Workshop and talk on nonviolent praxis to be held at Virginia Tech on March 1-2
Two members of the service organization Dorje Kasung will present a free public talk titled ”Working with Protection and Building Community” on March 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Room 104B in the Surge building at Virginia Tech. There will also be an all-day training workshop on March 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Torgerson 1100.
The Dorje Kasung is a service organization that provides nonviolent security and crisis intervention to the worldwide Shambhala community. The workshop will present techniques for finding confidence, skillfulness and gentleness in moments of encountering our own and others’ aggression. These teachings were brought from Tibet by the renowned meditation master, Chongyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and first taught to Western students more than 37 years ago as a way to address conflict without fueling its root – the urge for one’s own views and preferences to dominate. The Dorje Kasung slogan is “Victory over Aggression.”
The presenters, both senior members of the Dorje Kasung, are Dapon Will Ryken and Dr. Paula Bickford. In 1983, Ryken along with Jim Lowery, founded Shambhala Sun Camp, a leadership training program for young people. Bickford is a professor of neuroscience at the USF Morsani College of Medicine, where she studies aspects of aging and neurodegenerative diseases. She is also the director of the Shambhala Meditation Center in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The events are sponsored by the Center for Peace Studies & Violence Prevention, the Department of Sociology, ASPECT,
and the Department of Religion and Culture. Although drawn from the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, the view and techniques presented in the workshop are not religious. The workshop is accessible and relevant to people of any or no spiritual background, and assumes no prior knowledge of meditation or Buddhism.
The workshop is free to all Virginia Tech students. For non-students, the workshop fee is $50 until Feb. 28 or $55 on the day of the workshop. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Please bring your own lunch. A light snack will be provided.
– Submitted by Amy Splitt
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