What's it All About, Shanti?
Thank you for virtually visiting the Shantideva Center! We are a non-sectarian center located in beautiful Roxborough. On an individual level, our mission is to educate the heart and mind. On a community level, our mission is to support the health of the communities that sustain us, and of those most in need around us. On a global level, our vision is to help to create the conditions for a more compassionate world, peace and happiness for all. How, you ask?
We offer a range of meditation classes, workshops and other activities for the heart and mind, for everyone from the total beginner, to the yoga practitioner looking to deepen their practice, to the seasoned meditator wishing to find greater insight and happiness through the wisdom of our shared community.
The Shantideva Center's Founder and Director is Tony Boris, B.A. (Music) J.D. President of the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia (TBC) from 2011 through 2015, he now serves as one of the TBC's senior teaching students where he leads practices and workshops. As a mindfulness educator, Tony utilizes the insights and techniques developed by John Kabat-Zinn and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Tich Nhat Hanh, among others. Since hitchhiking to the West Coast as a youth, Tony has studied and practiced many of the world's faith, healing and humanist traditions, and has spent time in retreat and received teachings and empowerments from some of the great living masters of our time.
With a longstanding commitment to non-profit service, in 2010, Tony co-founded and served as first president of the animal welfare nonprofit, Philadoptables, and has served on the boards of several Philadelphia area nonprofits including Network for New Music and continues to dedicate his life in grateful service. His award winning compositions and musical theater works have been recognized by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and performed by the likes of Eartha Kitt at New York's famed Cafe Carlyle, and internationally from London to the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. His photographs, which grace this website, have been published widely and can be seen throughout the web and in print. You can see more about that on his personal website.
A devoted husband and stepfather of two awesome young adults 19 and 22 years of age, Tony brings to each moment a wry wit, a sincere heart, and the hard earned wisdom of fatherhood.
What We Do
We fulfill our mission through the activities and classes that we offer:
1. By offering classes and workshops on meditation, mindfulness techniques and related practices for people of all levels, backgrounds and interests.
2. By sharing helpful information on ways to help reduce our suffering and create a more compassionate society, both on an individual, community and global level.
3.By facilitating activities and events in our community that support these goals.
4. By recognizing that we are all perfect as we are, that the health of our minds is dependent upon the love and joy in our hearts, and that through kindness and compassion for each other and toward ourselves, we create space for our own happiness, too.
Our teaching philosophy arises from the principles of lovingkindness and compassion taught by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, and our namesake, the 8th century Buddhist monk and scholar, Shantideva. And we believe that the language of the heart is love and kindness in all its many forms and translations. So this is our path too.