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Event: White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

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NOTE: Registration for this program is open until March 31, 2020.

White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

This five-week recorded course introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Emanated from the tears of the compassionate Avalokiteshvara, peaceful White Tara is said to witness the suffering of beings through her seven eyes, and she soothes their fear, calms their anguish, heals their suffering—both individual and communal—and extends their lives. This is a lineage practice particularly relied upon in times of domestic and community turmoil and disharmony, and when personal or family health is threatened.

White Tara practices have long been popular in Kagyu and Nyingma communities; this particular short practice was composed years ago by Sakyong Mipham to soothe illness, disharmony, and suffering in the Shambhala community.

The lung (reading transmission) will be provided, and the course will be comprised of practice sessions and talks on compassion practice and the tradition of White Tara.

Prerequisite: This course is open to practitioners who have a grounding in mindfulness meditation (at least one year) and who are ready to commit to a compassion practice.

About the Teacher

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s, she became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, and was empowered as an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2000. Her teaching specialties are meditation practice, Shambhala teachings, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education. Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001), explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men. She has also edited Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY 2011). She and her husband, Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Program Details

This course is comprised of talks recorded at Shambhala Mountain Center’s White Tara program in April, 2019. It also includes the lung (reading transmission) for the practice, talks, contemplations, live group practice, and an online discussion forum. The text  can be ordered once you have received the lung. The course is asynchronous. You may view the recorded talks at your convenience. Live sessions were recorded and are available within the course.

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Registration Options

  • Individual rate: The regular course rate is $108.
  • 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
  • Centers and Groups: See this link for more information and to register.

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Generosity Policy. We want to make the teachings available to all and will work with you to ensure your participation. Log in and click on the Request a Discount link below before registering to receive a coupon code to use at checkout. For a further discount or scholarship, write to [email protected].

 

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Questions? Write to [email protected].

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Event: Vajrakilaya Practice: Overcoming Obstacles with Wrathful Compassion

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At the end of the year and in times of difficulty, Vajrakilaya practice connects us with wrathful compassion in order to overcome obstacles and döns. Join us for talks and guided Vajrakilaya practice with Acharya Eve Rosenthal.

The wrathful heruka Vajrakilaya is the yidam deity who embodies the enlightened activity of all the buddhas and whose practice is famous for being the most powerful for removing obstacles, destroying the forces hostile to compassion and purifying the spiritual pollution so prevalent in this age. Vajrakilaya is the wrathful form of the Buddha Vajrasattva. His distinctive iconographic trait is that he holds the dagger called a phurba.

Topics will include:

  • Setting the motivation for practice
  • The lineage and origin story of Vajrakilaya
  • Compassion and wrathful practice
  • The four kilas
  • The relationship between Vajrakilaya and Ashe
  • How this practice works with obstacles
  • Guided practice of Vajrakilaya – the short practice by Mipham Rinpoche (1846–1912) that is done along with the Mamo chants. No lung is required. The text will be available within the course.

Prerequisite: Shambhala Vajrayana student

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About Our Courses

The Shambhala Online Advanced Studies courses are designed to support Vajrayana practitioners as they develop their practice and deepen their understanding between major programs. 

How Much Time Does it Take?

This course features video recordings and guided practice sessions. The course is self-paced; you can view the recordings at any time, as often as you like. 

Registration Options

Regular Amount. The regular course rate is $49 per person.

Patron. The Patron rate of $99 supports our efforts to extend generosity support to those in need.

Centers: $199. Groups: $149. (Please use your Center or Group account to register.)

Generosity Policy. We want to make the teachings available to all and will work with you to ensure your participation. Click on the Request a Discount link before you register, to receive a discount code to use at checkout. For a further discount, write to [email protected].

Click here for our Refund Policy.

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Event: Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana – Course I: The First Noble Truth

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Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana

with Acharyas Susan Chapman, Fleet Maull, John Rockwell, Judith Simmer-Brown, Dan Hessey, Dale Asrael, Suzann Duquette, Eric Spiegel, Eve Rosenthal and Shastri Loden Nyima.
 
