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One Zen master has said that “The mind of unity is easy to achieve; it is the mind of difference that is difficult to attain." Now, more than ever, we need to work with our differences: Personality differences, gender differences, cultural differences, differences in assumptions, values, and beliefs. This Contemplation by Design keynote lecture by Diane Musho Hamilton will give participants access to unity and shared humanity, as well as offer skills for including our differences.
·      Sameness and difference in the body
·      Soothe through listening; energize through expression
·      Look at difference through a developmental lens
·      Meditation for deeper unity.

To extend the themes of this lecture, Diane will also lead an experiential workhop titled, "Evolving World Views" on Oct. 30 from 1:00-3:00pm. Register for the experiential workshop here.

Diane Musho Hamilton is a Zen teacher, author, professional mediator, and facilitator. She has been a practitioner of meditation for more than 35 years. 

Diane began her studies at Naropa University in 1983 with Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche, and became a Zen student of Genpo Dennis Merzel Roshi in 1997. In 2003, she received ordination as a Zen monk and received dharma transmission in 2006. Diane facilitates Big Mind Big Heart, a process developed by Genpo Roshi to help elicit the insights of Zen in Western audiences. She has worked with Ken Wilber and the Integral Institute since 2004.

As the first Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Utah Judiciary, Diane established mediation programs throughout the court system and won several prestigious awards for her work in this area.

Diane lives in Utah, where she is the Executive Director of Two Arrows Zen, a center for Zen study and practice, established in 2008 with her husband Michael Mugaku Zimmerman. 

She is the author of Everything is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution,
(Shambhala Publications, 2013) and The Zen of You and Me: A Guide to Getting Along
with Just About Anyone
, (Shambhala Publications, 2017). Her most recent book, coauthored with Gabriel Wilson and Kimberly Loh, is Compassionate Conversations: How to Speak and Listen from the Heart, (Shambhala Publications, 2020.)

She is also a contributor to The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of
Awakened Women
, (Wisdom Publications, 2013) and The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best
Friends as Spiritual Teachers
, Tami Simon, ed., (Sounds True, 2017.)

Sameness and Difference is part of the free Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 9 - 16 and Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, 2022.

The full Summit schedule is posted at: All events are FREE and online.

Registration is now open here: