Shastri Christine Heming will lead a public talk and conversation on "The Power of Kindness" at 16 School St. Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.The event is co-sponsored by the Rockland Shambhala Meditation Center and The Dancing Elephant. The suggested donation is $10 to $15.

Heming will open the evening with a question: Does kindness have the power to transform our lives, our communities, and our world? Her talk will touch on the fact that human relationships overall have become speedy, impersonal and aggressive. She will inquire: do kindness and thoughtfulness have a role in today’s world or are they perceived as weaknesses?

Heming will challenge the audience to consider the consequences of impersonal communications' becoming the norm. At this critical time, she will ask: what is kindness? The evening will include time to reflect, share stories, and perhaps rediscover the power of this human quality.

Heming is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Fostering genuine communication has been a major part of her life’s work. She was a student of the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist master and founder of Shambhala, and is now a student of his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Heming moved to Nova Scotia with her family in 1982 to help establish a dharma center in Halifax. She earned a doctorate in speech science and pathology and taught at Dalhousie University for nine years.

Now retired, she devotes her time to promoting the Shambhala principles of basic goodness and enlightened society in Nova Scotia. She completed a three-year retreat in the Kagyu Buddhist tradition.

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