A year-long series of courses, open to all, providing an in-depth exploration of the foundational Buddhist teachings of the Hinayana through the lens of the Shambhala terma teachings.
 
You may register for the whole year at a “package discount” with substantial savings, or register for each of the five courses individually. Each course will offer 2 live events and 4-5 pre-recorded talks, making it very easy to include in your schedule. (Live sessions will be recorded and available within the course.)
 
The Five-Course Schedule

April 12 – May 31: Course I – The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri

June 14 – August 30: Course II – The Second Noble Truth: The Origin of Suffering, Part I – The Five Skandas

September 6 – October 31: Course III – The Second Noble Truth: The Origin of Suffering, Part II – The Wheel of Life; Karma; and the Twelve Nidanas

November 8 – December 30: Course IV – The Third Noble Truth: Freedom From Suffering

January 10 – February 28: Course V – The Fourth Noble Truth: The Path of Shila, Samadhi, and Prajna

 

COURSE I – The First Noble Truth: Meeting Suffering with Maitri

April 12 – May 31 with Acharyas Susan Chapman and Fleet Maull

Class 1 (live session April 12): Introduction to the First Noble Truth and Mindfulness of Body

Class 2: The Four Marks of Existence: Impermanence (annica) – Pre-recorded

Class 3: The Four Marks of Existence: Suffering (dukkha) – Pre-recorded

Class 4: The Four Marks of Existence: Egolessness (anata) – Pre-recorded

Class 5: The Four Marks of Existence: Peace (nibana) Pre-recorded

Class 6: Discussion on Zoom with both teachers (Live session May 31)

About the Teachers for Course I

Acharya Susan Chapman joined Shambhala in 1974. In addition to practicing and studying the dharma, she received an MA degree in Contemplative Psychology at Naropa in 1983. She moved from Boulder to Juneau in 1988, where she started the Shambhala Centre there. Later, with her husband Jerry, she spent nine years at Gampo Abbey, completing the three year retreat and spending six years as the druppon, or leader, for the three year retreat program. She now lives in the Vancouver, BC, area and teaches extensively as an acharya and as faculty for Karuna Training. She is the author of The Five Keys To Mindful Communication.

 

Acharya Fleet Maull, PhD has been a Shambhala practitioner for more than 40 years and was named an acharya in 2009. He leads Shambhala programs and retreats throughout North America, Europe and Latin America. Fleet is also a Roshi (senior lineage teacher) in the Zen Peacemaker and Soto Zen lineages. He is a consultant, executive coach, an internationally renowned social activist and founder of numerous engaged organizations including Prison Mindfulness Institute, Engaged Mindfulness Institute, Center for Mindfulness in Public Safety and the National Prison Hospice Association. He is the author of Dharma in Hell, The Prison Writings of Fleet Maull and Radical Responsibility: How to Move Beyond Blame, Fearlessly Live Your Highest Purpose and Become an Unstoppable Force for Good.

Registration Options 

Individuals: One course at a time→$149 for each course – Register below.

Five-course package discount→ $399 (Save $346!) Register here.

 

Patrons: One course at a time→$199 for each course – Register below.

Five-course package discount→$449 (Save $546!) Register here.

Centers: One course at a time→$399 for each course – Register below.

Five-course package discount→ $999 (Save $996!) Register here.

Groups: One course at a time→$299 for each course – Register below.

Five-course package discount→ $799 (Save $696!) Register here.

 

Generosity Policy. We want to make the teachings available to all and will work with you to ensure your participation. Log in and click on the Request a Discount link below before registering to receive a coupon code to use at checkout. For a further discount or scholarship, write to r[email protected].

Click here for our Refund Policy.

Questions? Write to [email protected].

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Event: Shambhala Online Book of the Month / May

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Welcome to this new initiative offered by Shambhala Online!

The Shambhala Online Book of the Month is an opportunity to learn about the recently published books from our many wonderful Shambhala authors and get to know them a little!

