation for creating meaningful social change and that spiritual practitioners are called to find their own unique ways to participate in the healing of our world.
    7:00: Gathering and Introduction (10 min)
    7:10: Meditation (10 min)
    7:20: Presentation with Visioning Exercise (50 min)
    8:10: Q&A and Discussion (25 min)
    8:35: Action Plan Journaling (15 min)
    8:50: Sharing Intentions and Closing (10 min)