Children's Blessing Ceremony
with Acharya Richard John
Raising our children to know their own basic goodness, and that of others, is the very cornerstone of a good human society. This brief and simple blessing ceremony, open to all children up to age 8 (including babies in arms), allows children and their parents to experience their own wakefulness in an inspiring and playful setting. This event also offers families and children the opportunity to enjoy and make a connection with a visiting Acharya, a senior Shambhala teacher appointed by the Sakyong.
Everyone is welcome to come whether you have young children or not. This is a great opportunity for the larger sangha to support the families with young children, and it is a chance for the older children to celebrate even if they are not a part of the blessing ceremony itself. A reception will follow the blessing at about 7:00. Please come!
An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Acharya Richard John was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years, he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Chile. After careers as a designer and a management consultant, he served as director of the Halifax Shambhala Center. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Registration: Please register in advance, whether you are bringing children or not, so that we know how many to plan for. If there are multiple people in your party, please indicate in the Comments field when registering the total number of people in your party, and also the number of children age 8 or below.
Fee: This event is free of charge, but it is customary when receiving a blessing to offer a voluntary heart gift to the teacher.
Prerequisites: None. The blessing itself is open to children up to age 8 (including babies in arms), but everyone is very welcome and encouraged to attend.
Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.