Program Details

Way of Shambhala: Rigden Weekend

with Alan Schwartz
January 24 / 7:00 PM - January 26 / 6:00 PM

Please note: Registration will close Monday, January 20th. You must pre-register by the 20th in order to attend this program.

The Way of Shambhala I series of classes explores the experiences of contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom in everyday life. This series culminates in the Rigden Weekend. The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature, and embodies the principle of unconditional confidence. Historically, Rigdens were enlightened rulers - those who could "rule their world" based on their unwavering experience of basic goodness.

This weekend completes the Way of Shambhala Heart of Warriorship Series & Everyday Life Series. By the wishes of the Sakyong, the Rigden Weekend includes the opportunity to take the new Shambhala Vow and receive a Shambhala Name. The Shambhala Vow is an acknowledgement and proclamation that basic goodness is the essential nature of humanity.

Shambhala Training Level V & Wisdom in Everyday Life; or previous completion of the Sacred Path Series.

Weekend Schedule
Fri January 24th: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Sat January 25th: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun January 26th: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
(times subject to change)


Friday is an evening program but Acharya Schwartz will be doing brief Shambhala name interviews during Friday afternoon from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Once you have registered you will be contacted to set up an interview time.

Lineage, Loyalty and the Shambhala Vow: January 18, 3:00 PM
Everyone who will be taking the Rigden Weekend, as as well as anyone who has previously taken the Rigden weekend and would like to refresh their inquiry into the topic, are invited to this afternoon with Acharya Alan Schwartz. More

Cost: $215 (includes $25 materials fee). $165 scholarship. (includes $25 materials fee). $60 to repeat.

It is appropriate to offer a heartfelt teaching gift during the weekend.

Northern California Shambhala Payment Policy

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel your reservation more than 14 days prior to the program, you will receive a full refund less a $15 processing fee. If you cancel between 2 to 14 days prior to the program you will recieve a 50% refund. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 48-hours prior to the scheduled program.

Contact: dianeshane [at] ymail [dot] com

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photo portrait of Acharya Alan Schwartz Acharya Alan Schwartz
Alan Schwartz has been a student of both Sakyongs; first a student of the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, in 1970, and since his death, a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Alan has made his home in the Bay Area home for over 30 years; married with two grown children, he is an entrepreneur and financial researcher. In 2012, he was appointed Acharya, Shambhala's most senior teacher designation.

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