Contemplative Creativity Lab: Honey in the Temple [Online]

with Ladan Yalzadeh

August 8th

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  • $15 Program Price
  • $25 Patron Price

These are tough times. We are contending with a lot of fear and pain, compounded by social isolation and information overload. Many of us are struggling as we navigate our way through the care for ourselves and for others in the midst of what seems like an increasingly uncertain and unsafe landscape.

But this is not new. Much of the world has been living like this for a long time. The first Noble Truth according to Buddhism is to recognize the truth of our suffering. What gets us up and going day in day out is not our suffering, but the path to the cessation of our suffering.

In this Contemplative Creativity Lab, we will explore our inherent sanity and joy by connecting with our senses and our bodies. In the footsteps of our ancestors, we will yield our thinking minds to the wisdom and life force present in our bodies. Differently abled and unique in our physique, we are all invited to appreciate our precious human life in this way. And through this act of appreciation and self-care, may we better appreciate and care for one another and our world.

In preparation for our time together you are invited to:

  • Find a private space to be in for the duration.
  • Bring a delicious scent (i.e. incense, candle, perfume, edible spices, fresh flowers,, etc.)
  • Choose 2 songs/pieces of music that you love and that brings you joy and be ready to play it for yourself during the session.


This program is a collaboration between Seattle Shambhala and LA Shambhala Centers. Registration is through the LA Shambhala Website. 



If you’d like to deepen in this practice, please see our follow-up class series with Ladan the last three Sundays in August: 

Sun August 16th: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Sun August 23rd: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Sun August 30th: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Ladan Yalzadeh (MFA - Creative Practices) has worked across disciplines including theater, live art, writing and film. Her explorations are currently focused on reconnecting with the transformative power of our bodies as means of liberation. Her first vivid experience of this power was when she was 14 and living in Iran, and against the rules, she and her friends would gather to sing and dance to Prince.

Ladan also works in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion field in the Outdoors, helping highlight the vast histories, wisdoms and contributions of Underrepresented Communities to our society.

Ladan is the recipient of several honors including 2009 Noor Film Festival’s Best Short Film Award for The Florist, the AFI Directing Workshop for Women Scholarship in 2004, where she was the first Iranian-American recipient, and the Nell Shipmen Award. Her work has been presented in Iran, Germany, Chile, UK, Spain and the United States.

Ladan has been meditating and practicing mindfulness since 2008. She is a teacher and a facilitator of the Contemplative Creativity Lab and is the co-founder of Authentic Presence. Authentic Action. 

C.C. Labs are Inspired by or based on the Dharma Art Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Dharma Art teachings unlock a non-conceptual sense of knowing that is available to all. No art or meditation experience is required. All are welcome. Please share.

We've found that contemplative practices work well via Zoom – since the focus is not on the screen, but more on what is arising within your own experience. 

Questions? [email protected]