A 5-week Interactive Course
Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. When we touch the world directly, we discover ordinary magic. No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include everything as part of the path and play with whatever arises. The challenges and richness of daily life become opportunities for both contemplative practice and social and ecological action.
Class size is limited to ensure a satisfying learning experience.
Prerequisite for this Course
Fearlessness in Everyday Life. Shambhala Training Levels I-IV recommended but not required.
About the Teacher
Ashe Acharya John Rockwell has been a student of Buddhism and the Shambhala teachings for 30 years. He was professor of Buddhist Studies at the Naropa Institute for 12 years, co-director of Karmê Chöling Meditation Center for 4 years, and Director of Shambhala International for 5 years. He is a member of the Nalanda Translation Committee, which translates Buddhist texts and liturgies into English. In 1996, he was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to be an acharya (senior teacher) for the Shambhala community, and in 2001, he became the Ashe Acharya, in charge of the International Office of Practice and Education. After living at Karmê Chöling as the Resident Acharya, he now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Reading List for this course:
Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life, Sakyong Mipham, Harmony, 2006
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chögyam Trungpa, Shambhala Publications, 2010
Journey without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha, Chögyam Trungpa, Shambhala Publications, 2010
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 5 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 opens. To take the discount use this coupon code: BEPWW9.
Regular Amount. The regular course rate of $150 applies 2 weeks prior to the start date.
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