Bodhicitta & Social Change

with Kaitlyn Hatch

August 24th

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Shakyamuni Buddha set out on the path of enlightenment as a way to understand and address all suffering equally for the sake of our collective liberation. 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 uses this model to offer explicit guidance on how the Buddhist practice of arousing bodhichitta (awakened heart/mind) supports us in addressing social inequalities in our modern world. 

During the three hour class we will explore the 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 dualistic thinking and ego-clinging that traps us in our ignorance and perpetuates oppressive systems. This class is an exploration of the process of creating an enlightened society.

This training has been co-developed by Kaitlyn Hatch and John Tsungme Guy.


This training is open to all folks, from all embodiments and backgrounds, including new meditators, long-time practitioners and/or folks from entirely different spiritual backgrounds. It does help if you have meditated at least once before. 

The Shambhala Center of Seattle is accessible by public transport. Bus routes 8, 11 and 988 stop along East Madison Street, and it takes between five to ten minutes to get there, depending on your pace. 

The Center is in a residential area with on street parking available on the surrounding streets. Please, for the sake of our neighbours, park only on named streets (Harrison, Thomas, Republican) rather than numbered streets. 

The Center itself has a ramped drive up to the front gate, which will be left open on the day of the class. The front door is level with the ground and there is a shrine room and bathroom on the ground floor. The upstairs shrine room has two short flights of stairs up with handrails. Participants will have access to various seating options including cushions, benches, and chairs, but you are also more than welcome to bring your own seating arrangement. 

We will have a microphone and the class facilitator will be mic’ed throughout. 

If you have any questions about accessibility, please don’t hesitate to email Kaitlyn: [email protected]

There is no cost to this class, but if you are fortunate enough to have financial stability in your life, we invite you to make a contribution to help support Kaitlyn and/or the Shambhala Center. Kaitlyn is dedicated to this work and would offer it regardless, but financial contributions do help her fund her chaplaincy work. 

Donations to Shambhala Seattle make it possible for folks with less financial stability to attend the various classes offered, as well as helping us maintain the Center as a community space with things like tea, toilet paper, and snacks.

About Kaitlyn Hatch (Facilitation): 

Practice is core to my life. 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 practice focus is on the poison of ignorance—noticing my implicit biases and unlearning habits of delusion. I've been and am many things in my life, but currently, I am in the Buddhist Chaplaincy training program with the Upaya Zen Center, a volunteer with Radical Dharma, a podcast producer, a writer, and an artist. You can learn more about my work in the world at