Shanté Smalls: Can Shambhala Get Sober? – Podcast 205


What could  “sobriety” look like for the Shambhala organization? Taking into account recent and long-standing patterns of clerical and leader misconduct and abuse in Shambhala and beyond, Shanté Smalls discusses tools to help us heal and prevent trauma, abuse, and harmful patterns – from the Buddhist Five Precepts to teachings on Basic Goodness to 12-Step inventories. Are we ready to really use these tools personally and in our community to “get sober”?

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Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls began her formal Buddhist journey at 16. After studying and practicing with different sanghas, and lots of non-practicing and non-studying, Shanté happened upon the teachings of Ani Acharya Pema Chödron and the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She’s been a Shambhala student since 2006. In her working life, Shanté is a scholar, artist, and writer. Her teaching, research, and writing focuses on Black popular culture in music, film, visual art, genre fiction, and other aesthetic forms.

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