Reimagining Enlightened Society

with Acharya Melissa Moore, Ethan Nichtern, Naoko Kojima, Dr. Shante Smalls

July 13th—July 15th (2018)

Date details +
  • $350 Patron
  • $300 General
  • $250 Members

Open to All

At this potentially transformative moment in Shambhala, we have the opportunity to draw from our collective wisdom and create the blueprint for real change.

In this spirit, the New York Shambhala Center is hosting a weekend of Reimagining Enlightened Society with Acharya Melissa Moore, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, and Inclusivity Warrior Naoko Kojima. 

We invite all of you to join us for a weekend of practice and discussion, where we'll sit with our pain and contemplate what needs to change, what we want to keep, and what it means to create enlightened society in these times.

This program includes the practice of Shambhala Meditation and the Shambhala Sadhana, as well as honest, open-hearted discussions of whatever subjects you wish to bring to the room.

Click here to register for the Friday Night Only option, 7-9pm. 

Whole Family Programming

Inspired by the growing movement to create more “whole family” oriented programming within Shambhala, Shambhala NYC aims to accommodate everyone on the path, including those with children. During this program, a Children's Program is being offered for children of participants.

About the Teachers

Acharya Melissa Moore, PhD., has been a student of Shambhala since 1979. She has an MA in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University, attended the 1985 seminary, has been teaching internationally since 1990, and was empowered as an Acharya in 2010. She co-founded, and continues to teach and develop, The Karuna Training, a 3-year professional certificate training in Contemplative Psychology.

Melissa was the founding Director of The Felton Institute between 2005 and 2016. The Felton Institue is dedicated to research and training in community mental health services for marginalized populations suffering from mental illness. Melissa has a PhD in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies and a Post Doctoral degree from University of California San Francisco in Community Based Research and Psychiatric Treatment. She has extensive experience as a clinician and has managed several clinical sights in her career. She also has experience in developing curriculum and treatment protocols for care providers on the front lines of mental health, for the treatment of eating disorders, dissociative disorders, and other mental health related issues.

Ethan Nichtern Shambhala New York City Shastri Ethan Nichtern is a Senior Shastri, a senior teacher, in the Shambhala tradition. He is the senior teacher in residence for the Shambhala NYC community. He is the author of several books. His most recent book, The Dharma of the Princess Bride: What the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships (North Point Press) has been praised by the New York Times and Los Angeles Review of Books. His previous book, 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.

This weekend will also be supported by Inclusivity Warrior Naoko Kojima. Naoko has been a student in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 2007. She has been an active member of the community and joined the Shambhala New York teaching faculty in 2012. During this weekend Naoko will be serving as Inclusivity Warrior, a new role dedicated to promoting a more inclusive, diverse, and welcoming community.