A 6-week Interactive Course
This six-session recorded course explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at a Shambhala understanding of society, and what enlightened society may be. Is society something that is ultimately confused, or is there goodness in human society? The course focuses on transforming four aspects of society: relations with family (household), professional life, entertainment, and economy. We learn the traditional mahayana practice of “sending and taking” (tonglen).
Open to all. Strongly recommended preparation: An Introduction to Shamhala Meditation; Basic Goodness 1: The Basic Goodness of Being Human; and Meditation in Everyday Life, or Contentment in Everyday Life, or Shambhala Training Level I. See Upcoming Programs for a schedule of these courses)
About the Teacher
Acharya Arawana Hayashi joined the Naropa Institute (now University) in 1976 as Co-Director of the Dance Program with Barbara Dilley, and began her study of bugaku, Japanese Court Dance, the following year. In 1981 she founded and directed the Jo Ha Kyu Performance Group and directed the company for 19 years.
Since 2002 she has taught meditation and creative process at ALIA (formerly the Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership). She is on the faculty of the Mukpo Institute at Karme Choling and the Authentic Leadership Program at Naropa University. Since 2004 she has been teaching innovative leadership workshops with social researcher, Otto Scharmer, and is a founding member of the Presencing Institute, currently creating a Social Presencing Theater, which applies Shambhala art to organizational and social change projects.
Acharya Hayashi has taught Shambhala Training levels since 1982, and has co-directed five Warrior Assemblies. She has been a teacher in residence at Karme Choling and since 1994 has been working with the Shambhala Art Program and chairs the Shambhala Arts Council. She was appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham in 2005.
Reading List for this course
Shambhala, Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala Publications 2010
The Shambhala Principle, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Harmony, 2013
Work, Sex, and Money, Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Publications 2011
About Our Courses
The Way of Shambhala courses are designed for those who don’t live near a Shambhala Center, or who need a particular course in order to continue on the path. Each course in the series features a senior Shambhala teacher, an online community of participants, and facilitation by an experienced course leader. Over 6 to 8 weeks, course participants view recorded teachings, then gather in the online learning environment to discuss, contemplate and engage in exercises aimed at deepening their understanding.
When Does the Class Meet?
The course is asynchronous. You may view the recorded talks at your convenience. The recommended schedule is to view one talk each week and complete the associated readings and exercises in the module. There are 6 talks; the course is open for 8 weeks.
Please note that an important aspect of the course involves meeting with another course participant for dialogue. You can arrange live meetings via telephone, an online meeting forum such as Skype, or in person.
How Much Time Does it Take?
Most participants spend 1 to 2 hours per week on the course. The talks average 45 minutes in length. Allow yourself time to do the readings, meditation practices and other assignments. It’s a good idea to schedule the time on your calendar as you would for a face-to-face class.
Early Bird Discount. The Early Bird course rate of $99 is available until 2 weeks before the program begins. To take the discount at registration use this coupon code: JXDZPR.
Regular Amount. The regular course rate of $149 applies 2 weeks prior to the start date.
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