The Four Dignities of Investigating Whiteness and Racism

with Jonathan Kirkendall & Gabe Dayley

February 22nd—February 24th

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  • $135.00 Patron Price
  • $110.00 Program Price
  • Or, pay what you can afford (enter amount when registering online, or pay on site)
Room: WPFC Carriage House


This weekend will offer an introductory investigation of race, whiteness, and systemic racism for meditation practitioners who identify as white, providing a foundation from which white meditators can begin the path of exploring their own social conditioning and cultivate tools to support them in confronting systemic racism and oppression in our society.

The workshop follows the path of the Four Dignities, a central element of the Shambhala teachings and framework for the warrior's journey. Integrating Dharma teachings and embodied contemplative practices with material from the study of race, peacebuliding, and history, we will employ the Tiger, Lion, Garuda, and Dragon as guides for how we can show up with fearlessness and gentleness to address racism in our community and society.

Meditation Experience: Participants should have experience with shamatha meditation as presented in an introductory Shambhala program or another Buddhist tradition.


Friday, February 22, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 23, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, February 24, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Please note: Attendance on the Friday evening, February 22, is required for participating in the remainder of the weekend.

Why a course for white people? In creating enlightened society, we all have a responsibility to apply the Dharma to addressing suffering in our world. This includes white Shambhala members investigating their own social conditioning as white people and how this impacts people of color in Shambhala and in society. Many people of color throughout the Shambhala community in North America have urged white people to do this important work in a setting that does not burden people of color with being the educators. The Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center is offering this course in that spirit.

Questions?  Please contact Stephanie.

About our pricing: The Patron Price helps us to offer teachings to those who can't afford the program price. Our Generosity Policy is available if the Program Price is too high. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The Repeat Price is for those who would like to take the program again.