An 'Art of Good Conversation' Workshop: True Listening

with Dr. Paul Gerstmayr

January 13th

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  • £12 Full Price
Room: London meditation hall

Based on "The Lost Art of Good Conversation: A Mindful Way to Connect with others and Enrich Everyday Life", the latest book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

These workshops will explore through discussion, reflection and practice, the techniques presented here for deepening our connection with others and initiating a more confident and positive way of relating with the people in our lives and everyone we encounter. 

This workshop examines Chapter 22 - True Listening:

By learning to really listen in everyday conversations, we can engage more fully in the thoughts of others, and are able to respond more deeply, with an understanding of their emotional and psychological being. We develop greater empathy and warmth which makes others more open with us, and strengthens their desire to communicate with us genuinely.

True listening is a skill that we develop. It is not always easy. In this era of technological communication and emotional unavailability, all too often there is more speaking than listening.

Paul Gerstmayr, the Director of Practice and Education in London, will lead this workshop which includes guided meditation, a talk, and discussion using one of the contemplations from the Sakyong’s book.

Open to all — no previous meditation experience needed

Arrival from 6pm, Good Conversation begins at 6.30pm

£12 (£8 concessions price - please enquire at [email protected] for more details)

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, the Sakyong 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 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, and The Lost Art of Good Conversation, coming October 17, 2017 from Harmony Books. 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

Workshop Leader: Paul Gerstmayr

Shambhala London's former newsletter and blog editor, Paul Gerstmayr is a German-Korean Shambhala Guide and student of the Sakyong, with an upbringing and foundation in Korean and Japanese Zen and Pure Land Buddhism. Growing up, he also had the fortune of meeting several Tibetan and Bhutanese teachers, who directed him towards the Shambhala community, the Sakyong, and the Shambhala Terma teachings. Professionally, Paul studies and teaches Sanskrit, Pali, and yoga; and submitted a PhD in Sanskrit (on Tantra) this summer. At the London Centre,  Paul was appointed Director of Practice and Education in October 2017.