Learn to Make a Difference
with Vegan Aharonian
Open to All
For the last few months many of us felt more impacted by the political situation than ever.
It was and still is a very emotional time for almost every one. Many felt outraged, frustrated, terrified, hopeless. Many participated in some forms of protest. Some people felt excited, welcoming promised changes and angry at those who didn't share that view.
The society is extremely divided. The state of "us against them" is very sharp in families, among friends and coworkers.
The Shambhala teachings are based on the notion of Basic Goodness. Basic Goodness of self, Basic Goodness of society, Basic Goodness of reality.
The teachings are taking us towards creating an Enlightened Society. It is not a Society where everyone has the same opinion and agrees on every point. But a Society of mutual respect and healthiness that allows to move forward and grow collectively without increasing divisiveness and animosity while feeling free to express yourself genuinely and skillfully.
This class will explore how to engage in social or political activism at any level that we feel inspired while maintaining the vision of Enlightened Society and not falling into spiritual bypassing. Will discuss specific Buddhist teachings that provide the skillful means to have a healthy and profound effect both on ourselves and others.
6:30pm Welcome & Introduction
6:45pm Meditation Instruction & Guided Practice
7:15pm Practice Questions
8:00pm Group Discussion or Dyads
About Learn to Live Mindfully
This class is part of Shambhala New York's Learn to Live Mindfully series: one-night workshops that offer practical teachings and meditation techniques to help us grow into more mindful, compassionate human beings. Classes include guided meditation, teaching, and group discussion.
About the Teacher
Vegan Aharonian, PhD began studying Shambhala Buddhism in 1996. Originally from Armenia (the former Soviet Union), he came to the US as a graduate student at Columbia University in 1991. Besides New York City, Vegan has taught Shambhala programs in Russia and Ukraine.