A Year of Deepening in Compassion: Parts I - IV

Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Price per person: $389
Patron Price: $449
Price for Centers: $999
Price for Groups: $699


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.

Through Shambhala Online, these talks will occur, beginning on February 10th and conclude in January 2020. Throughout the year, the main practice is tonglen, which will be taught by Ani Pema Chodron with both a guided meditation and an audio talk that will be posted on the home page for the course. Additionally, live online talks by acharyas will introduce and support other practices of the Mahayana. 

The year’s teachings are divided into four seasonal themes. Every three months a new course will begin but the program will be continuous. Within each season, acharyas will be offering talks that relate to that topic with their own personal approach. There will be one online discussion forum for each season.

The themes for the four seasons echo the virtues of the Four Dignities of the Shambhala Path

February 10 - April 21: Tiger, friendly to self and merciful to others: The Four Immeasurables

May 5 - July 14: Lion, The Joyful Snow Lion and the Paramitas

July 28 - October 6: Garuda, space beyond hope and fear: Heart Sutra and Sunyata

October 20 - January 19: Dragon, compassionate engagement: Lojong, mind training

The courses also include:

  • Five live classes with an Acharya with an opportunity for Q&A.
  • The classes will be recorded, and each will be led by a different Acharya.
  • Access to the recordings 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 will be posted in the course.
  • Contemplations to help us integrate these fundamental teachings into our daily lives
  • A discussion forum.

Part 1 - The Four Limitless Ones, is the first course of the four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. This course includes Tonglen instruction and an audio talk by Acharya Pema Chodron and an introduction to The Four Limitless Ones. Recordings of the live sessions that took place from February 10 to April 21 are available within the course.


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


Part II - The Joyful Snow Lion and the Paramitas, is the second course in series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. This course includes an exploration of Relative Bodhicitta and how we put our aspiration into action with the practice of the Paramitas.


Schedule for Part II Live Sessions and Talks (all Sundays)

Generosity with Acharya Marty Janowitz (preceded by a short recorded intro talk with Acharya Chapman)
Discipline with Acharya Emily Bower
Patience with Acharya Suzann Duquette
Exertion with Acharya Moh Hardin
Live Group Discussion led by the Acharyas
Samadhi and Course Conclusion, with Acharya John Rockwell

Part III - Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhicitta is the third course of the four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teaching.

Schedule for Part III Live Sessions and Talks (all Sundays)

July 28 – Prajnaparamita and Absolute Bodhicitta with Acharya Judith Simmer Brown
August 11 – Heart Sutra with Acharya David Schneider
August 25 – Feminine Principle with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
September 8 – Glimpses of Sunyata with Acharya Melissa Moore
September 22 – Prajna & Compassion with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

October 6 – Live Group Discussion led by the Acharyas

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


Package Discount Options

  • Individual rate: $389 for the entire four-part series.
  • Center and Group rate: $999 Centers, $699 Groups.
  • Patron rate: The patron rate of $449 supports our efforts to connect teachers and learners through online programs. In particular, it helps us offer the generosity policy to those in need.

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