The Four Dignities with Shastri Ben Hines
with Ben Hines
February 1 / 7:00 PM - February 9 / 6:00 AM
FOUR DIGNITIES WEEKTHUN
with Shastri Ben Hines
The Four Dignities point us to a way of being, a way of attaining authentic presence as a “real human being” and engaging fully in the world where we are. These teachings are the antidote to the “poverty and helplessness of those living in the West.” (diary entry of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, late 1960’s)
The teachings of the Dignities describe the four kinds of confidence inherent within the human (the warrior) that unfold naturally as our heart opens and our vision expands. Our intention is to gain trust in what we know and to have faith in our experience.These are essential teachings for our times and for understanding the fundamental energies of the natural world. With hearts awakened in this way to space and energy, we can see how enlightened society is possible.
Beautiful Casa Werma and Patzcuaro, Mexico are magical places to experience these Sacred Path teachings. With Tiger/Lion/Garuda/Dragon vision and deep practice at Casa Werma as the basis, we will experience the drala energies of the geography and the society of the town of Patzcuaro.
This seven day group retreat is based on the core teachings or terma of the Shambhala/Buddhist wisdom tradition: The Letter of the Black Ashe. Sakyong Mipham’s recent books The Shambhala Principle and The Supreme Thought will be important for our reference while on retreat.
The price for the week is 385$=materials. Scholarships are available.
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The price includes the retreat and 2 meals per day. Housing is available at a variety of price points.
Please plan on arriving by 6pm on the first. The ninth is a departure day with no programming planned.
1. The Letter of the Black Ashe
2. All related Sacred Path commentaries you have received (e.g. Education of the Warrior)
3. additional texts: The Shambhala Principle and The Supreme Thought
Shastri Ben Hines first encountered Shambhala in 1981 in a series of talks called “Awakened Heart.” With a lifelong interest in how society works, Ben’s life has been deeply marked by the Shambhala teachings and the commitment of the Sakyongs to the highest possibilities of society as a path for the expression of dignity, nobility and sacred outlook. Ben mixed meditation practice with a career in construction and retired from Habitat for Humanity in 2010. Appointed as Shastri in 2010, he is married, a father of two and with three grandchildren.