Shambhala Sadhana Retreat
with Suzann Duquette
December 26 / 12:00 AM - January 1 / 12:00 AM
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche wrote The Shambhala Sadhana in 2011 at Yangleshö, the famous cave in Nepal where Padmasambhava attained enlightenment. In early 2012, the Sakyong transmitted the practice to our community. It is now the main training in the Enlightened Society Assembly. It is a short, profound, and potent practice that deepens our experience and realization of our innate strength and the path of creating a healthy and resilient society.
To attend this retreat, you must have already received the Shambhala and Enlightened Society Vows as well as the Shambhala Sadhana and Sun Transmission. If you have not received these, you are welcome to do so if you are a graduate of Sutrayana Seminary or Vajrayana Seminary. Acharya Duquette will offer the Shambhala and Enlightened Society Vows (without giving out names), as needed, and the Shambhala Sadhana and Sun Transmission that introduces one to the sadhana practice the first day of the retreat. Those who are newly receiving these Vows and the Sun Transmission must commit for the entire retreat so that they can make a strong connection to the sadhana. Those who have already received the Shambhala Sadhana are welcome to come for part of the retreat.
Winter is a wonderful time of the year to escape the holiday busyness and come to the mountains and forest of Vermont to celebrate with our dharma family. In addition to practicing and studying the sadhana, we will enjoy the outdoor dralas, sing songs, practice qigong, and share personal stories and inspirations about how to manifest a community that benefits the earth and all beings. To enhance our study and discussion, we will also use The Shambhala Principle, the Sakyong's most recent book. This elucidates the link between dharma practice and a wide variety of social fields, such as the arts, economics, ecology, western philosophy, education and more.
The program begins December 26 at 7:30pm, and concludes January 1 2014 after breakfast