If you are reading this, you likely share this question with those of us who work as part of Shambhala Mountain Center, and the tens of thousands of people who make up our global audience:
How are we going to do this?
How can we live together, on this planet, in a way that is genuine, inspired, and sustainable?
Last summer, we hosted the first Annual Wisdom in Action conference, in which a couple hundred people came together to reflect on these essential questions, and offer the insights of their minds, hearts, and various spiritual traditions.
In the opening address, Acharya Fleet Maull presented the possibility of realizing the inherent goodness of society, and engaging in our worldly lives with this view as our basis, rather than falling into an extremely tempting (and easy) cynical frame of mind.
We hope you find this clip inspiring, challenging, and ultimately enjoyable.
Shambhala Mountain Center hosts the 2nd Annual Wisdom in Action, July 27-31 — click here to learn more!
About the Authors
Fleet Maull is an intrepid social activist/peacemaker and itinerant meditation teacher who travels the world leading retreats, peacemaker trainings, prison programs and transformational seminars. He is an empowered senior teacher in two Buddhist lineages, as an Acharya in the international Shambhala Buddhist Community and a Sensei in the Zen Peacemaker Order. FleetMaull.com
Travis Newbill is a writer, musician, and aspirant on the path of meditation. He currently resides at Shambhala Mountain Center, where he handles the SMC Blog, and other marketing tasks. He also gives tours of the Great Stupa and is empowered as a Shambhala Guide — a preliminary teaching position. TravisNewbill.com twitter: @travisnewbill
I found Fleet’s explanation of basic goodness clear and helpful. Thank you.