Program Details

Shastri Oath Ceremony and Reception for Maria Stella

with Susan Chapman
December 2 / 3:30 PM - December 2 / 5:00 PM

We welcome everyone to help us celebrate on Sunday, December 2nd, 3:30 – 5:00 PM as Acharya Susan Chapman installs Victoria Shambhala Centre member Maria Stella as a shastri.

Maria is one of twenty-five shastris recently appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The position of shastri (literally, “teacher learned in the texts and commentaries”) was created by the Sakyong in 2009. The shastris’ role involves strengthening the vision of enlightened society and supporting local teachers, programs, and meditation students.

Learn more about Maria and her new role in the article Maria Stella Appointed to Position of Shastri on our blog.

Our celebration will begin with the oath ceremony and continue with a reception.

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