The Shambhala Principle
with Acharya Richard John
What thought first arises in our minds when we wake up in the morning or shift our attention during the day? We all have an assumed image of ourselves. What is our underlying feeling—is it confident or sad? These ordinary habitual thoughts pervade and guide our lives, for better or worse. But if we are willing to look at them with gentleness and courage, we may find that our lives are transformed into a path of wakefulness, and we may become genuine warriors.
There is a further consideration, which is at the heart of the Shambhala Principle: will our personal path require us to separate ourselves from the pain and confusion of the everyday world? Or is it possible for our individual path to be the source of inspiration and change for the greater benefit of human society?
We will explore these questions during this special two-day program taught by Acharya Richard John. The program is open to everyone, though it is best to have received meditation instruction in advance. (If you have not received meditation instruction and would like to attend, there will be teachers there who can give you meditation instruction prior to the Friday evening program. Please arrive promptly at 6:30 if you wish to receive meditation instruction.)
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 Centre. 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 online in advance, whether you are paying at that time or at a later date. This will allow you to receive any pre-class information and helps us to plan for the program.
Payment Options: You may pay online by credit or debit card through PayPal (it is not necessary to have a PayPal account) or by mailing a check to the Center. If you plan to mail a check, please note this in the comment field of the online registration form. Your place in the program is guaranteed when payment is received.
Generosity Policy: We are committed to making it possible for everyone to participate in our programs regardless of financial circumstances. Please see our Program Policies and FAQs page for more information. If the fee for this program presents an obstacle to your participation, please contact the visit coordinator, Janet Bass ([email protected]) at the time of registration to pre-arrange a reduced amount that will make it possible for you to attend.
Prerequisites: Prior meditation instruction is preferred; otherwise, please arrive promptly at 6:30 to receive instruction.
Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.
Questions? Contact Tina Allen [email protected].