Program Details

Maitri: The Five Wisdom Energies

with Judy Lief & Lanny Harrison
February 1 / 7:00 PM - February 3 / 6:00 PM

This program is now closed for on-line registration.

If you would like to register, please call Richard at 212. 675. 6544. Thank you.

The weekend's teachings will also be assisted by Lanny Harrison.


"We all have our own style and our own particular nature. We can't avoid it. The enlightened expression of yourself is in accord with your inherent nature."
- Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Pure Perception

Maitri: The Five Wisdom Energies is a meditation practice developed by Chögyam Trungpa, based on the traditional principles of the five buddha families and a Vajrayana approach to mind, energy, and space. By maintaining particular postures in five different colored environments, each of the five wisdom energies is evoked.

This practice highlights and tunes us directly into our own particular psychological styles or energies, allowing us to clearly see and experience how we embody and relate to them in either a sane or neurotic fashion. Gradually, we open up and embrace these energies in ourselves and our world with unconditional friendliness (or maitri). This warmth helps us transform the frozen energy of self-centeredness into the flowing creativity of compassionate wisdom.

This is a powerful course in emotional awareness and healing, helpful for health professionals, artists, educators, business professionals, and anyone interested in reclaiming the energy of wholeness through synchronizing body, mind, and heart.

Besides bringing insight to one’s own psychology, this practice has been taught to psychologists and educators as a means of understanding how to work effectively with others.

This program is open to meditation practitioners of all levels of experience.


Members: if you have taken this program before, please take advantage of our discounted repeater's fee of $90. Simply register online without paying and call the office (212-675-6544) to request the repeater's discount. Or register directly over the phone (212-675-6544). 

We are also offering this $90 discount to all currently enrolled Way of Shambhala students.

*Participants should please bring a piece of white fabric (sheet, pillowcase, etc.) to the weekend workshop.

Recommended reading: The Five Wisdom Energies: A Buddhist Way of Understanding Personalities, Emotions, and Relationships, by Irini Rockwell (this book is available in the center bookstore)

Acharya Emeritus Judy Lief was a close student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and served as head of Naropa University in Boulder from 1980 – 1985. Currently, Acharya Lief is the Executive Editor of Vajradhatu Publications and travels extensively, teaching meditation and Buddhism all over the world.

Lanny Harrison began her career in the New York Pantomime Theater in 1966. She has played character roles in Off-Broadway musicals and films and, for the past 35 years has written and performed one-woman shows, touring America and Europe. She has an ongoing workshop at the NY Shambhala Center and has taught at Naropa University for many years. She is currently on the faculty of the Gallatin division of NYU where she teaches a theater course integrating Eastern contemplative disciplines and Western theatrical technique. Since 1973, she has practiced Tibetan Buddhism as a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is certified as a meditation instructor

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