Program Details

Sparks of Mahamudra

with John Rockwell
October 2 / 5:30 PM - October 23 / 7:30 PM

This autumn, we will explore the transmission and practice of mahamudra. The emphasis with be on direct experience, how to deepen the transmission in everyday life. Each week we will practice a short session of mahamudra practice. Afterward, we will discuss that aspect of mahamudra, which will become the focus of practice and our lives for the next week.


October 2 Lineage and Transmission
October 9 Sense Perceptions
October 16 Mind—Thoughts & Emotion
October 23 Stillness and Action

This is all subject to change as we move along this journey together and see where we go. Nothing is fixed in the world of mahamudra!

This is an advanced, Vajrayana program. To participate, students must have completed Vajrayana Seminary with either Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoceh or Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, or attened Sacred World Assembly. 

Each session will begin at 5:30 with half an hour of sitting meditation. The Acharya will join us at 6 PM. Therefore, if you are rushing from work to the program, please be certain to have taken your seat by 6.

Ashe Acharya John Rockwell first met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975. He taught Buddhist Studies at Naropa University, was co-director of Karmê Chöling, and was Director of Shambhala International. In 1996, he was named an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and in 2001 was appointed the Ashe Acharya. For seven years, he was resident acharya at Karmê Chöling. During this time, he studied Daoist qigong with Eva Wong who authorized him to teach. He now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife, Rhiannon Wells, and travels internationally to teach. In addition, he is engaged in a naturalist training course with the Wilderness Awareness School and spends time gardening and wandering in the forest.

$130 with pre-registration, $150 at the door.
Membership discounts apply. For financial aid or work-study please contact volunteer [at] sfshambhala [dot] org at least a week in advance. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

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