Program Details

Enlightened Society as Sacred Mandala


with Richard John
October 6 / 8:30 AM - October 6 / 7:00 PM


The Vidyadhara proclaimed that the hallmark of his teaching is the inseparability of the worldly and the sacred. As Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche unfolds the Shambhala path, we are beginning to discover the great depth of this teaching. The “seed syllable” for one’s individual path is basic goodness, and the “seed syllable” for humanity is enlightened society. These truths can be understood by anyone, but for vajrayana practitioners the challenge is immediate: We must actually realize that basic goodness is the core wisdom of our highest teachings—mahamudra and dzogchen—and that enlightened society is the ultimate sacred mandala.

We will spend the day practicing and discussing these themes, and complete the day with a Werma Feast open to all Shambhala tantrikas.  Lunch will be included and the Werma Feast begins at 5:30, with setup beginning at 5:00 PM.


Prerequisites: Limited to Shambhala Tantrikas


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


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.


Questions? Contact Mary Bolton, mgbolton500@gmail.com

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