Cultural Humility Workshop: Building the Ground of Social Engagement

with Shastri Charlene Leung, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, Robert Pressnall

June 9th—June 10th

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    Price:
  • $150 Patron
  • $125 General
  • $95 Members
Room: Main Shrine Room

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Open to All: People of Color and White Allies

This is a program recommended for Shambhala Center leaders and Shambhala Educators. Email the registrar for a community discount code. 

“How are we to communicate across cultural boundaries? When we learn to connect from the heart, we strengthen our global family.” 

- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


A social hierarchy of cultural identities pervades the world in which we live. In the face of such complexity, it is useful to develop an attitude of inquiry, sensitivity, and active listening. This open attitude of “cultural humility” is the essential starting place for social engagement.



Because we have been raised with a myriad of influences and interpretations about the world, it becomes necessary for us to pause, regroup, and reconsider how to connect with people whose backgrounds and assumptions differ from our own. Recognizing our inherited conditioning and embracing a new communications process is the basis for developing cultural humility.

Through the process of self-reflection, we can support a mind and heart that promotes cultural differences and inclusive community. In this program, we will practice conscious listening and explore how we’ve been socially conditioned to interpret what we hear.

For more on this program, see Shastri Leung's post on cultural humility. 


About the Teachers

Charlene Leung is a Shastri, a senior teacher, in the Shambhala tradition and has been a student of Shambhala since the early 1980’s. She serves as the Chairperson of the Diversity Working Group for Shambhala International.  In addition to teaching and mentoring in Shambhala, she co-facilitates groups for the UNtraining, an organization devoted to healing personal and social oppressions.  She practices Chinese medicine and teaches qi gong in the San Francisco Bay Area.



Ethan Nichtern is a Shastri and the senior teacher in residence for the NY Shambhala community. He is the author of several books. His most recent, The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (FSG North Point) made several major lists of the Best Books of 2015. He is also the founder of The Interdependence Project, an organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, transformational activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media. He teaches and lectures around the world and is based in New York City.

Robert Pressnall has co-led the Shambhala childrens' rites of passage, taught teens in public schools for thirty years, and taught meditation classes to old and young adults since the 1980's. He is a senior citizen still growing up.


Generosity Policy: Our Generosity Policy helps make programming available to all those who wish to participate. Tuition fees reflect our costs to hold a program, but if the price is an obstacle, the Generosity Policy allows you to offer as much of the fee as you can, up to 50% off of the listed price, based on your individual circumstances.

To utilize the Generosity Policy, please call the Registrar at 212-675-6544. We cannot accept Generosity Policy registrations at the door, so please make arrangements in advance.

Patron Price: If you are able, please consider registering with the Patron price. By offering a little more, you help make programs accessible to others. Thank you!