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Location: Shambhala Online

Peacemaking and Sustaining the Heart of Compassion

1:00-3:00 pm ET

Suggested Donation $10

About the Session

If we can stay with the soft spot and stay with the tender heart, 

then we are cultivating the seeds of peace.

—Pema Chödron, Practicing Peace in Times of War

Join Venerable Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten and Chaplain Alley Smith in session to examine the dynamic work of peacemaking. Together, we will explore our attitudes toward aggression and how we can remain fearless and kind—even in the midst of anxiety, fear, and anger. We will also practice Shamatha or “calm abiding” meditation and engage in a community discussion on how we can nourish the seeds of peace and compassion in our everyday lives.

This gathering is in loving memory of Professor Arline Saturdayborn, 

University of Southern Maine.

You Will Gain:

  • An opportunity to receive meditation instruction from a Tibetan monastic
  • A community discussion on sustainable compassion 
  • An opportunity to reflect on war and world peace 
  • An opportunity to practice meditation in community from the comforts of your own home and/or practice space
  • Q&A with a Buddhist Monastic and ordained Buddhist Chaplain who both serve in higher education

What to Bring:

  • A journal
  • An open heart and mind
  • Mala beads [optional]


No Prerequisites. Open to all levels of experience.

Recommended Reading Material (Not Required):

Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chödron

Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh 

Love your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier by Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman

Healing Anger by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

About the Teachers


Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten (Chaplain and Lecturer of Buddhist Studies at Maitripa College) has been a nun since 2003.  Buddhist since her teenage years, Ven. Yönten moved to Australia and studied extensively under Gyurmé Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering (at Chenrezig Institute, AU) from 2002-2009 before moving to India to study at Thosamling Institute 2010-2011. In 2012, she became an accredited In-Depth Registered Teacher with FPMT and was requested to become the Resident Teacher at Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre in New South Wales, Australia where she remained for three years and frequently visited up until the pandemic. 

From 2015 onwards, Ven. Yönten was mainly based in New Zealand at Mahamudra Centre. During that period, she divided her time between leading retreats in New Zealand and teaching Philosophy at Human Spirit: Buddhist Psychoanalytic Training Program in Israel, as well as offering classes and retreats in various parts of Europe, until she moved back to the USA in 2021. 

Prior to joining Maitripa College, Yönten-la offered retreats and courses at Vajrapani Institute and Land of Medicine Buddha – both in California. She also has experience in hospice work and palliative care, as well as a deep commitment to social justice and a love of animals.

Contact email: [email protected]

If you would like to send a Heart Gift via Paypal to Venerable Yönten: [email protected]

Chaplain Alley Smith is a Shambhala Buddhist Minister of Religion (Upadhyaya) at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She also holds 10 precepts in Korean Zen Buddhism. Alley is a US military war veteran. During her career, Alley served with the military funeral honors teams in the US Marine Corps and Navy Reserve. She specializes in teaching Buddhism, spiritual care, mortuary affairs and as a funeral clergy. Alley is deeply influenced by Pure Land, Shin and Vajrayana. Alley has lectured on Buddhist topics at Smith College, Dartmouth, Harvard, Cornell, Yale and Brown. She has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism and Zen since 1999.

Contact email: [email protected]

2024-06-23 14:12:14