Communication as a Spiritual Practice with Oren Jay Sofer

Monday April 26th, 2021
7:30PM-9PM PDT

What conditions support dialogue? How can we express ourselves openly, honestly and clearly in a way that creates more understanding? How can we hear the essence of what others are saying, even when they speak in ways we find challenging to hear? Communication is at the heart of our lives – personally, professionally, and spiritually. Drawing upon the Buddha’s teachings of mindfulness and Right Speech, plus the modern disciplines of Nonviolent Communication and trauma healing, Oren will share essential practices to help create the conditions for meaningful conversations. 

Oren's Bio:

Oren has practiced meditation in the early Buddhist tradition since 1997, beginning his studies in Bodh Gaya, India with Anagarika Munindra and Godwin Samararatne. He is a long-time student of Joseph Goldstein, Michele McDonald, and Ajahn Sucitto, and a graduate of the IMS - Spirit Rock Vipassana Teacher Training, and current member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council.

Oren is the author of Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication, a practical guidebook for having more effective, satisfying conversations. He is also co-author of two books on teaching mindfulness to teens and adolescents: The Mindful Schools Curriculum for Adolescents and Teaching Mindfulness to Empower Teens.

Oren first became interested in contemplative practice in high school, when he picked up a little book called The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. He went on to complete a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University, and later spent two and a half years of living as an Anagarika (renunciate) at branch monasteries in the Ajahn Chah Thai Forest lineage. Today, his teaching combines classical Buddhist training with the accessible language of secular mindfulness.