Exploring the Heart of Race in Body, Speech, and Mind

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell, Shastri Sue Gilman, Shakiyla Smith

December 12th (2017)

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    Hosted by the Community Relations Committee of Atlanta Shambhala

    Conversations on Race, Race Relations, Diversity, Economics,

    Social Justice and Shambhala Traditions

    Open To All Communities

    Tuesday, December 12

    7 - 9 PM

    Exploring the Heart of Race

    in Body, Speech, and Mind

    with Acharya John Rockwell, Shastri Sue Gilman, and Dr. Shakiyla Smith

    "No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin or their background or their religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

                                                                                                                              - Nelson Mandela

    This evening will be a mutual exploration of how we personally experience race. We will begin by introducing ourselves to each other. The three facilitators will present the overall view and process of the evening’s journey. We will then break into small groups for a guided meditation and a chance for each person to speak and listen from the heart. After all have spoken, we will gather again as a whole group to reflect on what physical feelings, emotions, questions, and insights arose. Everyone is warmly invited to stay for a reception with food, tea, and conversation.   

    The Facilitators:

    Ashe Acharya John Rockwell has been a student of the Shambhala and
    Buddhist path for over 40 years. His main inspiration is to help people
    open their heart and senses through meditation and bring awareness to
    everyday life, the natural world, and social change. He also practices and
    teaches Daoist qigong to loosen up the body for sitting still and moving
    with ease. He now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife, Rhiannon
    Wells, and travels internationally to teach.

    Shastri Sue Gilman has been teaching meditation and Shambhala Buddhism for more than 10 years and has facilitated many conversations on both the joy and heartbreak of what it is to be human.

    Dr. Shakiyla Smith is an energy medicine practitioner, yoga instructor, and longtime meditator. A primary personal and professional focus is adult learning and development, through which she supports others in their growth and transformation.