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Giveaway: Being Brave Live Stream

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Our friends in the Shambhala International community are preparing to host a retreat in the Bay Area with Sakyong Mipham and Pema Chödrön! We’re delighted to share the event details with you on their behalf.

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.

For a chance to win a ticket to the online live stream of the retreat, leave a comment below sharing your thoughts on the meaning of bravery. We’ll choose three winners at noon EDT on Friday, April 25, 2014! Congratulations to our winners! Thank you all for your comments. Please come back soon for more giveaways.

Get tickets to the live event in Richmond, California here. Register for the online live stream here. Contribute to the scholarship fund to help others attend this retreat here.

171 thoughts on “Giveaway: Being Brave Live Stream

  1. To me bravery is moving straight into the vulnerable space and, despite fear being present, having an inner sense that I am bigger than my fear ~ and that, even though I can’t control the outcome I can still open my heart and mind, move forward with grace, compassion for myself and others.

  2. Bravery is living now with openness and love to the entirety of all you have generated. No blame no guilt towards yourself – (no need to even imply others). Simply Joy with this moment and this moment and this moment.

  3. Being brave is being present to life as it is in that moment. Being brave is being vulnerable, but knowing that I am worthy. Being brave is not hiding from fear and anxiety about what might happen, but inviting them in, observing, and learning from them, then being able to let go and move into the next moment without an agenda. It was easier to be brave and to talk about bravery when I had not lost my job. I have to remind myself several times a day what it means to be brave and keep my head up, inviting the fear of not knowing what the future holds.

  4. Bravery is taking time to feel in this moment. Acknowledge what is up for me, ask
    for guidance from my inner sources. For me this means taking time out of
    being eternally busy, and stop everything. It is challenging. Camille F. April 21, at 5:22pm

  5. To be brave right now, in the midst of profound confusion and challenges bigger than i seam to understand, would be to stop fully, to have the courage to find out what it means to be true to me- dare to yet again go deeper and listen, despite the pain which is there and have the courage to wait in faith until I know how to proceed in life

  6. one can silently reflect, make simple actions at the right time, consider what may come forward and accept people and the outer environments truthfully.

  7. A little dog droped into my life – with fear here and fear there , fear everywhere
    we loved to train everyday things he is afraid of are more illusion – and wow – energy is growing by overcoming – fear of beeing in water – fear of walking on metal – fear of balls – fear of ballons – fear of children – he starts growing and blooming like a flower after meeting the sun – seeing him growing brave makes my heart so happy !
    Hopefully I am someones dog too!

  8. I needed 75 years to learn bravery. I was a victim of domestic violence as a child. I raised my younger sibling along with my alcoholic mother and schizophrenic father. After 30+ years of therapy I weaved my thoughts and feelings and began to honor survivalism. Even the Ph.D. in psychotherapy did little to increase my sense of self, as social anxiety held me tight. Only understanding that Buddha opened my awareness to mindfulness, have I begun to walk on the path towards bravery.

  9. Bravery occurs in every moment we choose to live our lives in awareness, every moment we choose vulnerability, every moment we leave “self” behind as motive. Bravery is an action, but on a deeper level, bravery is a way of being, living from an open heart and with willing intention to cause no harm in the world. Can we achieve this perfectly? No. But with courage and bravery we will leave a little trail of peace behind. And, if we are to leave a trail as humans, let us be brave enough to make it peaceful.

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