Upaya Workshop: Applying Skillful Means in Daily Life

with Anyana Banerjee & Chris Montone

November 2nd

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  • $125.00 Patron
  • $100.00 Sustaining
  • $75.00 Subsidized
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Room: Main Shrine Room

Upaya, the Sanskrit word for “skillful means”, when performed in concert with wisdom and compassion, brings about enlightened society. In this one-day workshop, we’ll present a toolkit of “skillful means” and, using scenario-based learning, practice applying them to challenging everyday life situations.

This is a Mahayana program intended for those who already have a good foundation in the first turning (Hinayana) teachings of Buddhism. A basic familiarity with the Four Dignities of Shambhala will also be helpful.

About the Facilitators:

Anyana Banerjee has practicing meditation for 18 years as a member of the Shambhala Community. She has been offering meditation instruction and has served as Assistant Director of Shambhala meditation programs since 2008. Anyana works as an Executive coach, leadership development facilitator, and program designer for the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute. Anyana received her doctorate in Adult Learning with a focus on awareness-based practices for leadership development from the University of Georgia in 2010.

Chris Montone has been practicing meditation for 20 years and has been a teacher of Buddhism and a meditation instructor since 2003. He has served as Executive Director of both the Shambhala Meditation Center in Washington, DC (2005-2009) and of Shambhala’s European office in Germany (2009-2012). Chris works as an instructional designer for the White House Communications Agency Training Academy. He  Chris also leads a meditation group for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers at Sibley Hospital.