Each author will present the book’s main teaching and share what inspired them to write about it. Their presentation will be followed by a Q&A where you will be able to engage them and explore their past, current and future offerings.
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Featured Book for May

Writing as a Path to Awakening:
A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life

by Albert Flynn DeSilver

The best writers say their work comes from a source beyond the thinking mind. But how do we access that source? “We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity,” Writes Albert Flynn DeSilver. In Writing as a Path to Awakening, this renowned poet, writer, and teacher shows you how to use meditation to cultivate true depth in your writing—so your words reveal layers of profound emotional insight and revelation that inspire and move your readers.

Writing calls on us to fully engage our mind’s cognitive powers, while meditation asks us to let go of thinking and storytelling. Though these two practices may seem incompatible, Albert teaches us that they can be powerfully complimentary. With a mixture of engaging storytelling and practical exercises, Writing as a Path to Awakening invites you on a journey of growth and discovery—to enhance your writing through the practice of meditation, while using the creative process to accelerate your spiritual evolution.

About the Author

 

Albert Flynn DeSilver is a poet, memoirist, speaker and workshop leader teaching nationally at the Shambhala Mountain Center, the Esalen Institute, Spirit Rock, Omega Institute, 1440 Multiversity, and at writing conferences nationally. His latest book published by Sounds True is based on his popular meditation and writing retreats by the same name. He is also the author of several books of poems and the memoir “Beamish Boy,” (2012) which Kirkus Reviews called “a beautifully written memoir, poignant and inspirational.” He lives in Northern California.

 

 

 

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The live session is scheduled for Tuesday, May at 8:30pm (Atlantic)

4:30 pm (Pacific) / 5:30 pm (Mountain) / 6:30 pm (Central) / 7:30 pm (Eastern) / 8:30 pm Atlantic

 

Fee: $5 Individual / Patron $10 / Center $20 / Group $15

 

Please register (log in below) so we can send you:

– A link to participate in the live event

– Access to view the archived video after the live event concludes

Questions? Write to [email protected].

 

To view the full schedule of our Shambhala Online Book of the Month offerings, or to view past recordings, please click here.

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Event: Shambhala Online Book of the Month / June

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Welcome to this new initiative offered by Shambhala Online!

The Shambhala Online Book of the Month is an opportunity to learn about the recently published books from our many wonderful Shambhala authors and get to know them a little!

Each author will present the book’s main teaching and share what inspired them to write about it. Their presentation will be followed by a Q&A where you will be able to engage them and explore their past, current and future offerings.
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Featured Book for June

Undressing: A Story of Recovery and Renewal

by James O’Neill

An amazing story of what two people can do for each other if they
can trust each other.  As a therapist-in-training James O’Neill’s first referral is Abraham, a silent and frightened young man in a tightly-zipped, hooded anorak. At first, Abraham hardly speaks. But O’Neill gradually gains his trust and learns of the abuse Abrahamw as subjected to as a child, which caused him to hide away from the world – barely sleeping, too afraid to get undressed even in the shower. Over the many years they meet, Abraham’s bravery inspires O’Neill to confront his own complicated past.

Book review: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/26/undressing-review-james-oneill-psychology-trauma

 

 

About the Author

James O’Neill was born in Toronto and moved to London in 1977. His therapy training coincided with his study and practice of the Buddha Dharma. He is amember of the European Karuna faculty and also a faculty member of the Site For Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He also teaches Buddhism and Shambhala Training. For the past thirty-four years, he has worked in private practice in London. Undressing is his first book and was named Book of the Week by The Guardian newspaper and Book of the Month by Bookseller Magazine. His partner of forty-three years is the writer and Iris Murdoch biographer, Peter J. Conradi.

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The live session is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at 1:00pm (Atlantic)

9:00am (Pacific) / 10:00am (Mountain) / 11:00am (Central) / 12:00pm (Eastern) / 1:00pm (Atlantic) / 17:00 (UK) / 18:00 (Central Europe)

 

Fee: $5 Individual / Patron $10 / Center $20 / Group $15

 

Please register (log in below) so we can send you:

– A link to participate in the live event

– Access to view the archived video after the live event concludes

Questions? Write to [email protected].

