Program Details

Shambhala Mahamudra: The Experience of Basic Goodness and Emptiness


with Richard John
May 10 / 7:00 PM - May 12 / 5:30 PM

This is an exciting and rare opportunity for those who have taken Shambhala Training Level I and beyond to be introduced to Mahamudra. Mahamudra, the "great symbol," is among the most profound meditation traditions of vajrayana Buddhism, but it is also extremely simple and direct. Acharya Richard John will weave together this advanced practice with the Shambhala teachings and path. The practice of Mahamudra is a powerful way to explore basic goodness and non-conceptual mind both on the meditation cushion and in everyday life.


The retreat will focus on the practices of shamatha and vipashyana, with emphasis on direct personal experience. This introductory weekend retreat, suitable for both newer and advanced students, is modeled on the extensive mahamudra practice from the three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey.


There will be an overview talk on Friday evening. We will maintain silence, but have an opportunity for discussion at the end of each day, and a celebration at the conclusion on Sunday.

Prerequisites Participants should have completed Shambhala Training Level I, OR Contentment in Everyday Life, OR Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

Acharya Richard John: An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and for many years has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs internationally. Acharya John is known for his experiential and practical approach, which encourages participants to connect with the teachings personally and apply
them in daily life.


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