Saturday, Oct. 10th. 3-6pm

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What’s Shame Got to Do With It?:

Exploring Shame, Contempt and Disgust through a Contemplative Lens

Most of us would do almost anything to avoid feeling shame, an emotion that creates a feeling that we are fundamentally flawed. Transforming this emotion must be done through careful examination from all sides from its evolutionary purpose to its contemporary manifestations in “cancel culture.”  Additionally we can examine our other “self conscious” emotions of contempt, disgust, and guilt — these emotions which perpetuate the judgement and “othering” that further polarizes us from others and degrades our ability to engage with our full hearts of empathy.

We will unpack the scientific understanding of shame, contempt, guilt, and disgust and consider their impact on our lived daily experiences. We will consider: Are these emotions to be avoided at all costs? Is there any purpose to these emotions, do these emotions have any kind of a message for us? How can we learn to manage these emotions mindfully and with compassion?

Join Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi as she explores these emotions with Dr. Eve Ekman, a foremost emotions researcher. Dr. Ekman is the director of Cultivating Emotional Balance and has been exploring burnout, shame and other emotions in her teaching and research.

This offering will include a conversation between Eve and Tenzin, guided contemplative practice and plenty of time for questions from the participants. We will be weaving in a discussion of the significance of these emotions to the critical questions of our world’s need for global compassion, from common humanity to planetary care.

About the Speakers

Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi first became interested in meditation and Buddhism after reading Be Here Now and early translations of Buddhist sutras in the early 1970s. Then in early 1991 she became a student of Tibetan Buddhism, studying in India and Nepal with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Venerable Tenzin was director of Vajrapani Institute, co-director the FPMT International Office, and coordinator of FPMT Center Services from 1992 to 2000. She also completed several long meditation retreats over a six-year period. Venerable Tenzin took novice ordination in 2004 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2006 she became a touring teacher in the FPMT, teaching at various centers around the world, as well as visiting prisons on behalf of the Liberation Prison Project.

Venerable Tenzin is authorized by the FPMT to teach at both the foundational and in-depth levels, as well as teaching the a.r.t. of Fulfillment, Cultivating Emotional Balance (a secular program developed by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman) and Compassion Cultivation Training, a program developed by Geshe Thubten Jinpa and colleagues at Stanford University. She has been one of the resident teachers at Land of Medicine Buddha since August 2018.

Dr. Eve Ekman

Eve Ekman is a Senior Fellow at the University of California Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, Director of Cultivating Emotional Balance Training Program and volunteer clinical faculty at the UCSF Department of Pediatrics. Ekman draws from an interdisciplinary set of skills and knowledge from her professional work and personal practice in clinical social work,  integrative medicine, emotional awareness, contemplative science, and meditation.

Ekman’s inspiration for research and training were inspired by her experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital coupled with her training in emotion awareness and meditation intervention which she now leads: Cultivating Emotional Balance, CEB.


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Date(s): Saturday, Oct. 10th. 3-6pm
Times: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Instructor/Leader: Eve Ekman, Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi
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Number of sessions: One afternoon
Level: Open to All
Participation: Online
Location: Online Via Zoom
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