Program Details

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

with Christie Cashman
September 22 / 9:00 AM - September 27 / 6:00 PM

A Scorpion Seal and Werma program

Following the Sacred World Assembly at Shambhala Mountain Center in the summer of 2010, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche 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. Programs at residential centers will include evening classes for each year of Scorpion Seal practice.

To honor the text, participants are requested to attend the program in its entirety, if at all possible. The lung will take place on the first morning, and all talks and discussions will take place at 4:00 pm each day. The program counts toward the Werma program requirements.  

Scorpion Seal practitioners who have already received the lung may come to the program as their schedule permits.

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

Travel days for those not living nearby are on Sunday Sep 21 & Sunday Sep 28. The retreat schedule will be Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm daily. We will also meet some evenings for group practices, including special sessions for Scorpion Seal practitioners.

Acharya Christie Cashman entered the Shambhala Buddhist teachings in 1971. She has dedicated herself to intensive study and practice, teaching a full range of courses from introductory meditation intensives at Naropa University to Vajrayana sadhana classes and the three-month Vajradhatu Seminary. Christie worked closely with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on curriculum design. She has taught at several Warrior and Kalapa Assemblies and continues to engage in curriculum development with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and in the training of teachers. Christie and her husband live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


  • Sponsor ticket: $325*

  • Individual ticket: $275

*Purchasing a Sponsor Ticket is an act of generosity - by offering a little more, you make it possible for those who can't afford the full ticket price to attend the program. Thank you for your generosity!  


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.

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