The Lost Art of Good Conversation Salon

with Shastri Andrea Darby & Mark Seibold

March 6th—April 17th

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    Room: Main Shrineroom

    Have we ever stopped to ask ourselves “What makes for a good conversation?” and “Why does it seem to be getting more and more difficult to have one?” Using Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s most recent book, "The Lost Art of Good Conversation", as our guide, we will explore the question and art of how to have a good converstation. In simple, direct and beguiling prose, Sakyong Mipham proposes that at its essence good conversation comes down to engaging our conversational partners with kindness and compassion and that this leads greater joy and vitality in all that we do.

    The salon will, itself, be structured as an extended conversation. Part discussion group, part practicum, we will use the reflections that accompany each chapter as the bases for exploring and investigating how we personally engage in conversation during the intervening time between meetings. Drop-in are thus welcome, but the salon will be oriented towards regular participants who engage the ideas and examples Sakyong Mipham presents as a way to cultivate their conversational skills.

    Each session will begin with a brief period of sitting meditation followed by tea and snacks and conversation. Instruction will be available on request. 

    Please join us for this seven week salon on exploring the lost art of good conversation.

    Text: Since Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s "The Lost Art of Good Conversation" will be the basis for the salon and daily reflections bwteeen sessions, purchase of the text is strongly recommended. Copies will be available for purchase through the PVSC bookstore.

    Registration: Registration for this salon is not required.
    Pricing: There is no fixed price for participation in this salon but participants are asked to make a donation either on a week-to-week basis or for the whole series.