Program Details

Magic Black: Embodying Ashe, a Stroke Intensive

with Agness Au & Erika Berland
January 18 / 9:00 AM - January 19 / 6:00 PM

Restricted to those who have received Stroke Practice transmission at Warrior's or Kalapa Assembly .

Magic Black: Embodying Ashe, a Stroke Intensive

“The person of Shambhala who is executing Ashe should fall in love with his or her brush.  If there is no communication with your brush and ink and paper, and you are not able to fall in love with them, or at least be inquisitive about them, then you cannot have a great execution of Ashe....”                                                  Dorje Dradul, The Tiger Lion Garuda Dragon Glory


This passage suggests that one’s hesitation and even embarrassment in doing stroke practice, can be overcome by relaxing and developing an ‘intimate’ relationship with it.  Through demonstration, and two full days of practice, we’ll review and explore the basic and subtle ways to synchronize our body, breath and mind - with brush, ink and paper.  

Along with readings and discussions from the Golden Sun of the Great East and the Tiger Lion Garuda Dragon Glory texts, we’ll share our experiences, insights and questions of this profound and essential practice.  Let us celebrate our good fortune to be warriors of the Ashe Clan.

We’ll also take time to go over the care and cleaning of our weapons, as its difficult to ‘make love’, using funky brushes, so please bring a clean one. 


About Sangyum Agness Au

Agness Au is a Sangyum, a lifelong designation as a personal representative of the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and a student of the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  Her Sangyum name is Drukmo Serri, Dragon Lady Gold Mountain.  She is a senior Shambhala Buddhist teacher and Warrior Assembly director, former NYC Shambhala Training resident director, and current Chair of the Shambhala Commission on the Status of Women and Feminine Principle. 

Agness created a curriculum on the Inseparable Union of the Feminine and Masculine Principles and has presented these workshops internationally for over 10 years.  Agness co-founded and facilitates Journey of Fearlessness, a support group for practitioners who are trauma survivors. She is a Somu (First rank) instructor in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana and has taught and demonstrated for over 25 years.

Agness is retired from a 25-year career in the fashion industry as a design director, cataloger and business owner.  She currently is a freelance art director, consulting for web and print design.  Agness is happily married and the mother of two young men. They live in Manhattan and Moab UT.

About Erika Berland

Erika Berland was an early student of the Dorje Dradul, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is presently a student of his son, Sakyong Mipham.  She is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and is on the faculty of the Masters program in Contemporary Performance at Naropa University, where she teaches somatics, movement and meditation.  Erika is a dancer, performer, and performance coach, and is also a Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® and a licensed massage and movement therapist. Visit her website for more information and articles.

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