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Leadership on the Bodhisattva Path: Integrating Power and Lovewith Miki Kashtan and Oren Jay Sofer

December 17, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Many of us are inspired by the image of the Bodhisattva — the one who vows to work for the relief and liberation of all sentient beings. What does it mean to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha, the first bodhisattva of our time, at a time of environmental degradation, growing gaps between rich and poor nationally and globally, and unprecedented human violence?

We all want to improve personal and professional relationships; to develop stronger presence, greater compassion and better communication. We are beginning to realize, collectively, that individual well-being and fully thriving relationships and communities now require us to respond beyond our individual lives and step into active care for the whole. How do we show up to support ourselves and others in responding to these unprecedented times?

In this workshop, we bring together insights and practices from the Dharma, the later traditions of nonviolence such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nonviolent Communication to examine how we forge a path of courage, love, truth, and great humility and discipline that allows us to continue our personal practice while offering ourselves in service to the whole.

Martin Luther King, Jr., a Christian Bodhisattva, said:
“What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.

In this workshop, we will experientially explore how to:

  • Overcome any aversion to power that prevents us from courageously responding to what we encounter;
  • Work collaboratively with everyone to create a clear, shared purpose that guides our actions;
  • Mobilize resources effectively to attend to what is most important for the benefit of all;
  • Welcome conflict as a call to collaboration;
  • Engage productively with interpersonal, cultural and power differences in service of the whole.

We need not wait to experience peace and happiness, and we need not wait to act compassionately and respond decisively to the needs of our time.

Teachings appropriate for the general public as well as health care professionals. Continuing Education Credit available. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals- this workshop is designed to help you:

  • List practices that support greater freedom in overcoming obstacles for stepping into personal power;
  • Specify the significance of shared purpose for collaboration;
    Identify individual and group advantages of engaging directly with conflict;
  • Communicate the effect of power differences on individual and collective well-being in support of personal and communal strength;
  • Differentiate between personal attitude and structural privilege to support inner and outer conditions for thriving.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.


Spirit Rock Meditation Center
5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Woodacre, CA 94973


Miki Kashtan is Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration and a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC). Miki aims to support visionary leadership and shape a livable future using collaborative tools based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication. She shares these tools through meeting facilitation, consulting, and training for organizations and committed individuals. Her latest book, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working together to Create a Nonviolent Future (2015), explores the practices and systems needed for a collaborative society.

Oren J. Sofer is a teacher and practitioner of Buddhist meditation, Nonviolent Communication and Somatics. He has practiced Buddhist meditation in the Theravada tradition since 1997 and taught NVC since 2006. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma and a current participant in the IMS-Spirit Rock Vipassana Teacher Training Program. His work and teaching brings a strong emphasis to living a path of awakening in our daily lives.


Sliding Scale $75 – $200
($25 for young adults and Seniors)

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December 17, 2016
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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