Conversations About Conversations

A Mindful Way to Connect with Others and Enrich Everyday


People make the decision to sit on Tuesday evenings with the Shambhala Meditation Group of WNY Southtowns for many reasons reasons. Some join us because they want to enrich their meditation practice and sit with others.

Lodro Rinzler, Tara Slone, Sakyong Mipham, Michelle Latimer and Fleet Maul having a conversation. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Some join us to learn about meditation, Shambhala, Buddhism, contemplative practice and study. Whatever their individual reasons, most also join us for the interesting and comfortable conversation that follows a period of meditation.

After a day of family and work obligations, sometimes people want to enjoy relaxing, friendly, safe and civil discussion with others. These days, whether its social media, television news or other public exchanges, conversations are often sadly lacking a necessary sense of our shared humanity, tolerance for each other, compassion and sensitivity .  As Sakyong Mipham points out, we don’t need a new form of communication, we simply need to remember and harvest the wisdom of how humans were once able to communicate. He says, in his new book The Lost Art of Good Conversation, that our existence is diminished by the constant white noise, incessant chatter, and superficial give-and-take of modern day communication.

Members of the WNY Southtowns at The Lost Art of Conversation book tour in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Shambhala Meditation Group of WNY Southtowns is currently checking in with Sakyong Mipham’s book for guidance in our weekly post-meditation discussions. We may read one or two of the short chapters from the book and then have a healthy, civil discussion about the topics brought up by the chapters while practicing the conversation recommendations from the book. It’s a healthy and rewarding experience..and a necessary one in today’s chaotic and sometimes aggressive world.

You are welcome to join our conversation.

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