 

To view the full schedule of our Shambhala Online Book of the Month offerings, or to view past recordings, please click here.

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Event: Shambhala Online Book of the Month / April

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Welcome to this new initiative offered by Shambhala Online!

The Shambhala Online Book of the Month is an opportunity to learn about the recently published books from our many wonderful Shambhala authors and get to know them a little!

Each author will present the book’s main teaching and share what inspired them to write about it. Their presentation will be followed by a Q&A where you will be able to engage them and explore their past, current and future offerings.
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Featured Book for April

Jungian Music Psychotherapy: When Psyche Sings

by Joel Kroeker

 

Jungian Music Psychotherapy explores the innate potential of contemplative
musical processes within the context of Jungian analytical psychology. Through clinical vignettes, it illustrates the self-liberating nature of sound and how the mere perception of it can point out everything we need to know about the rising and falling of awareness, emptiness and the basic nature of our mind.
 
“I have been waiting for this book all my life.”
– Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

“…a valuable addition to our understanding of music as a bridge to deep psyche.”
– Acharya Susan Chapman

 

 

 

About the Author

Joel Kroeker is a Jungian psychoanalyst, a music-centered psychotherapist and a meditation instructor. He has trained thousands of international practitioners in his original modality of Archetypal Music Psychotherapy across North and South America and parts of Europe. Kroeker is also an award winning international recording artist who offers a range of online courses.

His website:  www.joelkroeker.com

His TEDx talk:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgKqX5Yj3b8

You can purchase the book here (or on Amazon):
https://www.routledge.com/Jungian-Music-Psychotherapy-When-Psyche-Sings/Kroeker/p/book/9781138625662

 

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The live session is scheduled for Saturday, April 4 at 3:00pm (Atlantic)

11:00am (Pacific) / 12:00pm (Mountain) / 1:00pm (Central) / 2:00pm (Eastern) / 3:00pm (Atlantic) 19:00 (UK) / 20:00 (Central Europe)

 

Fee: $5 Individual / Patron $10 / Center $20 / Group $15

 

Please register (log in below) so we can send you:

– A link to participate in the live event

– Access to view the archived video after the live event concludes

Questions? Write to [email protected].

 

To view the full schedule of our Shambhala Online Book of the Month offerings, or to view past recordings, please click here.

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Event: Shambhala Online Book of the Month / March

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Welcome to this new initiative offered by Shambhala Online!

The Shambhala Online Book of the Month is an opportunity to learn about the recently published books from our many wonderful Shambhala authors and get to know them a little!

Each author will present the book’s main teaching and share what inspired them to write about it. Their presentation will be followed by a Q&A where you will be able to engage them and explore their past, current and future offerings.
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Featured Book for March

The Four Noble Truths of Wealth – A Buddhist view of economic life

by Layth Matthews

 

The Four Noble Truths of Wealth is an introduction to Buddhism and meditation, as it applies to work, money, and the emotional side of life. With a deeper understanding of wealth, we access genuine richness moment by moment, and have a better idea how to prioritize our relative wealth to increase prosperity in a lasting way. Learning to recognize and relax within the cyclone of one’s work and money karma is an excellent path to profound insight and a more joyful life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Layth Matthews is a British Columbia based business educator, financial advisor, and Shambhala Buddhist teacher. He was Director of the Victoria Shambhala Centre from 2010 – 2013 and is eager to support individuals and groups seeking a contemplative approach to economic questions.

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The live session is scheduled for Sunday, March 8 at 3:00pm (Atlantic)

11:00am (Pacific) / 12:00pm (Mountain) / 1:00pm (Central) / 2:00pm (Eastern) / 3:00pm (Atlantic) 19:00 (UK) / 20:00 (Central Europe)

 

Fee: $5 Individual / Patron $10 / Center $20 / Group $15

 

Please register (log in below) so we can send you:

– A link to participate in the live event

– Access to view the archived video after the live event concludes

Questions? Write to [email protected].

