A Year of Deepening in Compassion

The path of the Bodhisattva Warrior begins with developing affection for ourselves and expands this to others, dissolving the barriers that divide us. To support this practice, the Shambhala Acharyas have offered to lead the community in a year-long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings of our lineage.

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This course is the third of a four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings.

The power of the Mahayana comes from its clarity regarding the true nature of reality. This clarity is described as penetrating insight (prajna) that sees that the world is actually different from what we habitually think it is. Instead of assuming that beings, objects and systems are solid, truly existing independently, the bodhisattva sees that everything is empty of concepts and reference points (shunyata). Everything depends upon everything else, and phenomena arise interdependently (pratityasamutpada). This pivotal insight changes everything, bringing tremendous joy and freedom to the path. This is absolute bodhicitta, the fertile basis of the compassion of the bodhisattva.

Join us in this wonderful opportunity to hear many of our most learned teachers and to gather together as a community to practice and contemplate the profound Mahayana.

Five Live Zoom Sessions/Talks with Q&A

July 28 – Going beyond Concept: Prajna and Absolute Bodhicitta
with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
August 11 – Heart Sutra: Twenty-five Lines On How to Practice Prajña Paramita
with Acharya David Schneider
August 25 – Wisdom and the Great Mother: Mahayana Feminine Principle
with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
September 8 – Glimpses of Sunyana
with Acharya Melissa Moore
September 22 – Prajna & Compassion: From Empathy to Compassion
with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
October 6 – Live Group Discussion led by the Acharyas

The course also includes:

  • The ability to listen to the recording on your own schedule if you cannot attend the live talk
  • Readings suggestions
  • Contemplations
  • A discussion forum to share your thoughts with other participants

Schedule for Live Talks (all Sundays)
Times10:00 am (Pacific), 11:00 am (Mountain), 1:00 pm (Eastern),
2:00 (Atlantic), 18:00 (England), 19:00 (Germany)



For more information and to register, see the links below.
NOTE: Package discounts for all four courses are available.

A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part I: The Four Limitless Ones

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

A Year of Deepening in Compassion: a four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. Package discount available.



The Four Limitless Ones is the first course of the four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. This course includes an in-depth exploration of The Four Limitless Ones, as well as an audio talk by Acharya Pema Chodron giving Tonglen instruction.

  • Shamatha and Maitri: Establishing the Foundations for our Mahayana Journey with Acharya Susan Chapman
  • Equanimity with Acharya Eve Rosenthal
  • Loving Kindness with Acharya Fleet Maull
  • Compassion with Acharya Dale Asrael
  • Sympathetic Joy and Course Conclusion with Acharya Dan Hessey


A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part II: The Joyful Snow Lion and The Paramitas

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019

The second of a four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. Package discount available.



The Joyful Snow Lion: the Paramitas, the second course of the four-part series, includes an exploration of Relative Bodhicitta and how we put our aspiration into action with the practice of the Paramitas.

  • Generosity with Acharya Marty Janowitz
  • Discipline with Acharya Emily Bower
  • Patience with Acharya Suzann Duquette
  • Exertion with Acharya Moh Hardin
  • Dhyana: Meditation, with Acharya John Rockwell