Program Details

Dancing with Hope and Fear: Complete Openness and Crazy Wisdom

with Frank Berliner
May 24 / 7:00 PM - May 26 / 5:00 PM

The teachings of Maha Ati are the pinnacle of Tibetan Buddhism. As Chogyam Trungpa taught, they are like a mountaintop, from which we look back to see the entire journey we have made. Broadly speaking, this journey has three stages of practicing with our hope and fear: abandoning our habit of identifying with them, transforming them into fearless awareness by working directly with their energy, or seeing them as naturally free and pure from the very beginning.

So far in our series of training weekends, we have studied and practiced the first two stages. In this final weekend of Warrior Dharma, we examine the third and ultimate level of meditative practice: seeing the pure nature. We will do so through the study and practice of two of Chogyam Trungpa’s most profound texts: the Sadhana of Mahamudra, and the Three Aspects of Maha Ati. These are the core issues we will explore in this weekend of lectures, discussion, guided meditation, poetry, and personal interviews with Mr. Berliner.

About the weekend program

This weekend is the fourth in a series of four weekend programs on the theme of dancing with hope and fear. If you have not attended the previous weekends, you can attend this weekend program, but you must attend the introductory, Friday evening talk.
About Frank Berliner

Frank Berliner grew up in New York and was educated at Yale, where he received his BA, and Naropa University, where he earned an MA in Transpersonal Counseling. He has studied, practiced, and taught meditation for thirty-six years as a close student of the founder of Naropa, the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa. Over a twelve year period from 1980-1992, Mr. Berliner served as National Administrative Director of Shambhala Training, and the Executive Director and Resident Teacher of the Berkeley Shambhala Center.

He is now an Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University, where he has taught Buddhist and Western Existential Psychology, and the practice of meditation, to BA and MA students since 1995. Mr. Berliner pioneered the teaching of meditation online at Naropa, beginning in 1999.

Mr. Berliner has published a memoir about his personal experiences with Chogyam Trungpa, entitled Falling in Love with a Buddha.  He will read excerpts from it during the weekend program, and it will be available for sale, as well.

Online Registration

Note: If you cannot afford to pay the full program fee, see our generosity policy.

Please register for this program in advance by clicking on the "Click here to register" link below. After filling out the online registration form, you will have the option of paying online through PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account.  If you prefer not to pay online, you can pay by cash, cheque, credit card or debit at the beginning of the program.

Teaching Gift: There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program. This monetary gift is voluntary and may be of any amount. Traditionally, students offer this gift in appreciation for receiving the teachings and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. It is separate from the cost of the program.

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