Awaken Chicago Is For You!

The rumors started floating nearly a year ago.   “Pema Chödrön might come next year with the Sakyong!”  Then there was a long wait and no confirmation.  Finally, in the middle of the summer, we heard: Pema is coming for sure.  She’s coming because she likes the way we are reaching beyond the center.

Ani Pema Chödrön is joining Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in Chicago this spring for the Awaken Chicago Conference, April 29 – May 1, 2016, at the University of Chicago.  You can visit the beautiful Awaken Chicago website at to learn all the details and to register for this conference.

Awaken Chicago is designed for you.  It’s your opportunity to connect, to learn, and to act; to create positive change from the inside out, starting with yourself.  You will have the chance to shift the paradigm inside you and in Chicago.

As Pema Chödrön has written directly to us in Chicago:  “Together we have the power to heal and change the conditions causing violence, trauma, and inequality in the city of Chicago.  Each day of the Awaken Chicago weekend is full of inspirational features that you won’t want to miss . . .   I look forward to seeing you there . . .”

Besides being inspired by the Sakyong and Pema, you will have the opportunity to deepen your meditative experience with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson.  Acharya Ferguson, author of Natural Wakefulness and the recently published Natural Bravery, taught at Shambhala Chicago in 2014 with the Sakyong.   You will meet Rev. angel Kyodo williams, a Sensei, or senior teacher, in the Zen Tradition.  She will talk to us about creating enlightened society, but using different words.  Rev. angel has said, “We want to be in the world in a way that creates the world we dream of.  We want real change. Real change comes from within.”

To save your spot in this exciting, life-changing weekend and to take advantage of the early-bird discount, register now.  Be as generous as possible to allow people without resources to attend.  Share the Awaken Chicago website on your Facebook page.  Tell your friends, family, and colleagues.

Go to for more information and to register.

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