Program Details

Four Dignities of the Warrior


with Richard John
October 11 / 6:30 PM - October 13 / 5:00 PM

The path of the Four Dignities - Tiger, Lion, Garuda, Dragon - is a profound archetypal description of the human journey of awakening. Rooted in the ancient shaman tradition of Bon and the Buddhist lineages of Tibet, it is universal, accessible, and highly relevant to our contemporary life and culture. The sequence of the Four Dignities applies to everything: One’s spiritual journey over a lifetime, the trajectory of a creative project, skills for resolving conflicts, the wisdom of arranging our household.

Senior students who have been introduced to these themes over the years are finding that we have only scratched the surface. The further we go with the advanced teachings and practices of Shambhala, the more we discover the depth and pervasiveness of these energies.

For new students who have begun a meditation practice, the Four Dignities provide a completely accessible framework that can be applied to all areas of one’s life.


An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Acharya Richard John was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years, he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Chile. After careers as a designer and a management consultant, he served as director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Heart Gift: It is customary to make a heart gift (cash donation) to the Acharya.


Registration: Please register online in advance, whether you are paying at that time or at a later date. This will allow you to receive any pre-class information and helps us to plan for the program.

Payment Options:
You may pay online by credit or debit card through PayPal (it is not necessary to have a PayPal account) or by mailing a check to the Center. If you plan to mail a check, please note this in the comment field of the online registration form. Your place in the program is guaranteed when payment is received.

Generosity Policy:
We are committed to making it possible for everyone to participate in our programs regardless of financial circumstances. Please see our Program Policies and FAQs page for more information. If the fee for this program presents an obstacle to your participation, please contact the visit coordinator, Janet Bass (janetbass1@msn.com) at the time of registration to pre-arrange a reduced amount that will make it possible for you to attend.


Prerequisites: An established personal meditation practice.


Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.


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