Sunday, February 5, 2017
Proclaiming Humanity's Goodness: Shambhala Meditation
We live in complicated times. In the midst of great change and information overload, how should we live? What can we do? Where can we find the strength to face the challenges and confusion in our lives, as well as in the greater world? According to the Shambhala teachings, our own humanity is the answer. Within our bodies, minds, and hearts, there is a genuine simplicity that we can return to and from which we can draw confidence, clarity, and compassion.
Shambhala Meditation is a practice that brings us home to the simplicity and wisdom of our human experience. It is a proclamation of humanity's goodness that helps us learn to work with our lives and embody the courage the world is calling for.
In this weekend program, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche shared this intimate practice in Halifax and for an online audience. Acharyas Eve Rosenthal and Noel McLellan also hosted this program.
The video recordings of this program are available until December 31, 2017.
Friday, February 3
7:00pm Welcome and Opening Talk - Acharya Eve Rosenthal & Acharya Noel McLellan
Saturday, February 4
9am Meditation Instruction - Acharya Noel McLellan
10:30am Keynote Talk - Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
12:30pm Lunch break
2:00pm Shambhala Meditation with Acharyas Rosenthal and McLellan
Guided practice, teaching, Shamatha Yoga and discussion
Sunday, February 5
9:00am Shambhala Meditation and Contemplation - Acharya Noel McLellan
11:30am Small group online session with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
12:00 Noon Lunch break
2:30pm Shambhala Meditation
3:30pm Q&A with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
The Sakyong, literally translated as “earth protector,” is a dharma king and lineage holder of the Shambhala lineage, guiding thousands of students around the world in the path of meditation.
The Sakyong’s teachings show us how to use everyday life as a means to ripen our spiritual potential. We practice turning the mind toward others as a discipline that creates confidence and compassion — the ability to attain success that occurs from acting virtuously.
Born in Bodhgaya, India, in 1962, the Sakyong is the eldest son of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Lady Könchok Palden. He is the incarnation of Mipham the Great, a renowned Nyingma scholar and meditation master. As part of the Mukpo clan of eastern Tibet, he is a descendant of the Tibetan warrior-king Gesar of Ling.
The Sakyong is also an avid runner who has completed nine marathons. He is author of the bestselling Turning the Mind into an Ally, the award-winning Ruling Your World, and Running with the Mind of Meditation. Through the Sakyong Foundation, he engages in supporting organizations and projects whose activities exemplify the vision of Shambhala. He teaches all over the world, using his unique blend of Eastern and Western perspectives to the benefit of his students in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Acharya Eve Rosenthal became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of Shambhala and Naropa University, in 1973. She served as Resident Director of Shambhala Training at the New York City Shambhala Center in the mid-eighties. During this period Eve began to teach the dharma. The Sakyong empowered her as a senior teacher in 2005, conferring upon her the title of Acharya. In 2011, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed her “Chair of the Acharya Council.”
She travels widely to teach on meditation, Shambhala and Buddhist principles, leading programs and retreats for the public as well as advanced practitioners. Founder of Shambhala Online, she has worked in technology on Wall Street and as a university professor. A long time practitioner and instructor of Tai Chi Chuan, she lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Acharya Noel McLellan is a second-generation Shambhala practitioner, who was raised in the culture that was emerging around Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his students.
At 16 Noel attended Warrior’s Assembly, where he first met Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. After high school he attended the first three-month Seminary led by the Sakyong. He completed a degree in Religious Studies from Colorado University, and after that was asked to become a kusung, attendant to the Sakyong. He traveled with the Sakyong in this capacity for 18 months in North America, Europe and India. Noel later held several other posts in the Dorje Kasung.
Noel lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife Marguerite Drescher and their two ferocious young children, Gabriel and Esmé. He teaches at the Shambhala School, helping to develop a transformative approach to education. He oversees training for young Shambhala teachers and leaders in social transformation, and is a mentor to the Ziji Collective which is dedicated to exploring the confluence of contemporary society and Shambhala principles. Noel’s writings on education, culture and Shambhala are available at broken leaf.
Online participants will receive:
- A protected online learning environment for receiving the teachings
- A discussion forum for discussing the program, asking questions and discovering our own wisdom
- Any handouts or resources that are part of the program
- The Shambhala Meditation transmission from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
- Permission to practice Shambhala Meditation
1) Regular Amount. $99 for individuals. $450 for Centers. $300 for Groups.
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