Six Talks on the Protector Principle and Protectors
This six-class course offered by Walker Blaine will explore protector principle and the protector chants. It will focus on understanding the purpose of the different protector chants, the meaning of protector principle, and how it is applicable to everyday life.
(Image to the right: the Victory Banner is a symbol for overcoming the maras).
Este curso tiene subtítulos en español.
Class 1 - Protector Principle and The Shambhala Protector Chant
Class 2 -Protectors of the Three Courts & the Structure of Protector Chants
Class 3 -Four-Armed Mahakala, Vetali, and the Kagyu Lineage
Class 4 -Ekajati, Rahula, Vajrasadhu, and the Nyingma Lineage
Class 5 -Magyal Pomra, Gesar, Nyentak Marpo and the Shambhala Lineage
Class 6 -The Concluding Request to the Protectors
The original six talks were each 2 hours long. They are divided into shorter videos of 15-40 minutes for this course. The course starts with a separate video of a guided White Tara practice, which can be used for short practice sessions at the beginning of each class. It ends with several video clips containing questions and answers from the live sessions.
This course is open to all Shambhala practitioners. (There are No Prerequisites Required For This Program)
English and Spanish captions are available in the videos.
Published editions of the chants that we will be studying may be ordered from the Nalanda Translation Committee.
About the Teacher
Walker Blaine has offered several, pre-recorded Shambhala Online courses in recent years. His style of teaching is gentle, detailed, and good-humored.
Walker has been part of the community for more than 35 years, spending many of those years working, living, or on retreat at rural land centers. In addition to being a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Walker studied intensively under the guidance of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, one of the great meditation masters who left Tibet in the late 1950s.
Since 2012 Walker has provided background support for the texts and instructions of the Sakyong lineage teachings, as well as overseeing Tibetan translation projects for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. His account of the Rinchen Terdzö received by the Sakyong in 2008 can be downloaded here. Walker lives with his wife Patricia and their son Griffin in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is working on a book about Shambhala Buddhism.
There is a "Pay what you can" option for this course.
Please consider the value that the course has to you in the context of your own personal circumstances when making your offering.
Questions? Write to [email protected].
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