Program Details

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 contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom of the Way of Shambhala culminate in unconditional confidence.

The final retreat of the full Way of Shambhala I program (The Everyday Life courses and the Shambhala Training weekend retreats) is the “Rigden” weekend retreat. 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 workshop introduces the teachings of enlightened rulership. With the great problems now facing human society, it is increasingly important to find simple ways to bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world. This weekend emphasizes genuine confidence and steadfastness in facing the world's challenges. Confidence can come from genuineness and wakefulness instead of aggression.

This weekend is led by a Shambhala Acharya and includes a transmission of windhorse practice, and an opportunity to proclaim a commitment to basic goodness by formally taking the Shambhala Vow.

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

$215 (includes $25 materials fee). $165 scholarship. (includes $25 materials fee). $60 to repeat.
Northern California Shambhala Payment Policy

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

Contact dianeshane [at] ymail [dot] com

photo portrait of Acharya Alan Schwartz

Acharya 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.

Visit the Northern Califiornia Shambala Website to register for the weekend.

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