Program Details

The Shambhala Principle


with Emily Bower
February 22 / 9:00 AM - February 23 / 1:00 PM

PROGRAM INCLUDES: Guided meditation instruction; periods of meditation, talks, contemplations, and group discussion. Program ends with a celebratory luncheon.


"Dear Reader, We humans have come to a crossroads in our history: we can either destroy the world or create a good future,” author Sakyong Mipham opens in his book, The Shambhala Principle.


What is your vision for change in this world? It's not easy to know which path or methods would help the most.


According to the Buddhist view, by being kinder to ourselves and each other, and by recognizing each other's basic worthiness, we can discover the power of cultivating good human society in very simple ways.


The Shambhala spiritual tradition, rooted in Tibetan Buddhist meditation and philosophy, suggests that we contemplate the basic nature of humankind, which is essentially whole and good. But many of us don't think of human beings that way. We think of people as being destructive and aggressive, or competitive and voracious. Do you think it’s possible to view humans as basically good?


Join us for a day and a half retreat of meditation and discussion of the potential of humans to improve our world. 


We’ll explore how meditation can help us discover our own goodness and worthiness, and how this discovery might actually change the way we live and the way we treat each other--and have a positive impact on the world around us.


Acharya Emily Bower started practicing in the Shambhala community in 1987. She served as the Sakyong’s editor for various projects, including his first book, Turning the Mind into an Ally. She has studied kyudo with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei and is a lifelong member of the Dorje Kasung. Acharya Bower spent three years on the staff of Karme Chöling, working on publicity and marketing. In addition to traveling and teaching in the Shambhala mandala, she has been a professional editor since 1987 and has most recently worked full-time as an acquiring editor for Shambhala Publications in Boston.

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