The Four Foundations of Mindfulness

with Richard John

November 11th—November 12th

Date details +
  • $150 Program Price
  • $190 Patron Price
  • $100 Reduced Price
  • Generosity policy (specify an amount)
Room: Hybrid Program: In-Person and Online

a Hybrid program (in-person at Davis Shambhala & online via zoom)
Presented by the Davis Shambhala Center

“This teaching seeks to open the way of mindfulness by showing the essence of each of the four foundations, the inner key to its practice.”
— Chögyam Trungpa

This program is for all new and senior students who are committed to meditation practice. The Buddha taught the four foundations of mindfulness as the essential first meditation practice on the path. Basic to all streams of Buddhism, these methods are essential for developing awareness of one's inner and outer reality: body, speech, mind and external phenomena.

They are often practiced according to a literal Theravadin approach, but the Vidyadhara taught a subtle version that leads directly to the mahayana and vajrayana. He calls them Mindfulness of Body, Mindfulness of Life, Mindfulness of Effort, and Mindfulness of Mind. Practicing in this way emphasizes the practitioner's direct personal experience, rather than theory or scholarship.

The program will be all day Saturday and Sunday, with commentaries and instruction, silence during the day, and open discussion each afternoon. Participants should commit to the full weekend.


Saturday to Sunday, November 11-12 • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (PT)
Lunch break 12:30 to 2:00 pm

photo of Richard JohnRichard John

An early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard served as acharya for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for 20 years. He completed the traditional Buddhist three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey, and has taught many meditation programs and retreats in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Heart Gifts

It is customary to offer a monetary Heart Gift to the teacher, whose livelihood is entirely from teaching programs. The gift is completely voluntary according to your inspiration, and there is no suggested amount — any amount is appreciated!

This program is hybrid — offered both in-person at the Davis Shambhala Center and online via Zoom. Zoom meeting info will be provided to registrants within the week prior to the program. 

zoom logoABOUT ZOOM  This program will be presented on the Zoom platform. It is available for computers, smart phones, and tablets. You will need to download the free app on your device before joining the session. Once it’s loaded, click the link and follow the prompts to join the session.

Please join us at least 5-10 minutes in advance so that you’re set up when the program begins. And, make certain that your mic is muted when you join to avoid background noises which are multiplied with many participants.

Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Saturday & Sunday, November 11-12 • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (PT)

This program is for all new and senior students who are committed to meditation practice.

  • $150  Program Price
  • $190  Patron Price — this amount allows us to offer a “Reduced Price” option for those who are not in a position to pay the full program price at this time 
  • $100  Reduced Price
  • Generosity policy (specify an amount).

Please indicate in ‘note’ space whether you will attend in-person or via Zoom.

After completing your registration, you will automatically receive the ‘welcome’ email containing the Zoom link and attendance info, to the email you provided.

If you have questions, please contact Lyle Larson at llarson1111 [at] gmail [dot] com