Shambhala Sadhana: The Dawn of Enlightened Society (CG)

Date: Monday, October 15, 2018
Teacher : Acharya Noel McLellan
Price for Centers: $350
Price for Groups: $225

Information is for Center and Group Registration only.

This option is for you if you have a local facilitator(s) and plan to hold weekly or weekend classes at your Center. Facilitators will show the talks and guide participants through discussions, dyads and other activities. The start and end dates are up to the Center. Individuals will register and pay through your Center, and you will set them as participants. You will register with Shambhala Online using your Center or Group's Shambhala account. (Click here for information on creating an account.)

Course Fee: $350 for Centers; $225 for Groups.

NOTE: There is now a "one-time" fee for this course. It will not need to be purchased each year!

Shambhala Sadhana: The Dawn of Enlightened Society

This six week course offers comprehensive study of the Shambhala Sadhana. By way of recorded talks, we look into the meaning and method of sadhana practice, and how this particular sadhana can open our mind and hearts to the reality of our own basic goodness, and the basic goodness of others and society. There will be contemplations, meditation in action exercises, a discussion forum to gather as a community, and two live events.

Prerequisite: Attendance at Enlightened Society Assembly or the Lung for this practice.

About the Teacher

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.

Course Outline

Week 1 

We meet each other, and are guided into this study of the Shambhala Sadhana with a recorded talk.  We will learn more about sadhana practice as Acharya Noel Mclellan guides us in Shambhala Meditation.

Week 2

We dive into the first section of the Sadhana and explore what it means to take the Shambhala and Enlightened Society Vows each time we begin our sadhana practice. Through contemplation and meditation in action, we become curious about how this practice can change our minds and hearts, and open our understanding of what it means to be a genuine and awake human being in these challenging times.

Week 3

In this class, we focus on the Sun of Goodness, delving into its qualities, and becoming curious about how this goodness is expressed in our lives, our relationships, and in the phenomenal world.

Week 4

This week we inquire into our personal basic goodness, asking ourselves if we believe in our goodness and how we express that in our lives. 

Week 5

Our relationships with others is the focus this week. Are our relationships based on basic goodness? Can we experience and honor other’s basic goodness? Are our communications and interactions inherently basically good?

Week 6

Radiating the intention to create an enlightened society, this class delves into this provocative section of the sadhana, as we ask ourselves how can we create enlightened society.

How the Course Works

The course leader or coordinator registers on behalf of the group with your Center or Group Shambhala account. (Follow these instructions for creating an account.)

  • Individuals generally register for the course with your Center or Group.
  • Participants seeking access to course materials should contact the course leader/coordinator.

Most Centers use the online resources primarily for the recorded talks, and will convene weekly classes that may include:

  • Registering individual participants;
  • Viewing the talk;
  • Using dyads to explore individuals' understanding;
  • Engaging in discussion about the topics;
  • Confirming participants so that their database record reflects completion of the course.

Your program coordinator/course leader will follow the guidelines and manuals offered by the Office of Practice and Education.

  • Please note that the Center or Group is responsible participants.
  • For those who miss a class, you may arrange for a repeat showing, or allow an excused absence.
  • Shambhala Online will not provide access to the materials for individual use.

Registration fee: $350 Centers; $225 Groups.

NOTE for Non-USA Centers and Groups: You may use the exchange rate discount of 25% by clicking on the "Request a discount" link below before you register.

Questions or concerns? Please write to Jackie Roberts, Shambhala Online Liaison for Centers and Groups, at [email protected].

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