Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls (they/them) is a teacher and student in Vajrayana/Tantric Buddhism. They currently study under Lama Rod Owens and Lama Justin von Bujdoss, co-founders of Bhumisparsha.

Shanté began studying and practicing Buddhism at age 17 and has practiced in Zen, Sokka Gakkai International, Shambhala, and Bhumisparsa communities. They began on the teaching path in 2009 and were authorized by the Shambhala lineage to teach meditation and buddhadharma in 2015.

Shanté is focused on the healing impact of meditation in Black & Indigenous communities, People of Color communities, LGBTQ+ communities, and incarcerated and recovery communities. Shanté is a Teacher on the Liberate App and is a Lead Teacher on Weekly Dharma Gathering, which they co-founded and curate.

Shanté identifies as a Black Indigenous person who is queer and genderqueer. They live on Munsee Lenapehoking Territory (Brooklyn, NY).

Upcoming Programs by Shanté Paradigm Smalls

Mahasangha Gathering

Also Diana Mukpo and Pema Chödrön

July 22–25, 2021

Join us for a gathering on the land at Shambhala Mountain Center to practice, to dialogue, to vision, and to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Diana Mukpo will lead the gathering with special guests Pema Chödrön and Shanté Paradigm Smalls. Pema Chödrön will join for a brief appearance. Online participation will not be offered for this […]