Spark your heart and mind through the practice of meditation.
Shambhala Vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness. This nature can be developed in daily life so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.
Two opportunities for retreat practice are being offered by Northern California Shambhala in the near future. Register at San Francisco Shambhala.
Brilliant Tenderness: Arousing The Warrior’s Heart
With Acharya Susan Chapman
December 26th–January 1st
Human beings need rest and space to be happy. In the Buddhist meditation tradition, we practice sitting still to offer space to ourselves, inside and out, and also to those we love and work with.
Join us for a week of letting go of projects, worries, and regrets to create space for yourself through practicing non-attainment in sitting and walking meditation. In meditation practice, we return to being present to our body and mind with every breath; in this way we touch the center of our life.
This week-long sitting meditation intensive (or Weekthun) includes approximately 8 hours of daily silent meditation, Dharma talks and practice instructions, two meetings with a meditation instructor (for those attending the full week), and morning and evening Shambhala Buddhist chants.
The Sacred World of Kyerim (Restricted Program)
with Acharya Christie Cashman
February 14th—February 19th
A Scorpion Seal and Werma Program
In 2010, after the Sacred World Assembly, the Sakyong wrote an extraordinarily beautiful text to deepen and ease the journey of his students involved in vajrayana kyerim, generation stage, practices. Until now, the text has been available only to Scorpion Seal practitioners, but the Sakyong has now requested that Acharya Christie Cashman shepherd the text into our community by teaching it to both Werma Sadhana and Scorpion Seal students.
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 course addresses these challenges and guides students from the first stages of the natural and healing capacity to imagine into the sacred world of pure vision.
The program will include a lung for the text, daily talks, personal interviews, and evening classes for each year of Scorpion Seal. The course itself is a study of the Werma Sadhana, preparing Werma practitioners for the Scorpion Seal path.
Prerequisites: Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly and Rigden Abhisheka.