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Date & Time Details:
Friday 16th 5pm - 9pm
Saturday 17th 7am - 9pm
Sunday 18th 7am - 5pm

Location: San Francisco Dharma Collective, San Francisco, CA

Address: San Francisco Dharma Collective, 2701 Folsom, San Francisco 94110

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Wisdom Rising Dialogue Series

With Lama Willa Miller, Lama Rod Owens, Karla Jackson-Brewer, MacAndrew Jack, Eve Ekman, Rev. Grace Schireson, Ph.D., Carol Merchasin, Christopher Crotty, Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton and Polly Ryan, MA, MFT

August 16 - 18, 2019

The Power of Leadership

Whether we look at the recent painful events that have transpired within individual Buddhist communities around sexual assault and misuse of power, or simply observe the results of old patterns of “command and control” currently used in places of leadership in our own communities, it is clear that dialogue is needed to uncover the ways in which unhealthy uses of power, privilege, and domination intersect and affect our daily lives. As Buddhist practitioners and as members of our local communities, how we can find tangible and practical solutions that can trigger positive change?

Inspired by the teachings of Lama Tsultrim Allione on the importance of bringing the wisdom of the empowered and enlightened feminine into every aspect of our lives, the Wisdom Rising Dialogue Series offers an opportunity to reflect, interact, and engage in transformative discussions to awaken a new collective narrative that can advance positive change in our communities and societies.

As we mark our 25th Anniversary, we offer the first of a five-year series of gatherings where inspiring guest panelists will share their voice, vision, and wisdom in a weekend of constructive and supportive dialogue centered around a key subject of relevance to our communities in the West. In 2019, we will focus on leadership and power, asking questions such as:

  • What is the biggest challenge we face as we think of leadership and the use of power?
  • How can we provide a safe environment in our communities so that power is informed by wisdom and compassion?
  • What practical tools and guidance can we use to recognize the boundaries that can be created to foster healthy connections with leaders, teachers, and guides?
  • How can we as individuals identify problems, provide support and guidance, and prevent misuse of power by those in leadership roles?
  • And, how can we strive to be enlightened leaders using power coupled with wisdom and compassion?

We hope to inspire panelists and participants to:

  • Articulate and identify core challenges we face as a broad Western Buddhist community and society.
  • Engage in recognizing the source of encumbered states, patterns, and systems that affect our communities..
  • Uncover and sketch a set of practices, tools, and plans that can advance positive, transformative change in our individual lives and in our broader communities.
  • Above all, collaborate and commit to create a shift from old paradigms and advance enlightened, inclusive, and compassionate ideas and patterns of collective engagement in our world.

This weekend of dialogue will include panel sessions and participant involvement. Every morning we will begin with a guided mindfulness meditation practice before centering our attention on this important and timely subject.

This event will take place at San Francisco Dharma Collective in San Francisco, CA.


Please can you bring your own cushion for floor seating. If you requite a chair please add this note in ‘Additional Comments’ on the registration form.

Suggested Dana: $160 – $200


Lama Willa Miller
Lama Willa has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for the last thirty years in the non-sectarian Kagyu, Nyingma and Shangpa lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. She completed two three year retreats in the nineties, and teaches Tibetan Buddhist practice, meditation and yoga in the Northeast. Her teaching interests…
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Lama Rod Owens
Lama Rod Owens is an author, activist, and authorized Lama (Buddhist Teacher) in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Rod is the co-founder of Bhumisparsha, a Buddhist tantric practice and study community. Lama Rod is also a teacher with the Daishin Zen Buddhist Temple, the Urban Yoga Foundation, Inward…
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Karla Jackson-Brewer
Karla Jackson-Brewer, MS, Tara Mandala Authorized Teacher, has been practicing Chöd for 28 years and has assisted Lama Tsultrim on many Chöd retreats. Since 2013, she has taught Chöd with Lama Tsultrim and Lopon Chandra Easton. Karla is a founder of Sine Qua Non: Allies in Healing, an Integrative Therapy…
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MacAndrew Jack
MacAndrew Jack is a psychologist in Boulder, Colorado and a leading clinician, educator, and writer in the integration of Buddhist  psychology and meditation with psychotherapy. He has been a Buddhist practitioner for more than twenty years, and has been a student of Lama Tsultrim since 2003.  He is a past…
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Eve Ekman
Eve Ekman, Ph.D., MSW, is the Director of Training at the Greater Good Science Center, Eve is an experienced speaker, researcher, and group facilitator with a unique background ideally suited to training individuals and organizations in the science of happiness, resilience, compassion, mindfulness, and emotional awareness. Eve creates dynamic trainings adapted…
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Rev. Grace Schireson, Ph.D.
Rev. Grace Schireson, Ph.D. Grace has trained extensively in American and Japanese Zen in both the Soto and Rinzai schools.  She has also received a Ph.D., from the Wright Institute in Clinical Psychology and a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology from Antioch University and has practiced professionally as a clinician…
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Carol Merchasin
Carol Merchasin is a lawyer (retired) and former partner in the Philadelphia office of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius where she was the director of Morgan Lewis Resources, providing training on harassment and discrimination as well as investigation services for clients. Ms. Merchasin is an experienced investigator who has conducted dozens…
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Christopher Crotty
Chris Crotty, M.A., is a Buddhist teacher and pastoral counselor. He was authorized to teach in the western insight (vipassana) tradition in 2015, and in 2016 was encouraged to teach vipassana and metta by the Venerable Sayadaw U Indaka (Chanmyay Myaing, Myanmar). Chris’s teaching combines Theravada Buddhism’s emphasis on insight…
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Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton
Dorje Lopön Chandra Easton, Buddhist teacher and translator, studied Buddhism and Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives in Dharamsala, India, founded by H.H. Dalai Lama. She later received her degree from UCSB’s religious studies department at which time she co-translated Sublime Dharma, A Compilation of Two…
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Polly Ryan, MA, MFT
Polly Ryan, MA, MFT has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 1992. She has also studied with B. Alan Wallace for over two decades. Under the tutelage of B. Alan Wallace, she has studied Shamatha, The Four Applications of Mindfulness, Seven Point Mind Training, The Four Immeasurables,…
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