Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

“When thoughts take you away…simply notice your mind has wandered and return back to the beauty of the breath.”– Shanté Smalls

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a  teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism. Shanté is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the lineage head of Shambhala, and has been a student of Shambhala since 2006.  They are assistant professor of Black Culture and Literature, as well as as a performer and performance studies scholar.Dr. Smalls has published work on hip hop, film, queer  performance, and a host of other scholarly topics.

Shanté is also the Rusung or Area Protector of the Shambhala Center of New York City and is the head of the Pillar of Protection in NYC–The Dorje Kasung.


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“Meditation in the City” Podcast Episodes with Shanté

Listen to Podcast Episode 155  Shanté Smalls discusses experiences of loss and disappointment, from everyday disappointments to the most profound losses.

Listen to Podcast Episode 149 Shanté Smalls discusses why we need not be helpless in the face of aggression, and how meditation helps us cultivate a caring attitude toward ourselves and others.

Listen to Podcast Episode 145 Shanté Smalls discusses what it means to commit to a meditation practice, sometimes in spite of ourselves.

Listen to Podcast Episode 122  Shanté Smalls discusses how can we stay in the present moment even when it’s uncomfortable, without being seduced by hope and fear, constantly asking “What next?”

Listen to Podcast Episode 111  Shanté Smalls discusses that age old question: Why meditate? How can meditation help us with “real” problems? Will my life change if I meditate?

Guided Meditations with Shanté

May 2017

June 2017