Program Details

Maitri Space Awareness


with Scott Perkins
January 24 / 7:30 PM - January 26 / 5:00 PM

Maitri Five Wisdom Energies practice was first developed by Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and is based on the principles of the five buddha families of Tibetan tantra. Each buddha family emphasizes a particular aspect ofenlightened energy or enlightened wisdom. These energies also have their confused emotional and environmental aspects, which the practitionerlearns how to recognize and transform into enlightened qualities containing tremendous intelligence, vigor and heart.


The emphasis of the practice is on discovering within these raw and wakeful energies unconditional friendliness towards oneself. This discovery becomes a basis for living one’s life more fully, skillfully understanding and relating with others, and establishing a dynamic and healthy relationshipwith one’s work, home and natural environments.


You can find more information on Maitri Space Awareness in articles by Chogyam Trungpa and Irini Rockwell  by clicking on the links. 


The Five Wisdom Energies: A Buddhist Way of Understanding Personalities, Emotions, and Relationship by Irini Rockwell is another resource to find out more about working with the energies of the five buddha families.


In this weekend, we will explore the five Buddha families in an atmosphere of friendliness and curiosity to learn about our habitual styles of relating, as well as the freshness of relating directly with our perceptions and our world. By exposing us to these fundamental styles of relating to the world, Maitri practice cultivates a broader understanding of people and more empathy for their worlds.This program is open to meditators of all levels.


Scott Perkins has been working with the Maitri Five Wisdom Energies since the early 90’s. He was introduced to the practice while at Naropa University where he received an MA in Buddhist Studies and Tibetan Language.  He has taught the Maitri program in a variety of formats including weekends and longer retreats.   Scott is the Director of Development for a non-profit, healthcare policy organization and, along with his partner, has a small business consulting with health care practitioners to generate ancillary income and better meet the patient’s needs.  In addition to teaching in Shambhala, Scott is also the Chair of the Heart of Recovery Working Group and conducts retreats on mediation and recovery.

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