The Lost Art of Good Conversation:
A Book Discussion Salon

with Betsy Heeney & Tom Burkhart

November 29th—January 3rd (2018)

Date details +
  • $90.00 Suggested Contribution
  • or pay what you are able to afford
Room: Main Shrine Room

About the Book

In a world of iPhones and connectivity to social media and email, we are all in constant connection with one another. Then why are so many people feeling burned out, distant from colleagues, and abandoned by family and friends? In this new book from the bestselling author of Running with the Mind of Meditation, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche uses the basic principles of the Shambhala tradition - meditation and a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings - to help readers to listen and speak more mindfully with loved ones, co-workers, strangers, and even ourselves. 

About the Salons

In this six-week series of discussion salons*, we will discuss the Introduction and first five chapters of The Lost Art of Good Conversation. The salons will include guided meditation, a brief talk on that week’s reading, and discussion that incorporates contemplations from the Sakyong’s book.  The Lost Art of Good Conversation is available for purchase at the Baltimore Shambhala Center.


This series is open to all. No previous meditation experience needed!

Reading schedule: 

November 29 - Introduction

December 6 - Chapter 1

December 13 - Chapter 2

December 20 - Chapter 3

December 27 - Chapter 4

January 3 - Chapter 5

 *If there is sufficient interest, we plan to continue to schedule further salons in six-week intervals on different days of the week to continue our community discussion of this engaging text. If you are not able to participate in this first round, keep an eye out for the next series!

* Program tuition does not include the text; there are copies available for purchase at the Center as well as on retailers such as Amazon.

About the Sakyong

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage and the global network of more than 200 Shambhala Meditation Centers. With a unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives, his teachings focus on living a courageous life based on wisdom, kindness and compassion. He also holds the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the author of five books including the bestselling Turning the Mind into an Ally. He is a husband, father of three daughters, and avid runner. Through the Sakyong Foundation, he engages in supporting organizations and projects whose activities exemplify the Shambhala vision in Asia and the West. To learn more, visit