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Wise Action is a series of conversations about how to act more effectively for the greater good, individually, interpersonally, in community, or in society.

These conversations draw on Trungpa Rinpoche’s Buddhispala teachings and pith instructions about engaging situations. From that, we start with the model that any action we take has a natural rhythm that calls for moving in turn (sometimes very rapidly, sometimes over years) through openness, active curiosity, coming to a decision, making a direct move, holding your seat and working with feedback, and moving on cleanly.

In these five sessions, we looked at and learn from our own experiences as illuminated by this model and by Rinpoche’s instructions, illuminated by perspectives from systems thinking, social innovation, military theory, and other disciplines.

About the Instructors

Michael Chender started studying with Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970, and was a senior teacher and meditation instructor in the Buddhist and Shambhala streams of Trungpa Rinpoche’s teachings. He was the founder of the Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership (now ALIA). A founding force in this website as well as Wayside Initiative. Michael is sorely missed by the enourmous number of people whose lives he improved.