Program Details

Unconditional Confidence: Rigden Weekend

with Eric Spiegel
December 6 / 7:00 PM - December 8 / 6:00 PM

Unconditional Confidence:  Rigden Weekend

 Rigden Weekend is the culmination of the five levels of Shambhala Training and the cycle of In Everyday Life courses – collectively “The Way of Shambhala”.  Rigden introduces the student to the depth and meaning of the Shambhala Lineage represented by the teacher, an Acharya  appointed by the Sakyong.  The program brings together many of the teachings and instructions we’ve received and culminates with the taking of the Shambhala Vow, a commitment to developing trust in one’s basic goodness.  Those who take the Shambhala Vow will receive a “Shambhala Name” as part of the ceremony. This program is the gateway for the next stage of the path: studying the Shambhala Terma through the Sacred Path programs. 

 Prerequisites: Shambhala Training Level V.  In Brunswick, Friday 7:00 p.m. registration, 7:30 p.m. talk. Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fee $140 (Members $130). Repeats $50/$45. Need-based discounts available.

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 Acharya Eric Spiegel is among a small number of Western teachers empowered by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as a senior teacher (Acharya) representing the Shambhala lineage.  He has been teaching the Shambhala Dharma since the mid 1970s.  Eric has worked extensively with the ill and dying (beginning with AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s), helping them to realize their natural wisdom in the face of impermanence, and has had a decades-long career in finance.  He lives in a very old house in rural New York State.

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