What Can We Rely On? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha

with Acharya Richard John

November 6th—November 7th

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  • $150 Program Price
  • $200 Patron Price
  • $90 Other
  • Or pay what you can afford. Please write in the amount.
Room: Hybrid Program: In-Person and Online


One of the Buddha’s most profound and practical teachings has become known as The Four Reliances. This is his heart advice to students who find themselves confused about who and what to trust to guide their path: One or many teachers? The teachings, with their various interpretations? One’s own intuition? The Buddha’s instructions are clear, simple and precise, and immensely helpful in times of chaos. 

In the 8th century CE, the great Indian master Atisha initiated a series of pragmatic slogans by which practitioners could turn the mundane chaos of daily life into the path of awakening. Now known as Lojong (mind training), some of these potent slogans can interrupt our distractions and re-establish what is most urgent: the great mind of openness, and the heart of motivation to care for others.

This weekend program of teaching and practice is open to all. The weekend will include talks, meditation instruction and practice, and small group conversations with senior meditation instructors.

Acharya Richard JohnAcharya Richard John
An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Richard has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada and Mexico. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Heart Gifts
It is customary to offer a monetary Heart Gift to the teacher. This is completely voluntary according to your inspiration, and there is no suggested amount—any amount is appreciated!

Program Price: $150
Patron Price: $200
Seniors, Students, and Limited Income: $95
Or pay what you can afford. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Write-in the amount.

Hybrid Program
This is a hybrid program that will take place with attendees both in-person and on Zoom. There is limited space for socially-distanced, fully vaccinated, and masked attendees in our center. If you wish to attend in-person, please leave us a note in the comments field when you register.