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.

To register for the entire four-part series at a “package discount“, see this link.

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PART 4 – Part IV:  The Skillful Dragon – Lojong and Compassionate Engagementsunflower

This  last section of the course will explore the teachings on Lojong, Atisha’s famous mind-training slogans, that invite us to utilize the difficulties and problems we encounter to deepen our path. Rather than seeing the unwanted aspects of life as obstacles, they can be viewed as the raw material necessary for awakening genuine uncontrived compassion, for ourselves and others.

The course includes:

  • Six live classes with an Acharya with an opportunity for Q&A.
  • Access to the recordings, which will be available in the course if you miss a session.
  • A live discussion led by the Acharyas. (Live discussions are not recorded.)
  • Readings and book suggestions to deepen our understanding of these teachings
  • Contemplations to help us integrate these fundamental teachings into our daily lives
  • A discussion forum.

Schedule for Live Sessions and Talks (all Sundays)
For those unable to attend, all live sessions will be recorded and available within the course.

October 20 – Introduction to Lojong and the Four Reminders with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

November 3 – Absolute Slogans with Acharya John Rockwell

November 17 – Relative Slogans Part I with Acharya Holly Gayley

December 1 – Relative Slogans Part II with Acharya Fleet Maull

December 15 – Bringing It Into All Areas of Life with Acharya Susan Skjei

January 5 – Discussion Groups led by the Acharyas

January 19 – Summary of the Year with Acharya Susan Chapman

Meeting times: 10am Pacific / 11am Mountain /12pm Central / 1pm Eastern / 2pm Atlantic / 6pm UK / 7pm Central Europe 



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
  • The Practice of Tonglen with Ani Pema Chödron
  • 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


A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part III - Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhicitta

Date: Sunday, July 28, 2019

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



Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhicittathis 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.

  • Going Beyond Concept: Prajna and Absolute Bodhicitta with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
  • The Heart Sutra: Twenty-five Lines On How to Practice Prajña Paramita with Acharya David Schneider
  • Wisdom and the Great Mother: Mahayana Feminine Principle with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
  • Glimpses of Sunyana with Acharya Melissa Moore
  • Prajna & Compassion: From Empathy to Compassion with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown