Mind of Sadness: Service and SpiritualityOctober 20th, 2010
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About the Presentation
An active spiritual life includes the recognition of our common humanity and interconnectedness with all living beings. A crucial way in which this insight comes to fruition is in service to others. This is engagement which does not measure itself or look for rewards, but moves on tender appreciation for life in all its forms. In my tradition, Vajyrayana Buddhism, it is called heart drop or the mind of sadness. This does not refer to tears or depression over the endless suffering that life offers, but rather to a softness towards the rawness of life and a willingness to be in touch with it.
About the Presenter
Tania Leontov, MNM, MA has an undergraduate degree from Antioch College, B.S. from Columbia University, MNM, Master of Non Profit Management from Regis University, MA: certificate in Religious Studies from Regis University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Union Graduate School.
She is Executive Director of The Collaborative Community, an organization that includes the following projects: Restoring the Soul: Faith and Community Partnerships, a nonprofit engaged in educating about volunteerism and creating and supporting faith community partnerships and collaborations with human service agencies in Boulder County, and Focus, a reentry mentoring program in partnership with the Boulder County Jail and 20th Judicial District Probation Department.
Ms. Leontov is also an adjunct Faculty at Regis University Colorado, teaching online for the MNM (Masters of Nonprofit Management),Graduate Department, and in the School of Humanities, Undergraduate Religion and Philosophy Department. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award for Online Courses, 2006.
She was the Founder and CEO of Shelter International, a private enterprise developing low impact tourism in Tibet and consulting on tourism with the government of the Tibet Autonomous Region.1986-1989. Also, she was Co-owner and Operations Manager simultaneously of four private hospitality enterprises in Boulder, CO. 1975-1984
She serves as a volunteer consultant to nonprofits including RSVP Boulder County (Board member), Boulder County Social Services (Foster and Adopt), There with Care, Circle of Care, Crestview Christian Church, Aish Kodesh Congregation, Church of the Resurrection (Episcopal), Parent Engagement Network , etc. In addition, she volunteered 1800 hours with Americorps.
She is a founding member (25 years) of the Snowmass Interfaith Conference directed by Father Thomas Keating, and co-author of The Common Heart (Lantern 2006), dialogues from the Snowmass Interfaith Conference retreats. She also currently serves as administrator for Snowmass Inter-Spiritual Consulting, a nonprofit iteration of the Snowmass Interfaith Conference.