 

To view the full schedule of our Shambhala Online Book of the Month offerings, please click here.

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Event: Shambhala Day 2020 – Year of the Iron Mouse

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Shambhala Day 2020 – Year of the Iron Mouse

The broadcast program this year will include joining together in worldwide group practice, sharing Shambhala culture, and greetings from throughout our worldwide community. There will be new components to this year’s broadcast as well as some more traditional elements. All Shambhala Centers and Groups are encouraged, where possible, to host their celebrations on New Year’s Day (Monday, February 24th) so we can gather together and connect in real time as a global community. 

Broadcast time: 10am PST / 11am MST /12pm CST / 1pm EST / 2pm AST / 7pm CET.

(To check the time in your location, see this link.)

We encourage you to gather at your Center to observe the occasion.

Registration for Centers, Groups, and Land Centers

  • Please register with your Center or Group account (not your personal account).
  • Click here to create a Shambhala account for your Center or Group (if you don’t already have one).
  • Non-USA Centers, Groups and Land Centers may request a 25% exchange rate discount before registering, by using the “Request a Discount” link below. If a further discount is needed, please write to [email protected].
  • Remember to add a note in the comment box with an estimated number of people attending.
  • To view the recording after the live broadcast, go to My Programs to see your registration, click on Shambhala Day 2020 and scroll down to find the recording link. Recordings should be available shortly after the broadcast.

Registration for Individuals

  • If you are unable to participate with your Center or Group, you may register below for $25. You may also view the recordings at My Programs.

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Event: Shambhala Online Book of the Month / February

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Welcome to this new initiative offered by Shambhala Online!

The Shambhala Online Book of the Month is an opportunity to learn about the recently published books from our many wonderful Shambhala authors and get to know them a little!

Each author will present the book’s main teaching and share what inspired them to write about it. Their presentation will be followed by a Q&A where you will be able to engage them and explore their past, current and future offerings.
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Featured Book for February

Be, Awake, Create: Mindful Practices to Spark Creativity

by Rebekah Younger

 

Settle your mind, connect with the moment, and unleash your creativity with this unique and mindful art journal. 

In our demanding, fast-paced culture, it’s increasingly important to find ways to decompress and recuperate from the busyness and stress of life. More and more, mindfulness and creativity are being recognized as antidotes to the speed and overstimulation of modern society. This beautiful book combines the two, offering both creative and meditative practices to provide a guided journey into contemplative art for healing, relaxation, deeper connection, and greater well-being. 

 

 

 

About the Author

Rebekah Younger is a multidisciplinary artist with over thirty years of experience as a professional creative entrepreneur, designer, and teacher. Her work has been exhibited in museums in the San Francisco and Boston areas, as well as featured in magazines like Ornament, Fiberarts, Threads, and The Crafts Report

Younger is a trained teacher of Shambhala Art, a program exploring the creative process as a meditative practice and a means to wake oneself up to things as they are. In this training, art is viewed as a practice to cultivate an awakened mind and genuine expression beyond aggression. Younger completed an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College, with a focus on contemplative art, Buddhism, and photography/video/installation. She lives in Chicago where she teaches photography, creating, and meditation.

 

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The live session is scheduled for Saturday, February 8 at 3:00pm (Atlantic)

11:00am (Pacific) / 12:00pm (Mountain) / 1:00pm (Central) / 2:00pm (Eastern) / 3:00pm (Atlantic) 19:00 (UK) / 20:00 (Central Europe)

 

Fee: $5 Individual / Patron $10 / Center $20 / Group $15

 

Please register (log in below) so we can send you:

– A link to participate in the live event

– Access to view the archived video after the live event concludes

Questions? Write to [email protected].

 

To view the full schedule of our Shambhala Online Book of the Month offerings, please click here.

>>> See the event details and register here >>>