Program Details

Shambhala Sadhana Retreat

with Suzann Duquette
December 26 / 12:00 AM - December 26 / 12:00 AM

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche wrote The Shambhala Sadhana in 2011 at Yangleshö, the famous cave in Nepal where Padmasambhava attained enlightenment. In early 2012, the Sakyong transmitted the practice to our community. It is now the main training in the Enlightened Society Assembly. It is a short, profound, and potent practice that deepens our experience and realization of our innate strength and the path of creating a healthy and resilient society.

To attend this retreat, you must have already received the Shambhala and Enlightened Society Vows as well as the Shambhala Sadhana Sun Transmission; or if you have not received these, you must be a graduate of Sutrayana Seminary or Vajrayana Seminary, and you will then receive the vows and transmission at the start of the retreat. On the first day of the retreat, Acharya Rockwell will offer the Shambhala and Enlightened Society Vows (without giving out names) and the Sun Transmission that introduces one to the sadhana practice. Those who are newly receiving these Vows and the Sun Transmission must commit for the entire retreat so that they can make a strong connection to the sadhana. Those who have already received the Shambhala Sadhana are welcome to come for part of the retreat.

Winter is a wonderful time of the year to escape the holiday busyness and come to the mountains and forest of Vermont to celebrate with our dharma family. In addition to practicing and studying the sadhana, we will enjoy the outdoor dralas, sing songs, practice qigong, and share personal stories and inspirations about how to manifest a community that benefits our earth and all beings.

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The New Years Eve Soirée at Karme Choling will begins at 7pm with potluck hors d’oeuvres and drinks.  Participants, KCL staff and local community members can choose to relax in our living room, join the more festive environment in our dining room or dance in the Main Shrine Room.  Dancing will begin at 9pm after a Karme Choling Year End Fundraiser.  We will welcome the New Year with mediation and contemplation in the Main Shrine Room.



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