On my way to this talk in the parking lot, my friend who had invited me, said “this is one of the most conservative theological seminaries in the country”
There was a moment where I thought …..that’s good to know!
My experience of the assembly was that of a very devoted and generous and kind group of people, who were willing to listen to my viewpoints and contrast them with their own.
I left feeling more certain that interfaith dialogue is of great benefit, and that conversations with diverse perspectives are necessary for all of us, so that we can step into a larger shared world.
When I think of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s vision to help the world have access, through Shambhala Training, to practices regardless of the religious background that allow them to experience the world more directly, beyond the concepts that isolate us, I feel a deep sense of loyalty and devotion to his work and vision.
His son and spiritual lineage heir,
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, is my teacher, and he continues this profound vision in the world in a way that makes me incredibly proud to be his student.
Now more than ever, the world needs spiritual wisdom, open hearts and open minds that are capable of compassion and seeing through reactivity for the greater good of everyone.