Program Details

Way of Shambhala : Rigden Weekend at Windhorse Retreat Center

with Richard John
October 25 / 7:00 PM - October 27 / 6:00 PM

DESCRIPTION--Registration closed. If you are from the midwest and have not yet taken the Rigden Program contact Margaret James at to see if there may be room.

The Way of Shambhala 1 culminates in the “Rigden Weekend”. The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional bravery. Historically, rigdens were enlightened rulers —those who could “rule their world” based on their unwavering experience of basic goodness. This weekend includes a formal transmission of windhorse practice, the study of the Six Ways of Ruling, and the opportunity to take the Shambhala vow and receive a Shambhala name.


Tuition - Member - $180 + Lodging + material fee

          - Non-Member - $200 + Lodging + material fee

          - Student - $120 + Lodging + material fee

Lodging - $40 per night for Friday and Saturday

Materials Fee - $25

Please note that if any of these costs are too high to allow you to attend, please contact Margaret James at


Shambhala Training Level V and Wisdom in Everyday Life, OR, completion of the Sacred Path series.


An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Acharya Richard John was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Chile. After careers as a designer and a management consultant, he served as director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Generosity Policy
We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you, and offer as much of the program fee as you can.

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a "patron price." Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

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