Sacred World: The View and Practice

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi

March 30th—April 5th

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  • $500 Program Price
  • $600 Patron Price
  • Or pay what you can afford (enter amount below)

Each year people all around the Northwest region look forward to the the Seattle vajrayana weekthun. It is a special opportunity for the vajra-sangha to come together for connection with the Dharma, to see familiar faces, and to engage in deep practice. This year we are very excited to host Acharya Hayashi to illuminate the teachings. We hope that you will make the time to join us for this precious retreat.

Acharya Arawana Hayashi will teach on Sacred World. Her intention is to give us a chance to explore the co-emergence around the perfect and the flawed (absolute and relative) and the Vajrayana approach to holding both. Vajrayana introduces us into a world of powerful presence and possibility.  The study and practices demand our careful attention and subtle understanding. In today's world, teachings on Sacred World and the practices that invite us into that vast and brilliant awareness, are more needed than ever and demand our openness and courage. The weekthun offers practitioners a strong practice container and an opportunity to deepen our understanding of sacredness and vajra sangha.

This program is open to all Vajrayana practitioners and will include practice sessions for Primordial Rigden Ngondro, Werma, and Scorpion Seal practitioners.  In addition it will be possible to sit in Shamatha, engage in Mahayana practices or do other practices we have received.

Full participation in this retreat will meet the one week requirements for an Acharya led group practice retreat.

Archarya Arawana Hayashi first saw Vidyadhara Chogyam Rinpoche in the summer of 1974 when her improvisational dance company auspiciously toured through Boulder. She did not remember anything he said, but she had never seen anyone move through the space as he did. That inspired her to stop and sit down on a cushion.

In 1976 he suggested she join the Naropa Institute as Co-Director of the Dance Program with Barbara Dilley. The following year he asked her to studybugaku, Japanese Court Dance, and to use this form as a basis for creating Shambhala art. She then began studying with Suenobu Togi Sensei, formerly a member of the Japanese Imperial Household Music Department. While at Naropa she created with Lee Worley, Jeremy Hayward, and Jerry Granelli a Rockefeller Foundation Arts in Education program for classroom teachers.

She attended the 1979 Vajradhatu Seminary and the 1981 Kalapa Assembly. In 1981 she returned to Cambridge, MA to found and direct the Jo Ha Kyu Performance Group, which presented performances of new choreography andbugaku. The company also made community-based site-specific performances and school programs. She directed the company for 19 years. She began teaching Shambhala Training in 1982, and has co-directed five Warrior Assemblies.

In 2000, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche asked her to move to Karme Choling where she was teacher in residence for 3 years. In 1994 the Sakyong called together artists at Shambhala Mountain Center to begin a conversation about creating an arts training program based on the visual dharma teachings of the Vidyadhara. Since then, she has been working with the Shambhala Art Program and chairs the Shambhala Arts Council. She has taught in Sutrayana and Vajrayana Seminaries since 1999. She was appointed acharya by the Sakyong in 2005.

Since 2002 she has taught meditation and creative process at ALIA (formerly the Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership) in Halifax. She is on the faculty of the Mukpo Institute at Karme Choling and the Authentic Leadership Program at Naropa University. Since 2004 she has been teaching innovative leadership workshops with social researcher, Otto Scharmer, and is a founding member of the Presencing Institute. There she currently is creating a Social Presencing Theater, which applies Shambhala art to organizational and social change projects. She lives near Sky Lake in the Hudson Valley, New York, and is the proud mother of Ayla Teitelbaum and Kobun Kaluza.

Prerequisites: Vajrayana Seminary (Sacred World Assembly).

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

Our Generosity Policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you, and offer as much of the program fee as you can. For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a "patron price". Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

Canadians: If you would like a discount from the program price to account for the exchange rate, please contact us at [email protected] before registering.

Registration: When registering, you'll have the opportunity to pay online through PayPal (or by credit card), which greatly simplifies the process for us. For further details, see our Program Policies and FAQs page.

Questions? Please contact Sydney at [email protected].