A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part IV - Lojong and Compassionate Engagement

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Coordinator: Diane Whitcomb
Price per person: $108
Patron Price: $149
Price for Centers: $300
Price for Groups: $200


A Year of Deepening in Compassion

Shambhala Online is pleased to offer a year-long series of Buddhist Mahayana teachings taught by the Shambhala Acharyas. These live events began in February 2019 and concluded in January 2020. 

The teachings are divided into four seasonal themes, with a new course beginning every three months. Within each season, acharyas will be offering talks that relate to that topic with their own personal approach. There will be one online discussion group for each season.

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

Part I: Tiger, friendly to self and merciful to others: The Four Immeasurables

Part II: Lion, The Joyful Snow Lion and the Paramitas

Part III: Garuda, space beyond hope and fear: Heart Sutra and Sunyata

Part IV: Dragon, compassionate engagement: Lojong, mind training

For more information on the entire four-part series, see this link.


Part IV - Skillful Dragon: Lojong and Compassionate Engagement

Summary for the whole course

The spiritual path does not lead to non-activity and withdrawing from the world. In the Shambhala tradition, the master warrior is profoundly engaged. 

He or she can rest in space, but doesn’t hold on to that experience… 

Rather, the increased relaxation and openness allow the warrior to manifest and respond in a way that is skillful and wise, because completely in touch with what is going on. 

This last section of the four-part series explores 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 recorded classes with an Acharya.
  • Access to the recordings, which are available in the course.
  • 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.

Part IV - Course Outline

  • Awakening the Heart of Compassion: An Introduction to Lojong and the Four Reminders with Acharya Gaylon Ferguson
  • Empty Heart: Absolute Bodhicitta Slogans with Acharya John Rockwell
  • Generating Compassion, Touching the Suffering of the World (Relative Slogans Part I) with Acharya Holly Gayley
  • Cultivating the Resilient Heart of the Warrior with Acharya Fleet Maull
  • Bodhicitta in Everyday Life with Acharya Susan Skjei
  • The Vow of the Bodhisattva Warrior: the Radical Wisdom of an Open Heart (Summary of the Year) with Acharya Susan Chapman 

Registration Options

  • Individual rate: The regular course rate is $108.
  • Center and Group rates: $300 Centers, $200 Groups
  • Patrons: The Patron rate of $149 supports our efforts to connect teachers and learners through online programs. In particular, it helps us offer the generosity policy to those in need.

Package Discount (includes all four courses):

To register for Part I only: The Four Immeasurables, see this link.

To register for Part II only: The Joyful Snow Lion and the Paramitas, see this link.

To register for Part III only: The Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhicitta, see this link.

Please note: Parts I, II and III are not prerequisites for Part IV.

For more information on the entire four-part series, see this link.

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