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with Allyn Lyon
November 28 / 7:30 PM - November 28 / 9:30 PM
"In essence, the emphasis of the Buddhist path is to help us attain enlightenment, and the emphasis of the Shambhala path is to help us create and maintain a good society. When we put these two together, we have the Shambhalian Buddhist view of enlightened society. Thus the two paths work in tandem, not in competition." -- Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche
Enlightenment is usually associated with a spiritual path, which is often contrasted against a secular world. Recognizing that spirituality can in fact sometimes be an escape or cocoon for those not wanting to engage with the vicissitudes of ordinary life, the Shambhala teachings offer an alternative: that of secular enlightenment.
Join us for this special evening with Acharya Allyn Lyon as we explore what exactly secular enlightenment means, and how we can, in the here and now, live the totality of our lives -- at home, school, work, and play -- in a thoroughly human and sacred way.
Acharya Allyn Lyon is a senior teacher appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and acts as his personal representative in teaching Shambhala and Buddhism. She has served as the Director of Shambhala Mountain Center and has taught at the Vajradhatu Seminary. Acharya Lyon has traveled and taught extensively in Europe, the US, and Mexico, as well as at Naropa University. She is a senior teacher of Maitri Space Awareness program. Acharya Lyon has a special affinity to Los Angeles, where she serves as our Resident Acharya.