• Awaken Chicago!

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  • Dynamic, cutting-edge speakers

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  • CONNECT, LEARN, ACT … Change the conditions causing inequality and violence in Chicago

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  • CONNECT: Create a genuine connection with individuals from all over the city and beyond

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  • LEARN: Deepen your understanding of the causes and effects of trauma and prejudice

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  • ACT: Reach deeply within ourselves for the bravery, courage and mutual respect to commit to change

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  • If we can feel confident in our goodness, it will illuminate our life and society. – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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  • . . . white people can no longer ignore what is going on. I am one of them. . . . there has got to be a way for us to move toward justice for all . . . – Pema Chödrön

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  • . . . the irrelevance of the systems that continue to privilege small groups of people is laid bare now.  . . .There’s no such thing as being neutral. You’re either playing along with how things are or you are disrupting them and turning them on their head. . . – Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, Radical Dharma

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  • We are, then, the artists of our lives and of our collective destiny, co-creating a disastrous or healthy future: it’s up to us.  May all our innate seeds of natural bravery flower as communities of compassionate courage.”  — Gaylon Ferguson, author of Natural Bravery:  Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening

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Awaken Chicago: The Power of all People. Together.
Over 700 people participated in the April 29 – May 1, 2016 Awaken Chicago Conference!
Awaken Chicago was a pivotal weekend event within a movement to change the conditions causing violence, isolation and inequality in Chicago.

Together we will keep “. . . learning from and supporting each other as we inspire change in ourselves and society. Together we can help alleviate the suffering of our neighbors and celebrate each other’s joy.” —The Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche

“ . . . when things fall apart, well, that’s the big opportunity to change.”  –Pema Chodron

Together we continue to connect, learn, and act to change these conditions through the Awaken Chicago partner organization events listed below and under “About” as On-going Events