Program Details

Rites of Passage: Awakening to Stages of Life

with Mitchell Levy
October 18 / 6:30 PM - October 20 / 6:00 PM

Every ten to twenty years, we can participate in a ceremony that awakens us to the fact that we are progressing through life. These rites of passage act as a reminder. If we are not occasionally reminded to stop and look around, it is difficult to tell what direction we have taken in life. Therefore, the rites of passage are not only a public ceremony marking our journey through life, but also a time of self-reflection and orientation.                 Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

A wakeful society knows that human life is precious and acknowledges the progression of life. In Shambhala culture, one continues training throughout life, to  live with unconditional confidence and to develop one’s mind and heart.

Based on teachings by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of Shambhala, this rites of passage retreat is open to anyone who has recently reached the age of 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 or 100.

This is a landmark retreat, one of the first of its kind. It is an opportunity to celebrate life and gather together as a community to deepen our appreciation of life’s stages. This is also an opportunity to reflect on our life. We can reconnect with our view of who we are and renew our commitment to our own journey.

This weekend retreat will present ways to maintain and invigorate wakefulness and life-force energy. It will also explore the influences on our life and how to skillfully conduct ourselves in the world through contemplation and meditation, and by discovering supportive elements in nature. The retreat will conclude with a rites of passage ceremony.

Prerequisites - any of the following:

  • Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

  • Meditation in Everyday Life or Contentment in Everyday Life

  • Experience with meditation in the Shambhala tradition (with approval of Practice & Education staff)

Teacher’s Gift:

It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.

About Lamen Kyi Khyap, Acharya Mitchell Levy

Dr. Mitchell Levy has been a student of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche since 1971 and is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. In 1978 he was appointed personal physician, Lamen, to Trungpa Rinpoche and served in that capacity until the Vidyadara's death in 1987. He also served as personal physician to His Holiness, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. Dr. Levy received Vajrayogini abhisheka in 1979 and Chakramsavara abhisheka in 1985. He was appointed an Acharya, or senior teacher, in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage in 2004. He currently teaches Buddhism worldwide with a particular focus on the principles and practice of the Dorje Kasung.


Arrangements for the generosity policy must be made at least three business days in advance of the program start date – they cannot be made at the registration table. Learn more about the generosity policy here.



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