Program Details

Maitri Space Awareness

with Jonathan Kirkendall
January 17 / 7:00 PM - January 19 / 4:00 PM

 Maitri Space Awareness was first developed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is based on the principles of the five buddha families of Tibetan Buddhism. Each Buddha family emphasizes a particular aspect of enlightened energy or enlightened wisdom. These energies also have their confused emotional and environmental aspects, which the practitioner learns how to recognize and transform. For example, emotional energies such as fear, anger, desire and pride, when related to directly, can be transformed into enlightened qualities containing tremendous intelligence, vigor and heart.


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 and Jonathan Kirkendall have been working with the Five Wisdom Energies since the early 90’s. They were introduced to the practice while at Naropa University where Jonathan received an MA in Counseling Psychology and Scott an MA in Buddhist Studies and Tibetan Language. They have taught the Maitri program in a variety of formats including weekends and longer retreats. Jonathan Kirkendall is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in DC. Scott Perkins is Director of Development for a non-profit organization and is active in exploring meditation and recovery. Both remain active at the Washington DC Shambhala Meditation Center.

Limited space so reserve your spot in advance!

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.

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