Program Details

Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence with Acharya Christie Cashman

October 11 / 7:00 PM - October 13 / 5:00 PM

The contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom explored in the Way of Shambhala culminates in unconditional confidence. 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 workshop introduces the teachings of enlightened leadership.

With the great problems now facing human society, it seems increasingly important to find simple ways to bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world, even in small ways. This weekend emphasizes genuine confidence and steadfastness in facing the world's challenges and includes a formal transmission of windhorse practice, and study of the Six Ways of Ruling.


Shambhala Training Level V & Way of Shambhala I classes through Wisdom in Everyday Life

OR - -Completion of the Sacred Path program through Outrageous & Inscrutable (completion of the Four Dignities)

OR  - Kalapa Assembly attendance

Acharya Cashman's Biographical Information

Christie first encountered the dharma as a young girl.  During a long stay in Japan she made daily visits to Buddhist temples and shrines and began to feel a deep connection with the penetrating quietude of these environments. It was years later, while studying at the University of California in Berkeley, that Christie learned to meditate, starting a daily practice of zazen with Suzuki Roshi.  Eventually, she picked up Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's  Meditation in Action.  Learning of Rinpoche's "resonant and outrageous" lifestyle, she sold her belongings, packed a little bag and moved to Boulder, Colorado to become his student. That was January 1971.

Christie's life soon began to revolve around month long meditation retreats, intensive study, and teaching a full range of courses-from introductory meditation intensives at Naropa University to Vajrayana sadhana classes and Shambhala Training levels. For many years she taught at the annual three-month Vajradhatu Seminary and worked closely during that time with Rinpoche on course curriculum design and implementation. During the 17 years she resided in Boulder, Christie worked full-time in Trungpa Rinpoche's administration.

In 1987, when Christie moved to Nova Scotia,  she spent a good part of each year in solitary retreat to delve further into the study and practice of the Shambhala terma tradition and vajrayana practice.  During this time, she taught several Warrior Assemblies and worked in the areas of environmental protection and dispute resolution before serving as Shambhala Training International's Executive Director from 1999 to 2003.  Christie is a Governor of the Council of Warriors, and has taught at several Kalapa Assemblies.  She holds the acharya post on the Shambhala Care and Conduct Panel, which works to bring the principles of restorative justice to the Shambhala community. Under the guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, she continues to engage in Shambhala and Buddhist curriculum development and the training of teachers. Christie lives with her husband in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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