Program Details

The Sacred World of Kyerim: A Scorpion Seal and Werma Program

with Christie Cashman & Jenny Warwick & Melissa Moore
October 10 / 7:00 PM - October 17 / 9:00 PM

In 2010, after the Sacred World Assembly, the Sakyong wrote an extraordinarily beautiful text on vajrayana kyerim (generation stage practices). Its purpose is to help students master the ability to draw the dralas into their personal lives and into a societal context. The Sakyong has requested that Acharya Christie Cashman formally teach this text to his Scorpion Seal students as well as to Werma practitioners who have attended a Rigden Abhisheka.

As so many of us have discovered generation stage practices are at the heart of the vajrayana path and yet they can be challenging and, at times, even disheartening. The text addresses these challenges by laying out a step-by-step progression from the magnetizing dualistic world of perception into the mind's natural capacity to imagine, and finally, into the sacred world of pure vision.

The program will include a lung for the kyerim text, intensive Werma practice, daily talks and personal interviews and will include evening classes for each year of Scorpion Seal practice. The course itself is a study of the Werma Sadhana, preparing Werma practitioners for the Scorpion Seal path.

Participants are requested to attend the program in its entirety, if at all poassible. The lung will take place on the first morning, and all talks and discussions will take place at 4:00 p.m. each day. The program counts toward the Werma program requirements. To honor the text, Werma practitioners are asked to attend the entire program. Scorpion Seal practitioners who have already received the lung may come to the program as their schedule permits.

This program begins Friday evening, October 10th, and continues through Friday evening, October 17th. Saturday, October 18th is a travel day.

There will also be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program, in the tradition of offering a monetary gift to the teacher in gratitude for receiving the teachings.

Please let us know in the "comments" section of the online registration form or when you receive your confirmation, if you would like to be housed with a sangha member or stay at the center, and if you have any dietary restrictions.

Acharya Christie Cashman entered the Shambhala Buddhist teachings in 1971, dedicating herself to intensive study and practice, and eventually teaching a full range of courses, from introductory meditation intensives at Naropa University to Vajrayana sadhana classes and Shambhala Training levels. For many years, she taught at the three-month Vajradhatu Seminary and worked closely with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on curriculum design and implementation. Christie moved to Nova Scotia in 1987, and in subsequent years, taught at several Warrior and Kalapa Assemblies. From 1999 to 2003, she served as international executive director of Shambhala Training, and today, she continues to engage in Shambhala and Buddhist curriculm development and the training of teachers. Christie and her husband live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Program daily rate (Scorpion Seal practitioners): $75/day; patron daily rate $90/day

Materials fee: To Be Ascertained

Prerequisites: Vajrayana Seminary (Sacred World Assembly) and Rigden Abhisheka.

Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.

Questions? Please contact Cynthia Bradshaw.

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