Mitra Lee Worley – Teaching Presence

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

kelly-sikkema--BwtFJgaUho-unsplashJoin Nalandabodhi Philadelphia and the Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia for an evening of dharma with Nalandabodhi’s Mitra Lee Worley at Shambhala Center! Mitra Lee will offer instruction related to her 2018 book, Teaching Presence: Field Notes for Players. The book shares Lee’s pioneering efforts developing Naropa University’s Master of Arts program in Contemplative Education, and features embodied pedagogies and practices for both classrooms and everyday life. People of all physical abilities can participate in this program. (Find information on Mitra Lee’s all-day program on Sunday, 9/29 here.)

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia is 5 blocks from SEPTA’s Regional Rail Suburban Station. Parking suggestions available here.

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Details: Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Shambhala Meditation Center, 2030 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Parking suggestions available here. This program is open to all.


LEE WORLEY is a Professor Emeritus of Performance and Contemplative Education of Naropa University. Under the guidance of Chögyam Trungpa she began to study Mudra Space Awareness in 1974 and is one of a handful of authorized Mudra teachers. The work forms the basis of her method of Contemplative Performance training. She is a practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism and holds the title “Mitra” (Spiritual Friend) in Nalandabodhi under the direction of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Lee is the author of two books: Coming From Nothing: the Sacred Art of Acting and Teaching Presence: Field Notes for Players.

Mitra Lee was born in Glen Cove, New York. She graduated from Mt. Holyoke College with a BA in English and Drama, and later from The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Her acting career led her to discover Buddhism in 1973 while attending a theater conference in Boulder, Colorado, where she was invited to teach acting at the Naropa Institute. While teaching, she began meditating and attending talks by Naropa’s founder Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

In 1975, Chögyam Trungpa asked Lee to head the Theater Studies program at Naropa. While shepherding the theater program through its early years, she also helped launch the Ngedon School of Buddhist Studies. In 1996, Lee received an MA in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University.

Lee met Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at Naropa and became his student. She took on the role of practice coordinator in Boulder, and then of national practice coordinator for Nalandabodhi. Lee was appointed as a Mitra in 2005, and currently oversees the Path of Meditation within the Mitra Council.

As a practitioner, Lee aims to be a champion of meditation both on and off the cushion. “I look for the truth that underlies the dharma,” she says, “and seek ways to bring it into moment-to-moment life beyond any dogma.”

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