Kalyana Mitta Network Update

This page is designed to give you updates about happenings within the Kalyana Mitta network. 

Audio from our latest KM half day, offered by Elad Levinson on June 17, 2015, can be found here. This workshop focused on crucial converations.

We offered a KM event on November 1, 2014 at BFUU on Cedar ST in Berkeley with Kate Janke.  if you live in the E Bay and would like to see future KM events in your area, please let us know.

For inspiration, you can listen to audio from a workshop that Elad Levinson lead at Spirit Rock on August 24, 2014.  This workshop focused on Deep Listening.  You can listen to audio from this workshop here

  • Looking at how the Four Foundations of Mindfulness contribute to becoming a deep listener.
  • Noticing and labeling in real time.
  • Applying Dependent Origination to listening.
  • Practicing the skills of external deep listening.
  • Inquiry as a form of deep listening.

Our previous Kalyana Mitta half-day program was on March 9, 2014.  James Baraz and Elad Levinson co-lead this workshop focusing on conflict resolution, how to use the Dharma to make conflict productive when it arises, and how to encourage full participation in a KM meeting. Melanie Speir, one of our KM volunteers, summarized the day in this article.  You can listen to a recording of the workshop on 

In June 2013, James Baraz taught a half-day workshop designed for the hosts, leaders, potential leaders and participants in Kalyana Mitta groups. You can listen to a recording of the workshop on

James wrote, "The real joy in facilitating a group is creating an environment that helps bring out the natural wisdom that each member possesses. Often this is done not by giving the answers but by looking for the Buddha in each participant and asking the right questions which invite that wisdom to emerge."

Our previous Kalyana Mitta workshop, held in November 2012, was lead by Daniel Bowling and Dana Curtis.  You can listen to a recording of the workshop on

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