Power, Privilege & Difference: Applying Buddhist practice to social restoration

November 10th (2018)

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  • Donations appreciated
Registration closes Friday, November 2. If you have questions or to inquire, contact Kaitlyn at [email protected].

Kaitlyn Hatch and John Guy are offering explicit training in how to use the Buddhist practices of tonglen, metta/maitri, and arousing bodhichitta to explore power, privilege and difference, and engage in uncomfortable conversations. We invite anyone to participate, whether you are familiar with these practices or not.

During the three hour training, you will be given the opportunity to see how each practice helps us to move from 'I am suffering' to 'there is suffering'. We will examine what Zenju Earthlyn Manuel calls 'the multiplicity of oneness' and how to cut through the dualistic thinking and ego-clinging that often traps us in our ignorance. Think of this as an exploration of the process of creating an enlightened society.

This training is open to all folks, from all embodiments and backgrounds. Please let us know if you have any accessibility questions about the Center so we can accommodate your needs.

If you are fortunate enough to have financial stability in your life, we invite you to make a donation of $5/$10. Donations make it possible for folks with less financial stability to attend Shambhala courses, as well as helping us maintain the Shambhala Center as a community space with things like tea, toilet paper, and snacks.
This training has been co-developed by Kaitlyn Hatch and John Tsungme Guy.
A definition for social restoration: 
Social restoration is the work of returning human dignity and care that is revoked or withheld by current social structures. It is relatively new terminology and as with most language, individual perceptions will inform how it is defined and understood, so this is just one possible definition. It is often used as an alternative phrase to 'social action'The Strap-line of this course could even be changed to read: "How Buddhist practice is the work of social restoration", as Shakyamuni Buddha set out on the path of enlightenment as a way to understand and address all suffering equally. His challenge to the Caste system of India is an example of social restoration—he disregarded human-made ideas of value to see that our worthiness is inherent and not defined by our embodiment or social status. 
Kaitlyn Hatch (Facilitation): Practice is core to my life, and I'm always looking for new tools and ways of approaching my mind and cultivating awareness. I'm an insatiably curious and enthusiastic student of the dharma—contemplating, meditating and studying on a daily basis. I am committed to working with my mind for the liberation of all beings. My current focus is on the poison of ignorance—noticing my implicit biases and unlearning habits of delusion. I'm originally from Canada and lived in the UK for six years, but I now live in West Seattle with my wife and cat. We have grand plans to turn the basement of our home into a practice space. You can learn more about my work in the world at www.kaitlynschatch.com 
John Tsungme Guy: Mindfulness and the great compassion of the Mahayana has fueled my work as a spiritual activist for equity and reconciliation along lines of gender, race and class. I bring my knowledge and experience of abidharma, psychology, and sociology to bear on my work as a group facilitator and psychotherapist in day-to-day life. www.johntsungmeguy.com

Prerequisite: None, open to all!

Cost: None, suggested donation $5-$10

Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.

Registration: This program will be capped at 10 people and registration will close on September 6th. Please register online to guarentee your spot. 

Questions? Please contact Kaitlyn Hatch at [email protected].