Maitri Five Wisdoms

with Acharya Richard John

February 10th—February 12th

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  • $245 Program Price
  • $295 Patron Price
  • Pay what you can afford (enter amount in registration)
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Maitri Five Wisdoms

Main Program (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

This interactive meditation practice created by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, is based on the five types of wisdom discovered by the Buddha. Especially relevant in these challenging times, these ancient principles teach how our emotional stress can be recognized and transformed into wisdom.

Maitri, which means “kindness to oneself and others,” is a practice of self-acceptance, awareness, and openness to the senses. Each of the Five Wisdoms corresponds to a style of neurosis, for instance anger or greed, and its innate wisdom. Anger at its root is the wisdom of clear seeing, and greed at its root is generosity.

In this weekend program, we will use meditation, postures, colors, and open conversation to investigate these energies in a direct and personal way to discover:

  • How these Five Wisdoms express themselves in the world
  • How we can recognize them when they occur
  • How the various modes of being are felt physically
  • How our bodies shift so quickly from one emotion to another
  • How to identify and work with our emotions when they arise

The program is open to anyone who has attended any programs at a Shambhala Center, and has already received meditation instruction. It is available to practitioners at all levels, and has been used for many years at Naropa University in Colorado for in-depth training in Buddhist psychology and creative expression.

It is being taught by Acharya Richard John, one of Seattle Shambhala's most beloved teachers who is traveling in from his home in Halifax to be with us for this special retreat. You won’t want to miss this time together, where we can truly to treasure all of the energies we bring to life, work and community.

More information on the Five Buddha Families

Evening Program (Saturday night)

There will be a Padma Dinner and Play offered as part of the program on Saturday from 5:00 to 9:00. Dinner will be prepared by our very own chef extraordinaire, Terry Jaworski, and served at the Shambhala Center.

At 6:30 we will depart the Center for the Epiphany Parish in Madrona (a 4 minute drive or 15 minute walk) where we will experience an amazing evening of entertainment. Liz Richardson, Acharya John’s wife, will be joining us for the weekend and has offered to perform her “One Woman Show - Going On” as a fund raiser for the Seattle Shambhala Center!

In this show Liz plays twelve characters and deftly weaves a path through age, stage and sage and shares her triumphs and disasters with vulnerability and irrepressible humour. Drawing from her own life, Liz counterpoints her struggles as a young actress on a 1970s theatre tour with Peter O’Toole in Toronto, Chicago and Washington–with her later challenges as a Buddhist on a three-year meditation retreat at Gampo Abbey, Nova Scotia.

The cost of the “One Woman Show” is included in the price of this program and is considered to be part of the Padma evening. This play will also be open to the larger community. If you register for the Maitri weekend you do not need to register for the “One Woman Show”.

Acharya John was an early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and was appointed as an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He teaches Maitri and other Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Canada. Formerly director of the Halifax Shambhala Center, he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Prerequisites: Attended any program at a Shambhala Center and received meditation instruction.

Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.

Questions? Contact Sydney Munger, [email protected]