The Mindful Hawaii community meeting at 1 pm Saturday 28 April 2018 was held at Kaito Gakko, next to the Manoa Chinese Cemetery.

The guest presenter was Dr. Dean Nelson of the Kailua Shambhala Meditation Group, which he founded in 1996. Dr. Dean Nelson is a licensed chiropractor, acupuncturist, author of “Don’t Waste Pain,” and is dedicated to the integration of mind and body medicine. Dean is a practicing Tibetan Buddhist and student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a meditation master and teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. Dr. Nelson will share with us some of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s insights with an emphasis on the Rinpoche’s vision for an Enlightened Society.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was an early pioneer of Tibetan Buddhism in America. The Rinpoche’s work to spread Tibetan Buddhism in the west was marked by many achievements. He wrote and published many notable books to make Tibetan Buddhism accessible to the west and, he established Naropa University, America’s first contemplative university, in Boulder, Colorado just to name a few achievements.

Like Alexis de Tocqueville, the famous French Historian and Political Thinker, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was also a keen observer of life in America, especially the inner life of its citizens. In his travels, teachings and conversations he saw how deeply attached people were to the idea of individualism and how it worked to fragment, isolate, and tear at the seams of relationships and community. The enlightened society and Shambhala warriorship are the Rinpoche’s counter balances to the fragmentation and loneliness wrought by too much me-ism. It’s also meaningful in the context of responses to the fear and turmoil humanity is witnessing today.

Dr. Nelson may touch upon the Rinpoche’s thoughts about cutting through spiritual materialism and will also lead us in some brief meditation sessions.