Program Details

Karma, Interdependence, and Magic

with John Rockwell
March 31 / 9:00 AM - March 31 / 2:30 PM

Everything we do has many causes and many effects.  So much happens that often we are confused by what our true intentions were and by the mixed results that we reap.  We try to help someone, and the situation gets worse.  We fall in love, then run away.  We engage in social action, but come away feeling frustrated and helpless.  How do we know what to do, what not to do?

There's no way to avoid making choices, as even nonaction has results.  The connection between an action and its result is said to be always accurate, though very subtle to understand.  In this morming of practice and contemplation, we will explore the workings of karma in its journey from blind blundering to glimpses of insight to spontaneous accomplishment.

To conclude our morning, we will enjoy a catered lunch provided by Dreux Ellis, friend of SMCLA and executive chef for Cafe Gratitude, followed by a group planting of magical seeds as an aspiration for creating enlightened society.  (Program costs include lunch and materials fee.)

At the conclusion of this program at 3pm, there will be a special recorded Nyida Day Address by the Sakyong, followed by a closing reception. Participants in the morning program are welcome to stay for the afternoon viewing at no extra charge though a separate $10 honorarium for the Sakyong is requested for the talk.

This program is open to all, but please register in advance as we will need to prepare materials ahead of time.


Ashe Acharya John Rockwell has been a student of Buddhism and the Shambhala teachings since 1975. Former professor of Buddhist Studies at Naropa University, co-director of Karmê Chöling and director of Shambhala International, he was named Ashe Acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 1996. He headed the Shambhala Office of Practice and Education in 2001, and teaches worldwide.

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