The Online Cushion Tour: The Lost Art of Good Conversation

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

October 20th—November 18th

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  • $79.00 Program Price
Room: Not at the Sonoma Center

The Lost Art of Good Conversation is a remarkable new book & retreat tour, and, if you can not join the tour, you are invited here to participate in the Online Cushion Tour with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

6 - Week Interactive Course:

Join Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche from your home cushion as he teaches from his book live from Denver, New York and Toronto retreats with a focus on forging a stronger relationship with our friends, family and fellow citizens. He highlights the importance of good conversation in these challenging times—exploring how we can awaken to our lives through the simple act of conversing with others. Through mindfully engaging in the relationships in our lives, we find that the underlying message here is that the people in our world are in dire need of kindness and compassion. Simply by shifting the focus of our life away from our own agenda, we can connect with others and the greater world.

About the Cushion Tour:

The full retreat includes the live events online on Friday and Saturday and a six-week online companion, The Cushion Tour. The online companion features exclusive content and behind-the-scenes footage from the tour as well as the live talks and live panel discussions with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche from each event in Denver, New York and Toronto.

Watch the events live and/or access the content immediately following the event. The package includes:

  • Panel discussions with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and featured guests

  • Retreat days with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and guest teachers

  • Exclusive bonus talks recorded specifically for Cushion Tour by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and guest teachers

Part One: Working with Ourselves  

The first step towards forging a stronger relationship with our friends, family and fellow citizens is to develop the relationship we have with ourselves.

Part Two: Enriching Our Relationships

Mindful conversation has the power to unlock the potential of our relationships. When we converse from a place of authenticity, we enrich the lives of others.

Part Three: Engaging Our World

When we are armed with a sincere belief in the inherent wisdom and compassion of others, we can take our first steps towards being helpful to the world as a whole.

Sonoma’s In-House Cushion Tour Workshop - Part Three: Engaging Our World

Friday evening November 17th, 7pm - 9pm & Saturday 18th, 9am - 5pm

with Shastri Joanne Martin Braun:

Sonoma will host an In-House Cushion Tour Workshop the weekend of the Engaging Our World Toronto event. We invite all who attend the online Cushion Tour to join us for this community event where we will culminate Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s online book tour in our Center on November 17th & 18th, which will include watching recordings (due to the time difference with Toronto) as well as live portions (Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Saturday afternoon talk) of the Toronto event with Shastri Joanne Martin Braun leading us here in-house in Sonoma. This Community event will include plenty of good conversation, food and, of course, meditation.

For more information about the Sonoma’s In-House Cushion Tour Workshop - Engaging Our World, Friday Evening November 17th, 7-9pm & Saturday November 18th, 9am-5pm, go here:

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, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche 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 Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche:

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the Spiritual Leader of the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage and a 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 is a husband and father of three daughters as well as an avid runner. To learn more, visit

We encourage you to sign up for the full Cushion Tour here: (*Special Note: when you sign up using this link, 40% of the cost of the program is given to our Sonoma Center)