presentersBeing Brave Webcast Registration



You are warmly invited to join Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön — two of the world’s beloved spiritual leaders — for the live webcast of their upcoming meditation retreat, entitled “Being Brave: Is Enlightened Society Possible?” which takes place on May 2–4, in Richmond, California.


Drawing on the depths of Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, Being Brave will explore how meditation practice develops a greater sense of interconnectedness, and rouses strength to cultivate enlightened society.

How can we apply inner peace and bravery to develop outer compassionate action? Global spiritual wisdom speaks to an inner and outer transformation. When we open our hearts to meet fear with bravery, we can begin to connect with the fundamental practice of compassion and the recognition of our shared humanity.


Times shown are PDT (Gmt-3). For detailed schedule with contemplation prompts, click here.

Friday Evening
7:00 p.m. – Shastri Sandra Ladley: Welcome to the webcast
7:15 p.m. – Acharya Adam Lobel:  Introduction, presentation of the teachers

7:30 p.m. – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: Bravery and Basic Goodness in times of challenge

9:30 p.m. – Close

Saturday Morning

9:00 a.m. – Acharya Adam Lobel:  Welcome and meditation instruction, short sit

9:30 a.m. – Ani Pema Chödrön:  Working with fear and anger regarding the state of the world

11:30 a.m. – Announcements and present Affinity Circles

12 – 12:45 p.m.  – Lunch 

Saturday Afternoon / Evening

1:00 p.m. –  Affinity Gatherings

2:00 p.m. – Acharya Adam Lobel:  Welcome back and short sit

2:30 p.m. – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: Shambhala Meditation: feeling, being, touching

4:30 p.m. – Early dismissal

Sunday Morning

8:00 a.m. – Q & A with Shastri Sandra Ladley

9:00 a.m. – Acharya Adam Lobel:  Welcome, review meditation instructions, and sit

10:00 a.m. – Ani Pema Chödrön: Enlightened Society

11:45 a.m. – Announcements

12 – 12:45 p.m. –  Lunch

Sunday Afternoon / Evening

1:00 p.m. –  Affinity Gatherings

2:00 p.m. – Bishop Marc Andrus: Spiritual Compassionate Action

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.  –  Break

3:30 p.m. – Panel discussion: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Ani Pema Chödrön & Bishop Marc Andrus, interviewed by President Richard Reoch 

4:45 p.m. – Acharya Adam Lobel:  Concluding remarks

5:00 p.m. – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche:  Concluding talk 

6:00 p.m. – Affinity information and announcements

6:30 p.m. – Close

Live streaming event hosted by Shastri Sandra Ladley



Tips to Ensure a Good Webcast Experience
After you register…
  • Open the link to the Being Brave webcast sent in your confirmation email.
  • Test your connection by playing the Welcome video; if you can see and hear the video, the webcast should work for you.
  • Attend one of these scheduled live tests if you have any concerns:

    Saturday April 26, 10am – 11am Pacific
    Sunday April 27, 1pm – 2pm Pacific
    Thursday May 1, 4pm – 5pm Pacific

Contact [email protected] any time with questions.

Just before the webcast…
  • Restart your computer; close other tabs on your browser; close applications you are not using.
  • Turn off other devices that draw on Internet — computers, phones, tablets.
During the webcast…
  • If you experience any lag or buffering (a spinning wheel appears on the video screen), check to see that other tabs and windows are closed, other devices are off or in airplane mode.
  • Click the arrow to restart the video stream where you left off. Note: If you click on the red Live button, you will skip forward and miss some of the talk.
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