Deepening Compassion: The Path of the Bodhisattva Warrior, Courses I-IV

Pema ChödrönDale AsraelEmily BowerSusan ChapmanSuzann DuquetteGaylon FergusonHolly GayleyMoh HardinDan HesseyMarty JanowitzFleet MaullMelissa MooreJohn RockwellEve RosenthalDavid SchneiderJudith Simmer-BrownSusan Skjei

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The path of the Bodhisattva Warrior begins with developing affection for ourselves and expands this to others, dissolving the barriers that divide us. In this course, senior teachers offer 21 wonderful talks, accompanied by contemplative and meditation practices, from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings of our lineage.

Through its four topic areas, this course presents an overview of the main Mahayana Path teachings, as well as suggested reading and contemplation questions to help you deepen your understanding of the material. The four sections are:

I. Maitri and the Four Immeasurables

With Pema Chödrön, Susan Chapman, Eve Rosenthal, Fleet Maull, Dale Asrael, and Dan Hessey

This course includes an introduction to the Mahayana from Susan Chapman, and personal instruction from Pema Chödrön on the compassion practice of Tonglen (“sending and taking”).

The course then introduces The Four Immeasurables:

  • Equanimity, with Eve Rosenthal,
  • Loving-Kindness, with Fleet Maull,
  • Compassion, with Dale Asrael, and
  • Sympathetic Joy, with Dan Hessey.

II. Relative Bodhicitta and the Paramitas

With Marty Janowitz, Emily Bower, Suzann Duquette, Moh Hardin, and John Rockwell

An exploration of relative bodhicitta and how we put our aspiration into action with the practice of the Paramitas:

  • Generosity, with Marty Janowitz,
  • Discipline, with Emily Bower,
  • Patience, with Suzann Duquette,
  • Exertion, with Moh Hardin, and
  • Dhyana (Meditation), with John Rockwell.

III. Emptiness and Absolute Bodhicitta

With Judith Simmer-Brown, David Schneider, and Melissa Moore

The power of the Mahayana comes from its clarity regarding the true nature of reality. This section includes the following talks:

  • Going Beyond Concept: Prajña and Absolute Bodhicitta, with Judith Simmer-Brown,
  • The Heart Sutra: Twenty-five Lines On How to Practice Prajña Paramita, with David Schneider,
  • Wisdom and the Great Mother: Mahayana Feminine Principle, with Judith Simmer-Brown,
  • Glimpses of Śūnyatā, with Melissa Moore, and
  • Prajña & Compassion: From Empathy to Compassion, with Judith Simmer-Brown

IV. Lojong and Compassionate Engagement

With Gaylon Ferguson, John Rockwell, Holly Gayley, Fleet Maull, and Susan Skjei

This last section of the course 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.

  • Introduction to Lojong and the Four Reminders, with Gaylon Ferguson,
  • Absolute Slogans, with John Rockwell,
  • Relative Slogans Part I, with Holly Gayley,
  • Relative Slogans Part II, with Fleet Maull, and
  • Bringing It Into All Areas of Life, with Susan Skjei.

Teachers and Faculty

Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. She is resident teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. She is also the author of many books and audiobooks, including the best-selling When Things Fall Apart and Don’t Bite the Hook.

Dale Asrael became a student of Trungpa Rinpoche in 1973, and has trained in both the Tibetan Buddhist and Zen traditions. She teaches programs, and leads meditation retreats internationally, and is an authorized teacher of traditional Daoist Qigong. She is a Professor at Naropa University, where she founded and leads the Naropa Mindfulness Instructor Training, a year-long program. Her writing is published in three anthologies: “Love of Wisdom Puts You on the Spot” in Meditation in the Classroom; “No Hidden Corners” in Shadows and Light; and “Compassionate Abiding” in Brilliant Sanity.

Emily Bower started meditating and studying with the Shambhala community in 1987 in Berkeley, California. She lives and works now in Los Angeles as a book editor and publishing consultant, and is a co-founder of Dharma Spring, a curated online Buddhist bookshop, launching in 2017. She is an editor for 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha, an international non-profit initiative to translate all of the Buddha’s words into modern languages and to make them available to everyone, free of charge. In her service as a senior teacher in the Shambhala community, she leads both extended retreats and weekend programs. She especially enjoys presenting on themes that bring practical application to our wisdom traditions.

Susan Chapman has been a student of Shambhala since 1974. She has an MA in Buddhist and Western Psychology from Naropa University, worked with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence, and is a licensed Marital and Family Therapist. With her husband Jerry she founded the Juneau Shambhala Center and later completed Gampo Abbey’s three-year retreat, where she went on to serve as druppon “retreat leader” for six more years. She is the author of the book The Five Keys to Mindful Communication.

Suzann Duquette has been a student of Shambhala for more than 40 years, beginning with the first summer of The Naropa Institute. She is a core faculty member of the Shambhala Ritual Academy, which focuses on strengthening and furthering sacred ceremonial and liturgical forms of Shambhala. She is also a Daoist-Qigong instructor in the lineages of Dr. Eva Wong and a Mudra Space Awareness teacher. A resident teacher at Karmê Chöling, she teaches, inspires community practice and study, and is lead core faculty of the Mukpo Institute, a residential program for deep practice and study. With her husband Jan Enthoven, she also owns and operates Blue Skies, a bed and breakfast near Karmê Chöling.

Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, taught Interdisciplinary and Religious Studies for 15 years at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. (He was recently granted early release for good behavior.) He has led group meditation retreats since 1976; thus far, not a single participant in these retreats has attained complete, solid egohood. He is the author of two books: Natural Wakefulness, on the four foundations of mindfulness as taught by Trungpa Rinpoche, and Natural Bravery, on the sacred path of fear and fearlessness.

Holly Gayley teaches courses on Buddhism in the Religious Studies department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has been a practitioner of meditation in the Shambhala community since 1992 and regularly leads meditation workshops. Holly enjoys traveling to nomadic areas of Tibet for her research on contemporary Buddhist movements and trekking in the Himalayas and Rocky Mountains with her dogs, Buster and Poky.

Moh Hardin met Chögyam Trungpa in 1972 and has been a student of Shambhala since that time. He is the author of A Little Book of Love: Buddhist Wisdom on Bringing Happiness to Ourselves and our World. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his wife Cynde Grieve.

Daniel Hessey has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1973 and has taught extensively throughout the U.S. and South America. He was the resident Acharya at Drala Mountain Center and currently lives at Karmê Chöling.

Marty Janowitz has been a student-practitioner of meditation and Buddhism since encountering his teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche at the age of 20 in 1970. Central to his practice and learning has been action towards sustainable and environmentally healthy communities expressing the heart of awareness. He has been involved in this movement for 30+ years as an activist, volunteer and consultant in Canada and internationally, most recently focused on sustainable communities and interfaith action on our climate crisis. Marty lives with his wife Susanna in central Mexico, where he teaches and trains and practices as an executive and life coach, drawing on all the intertwined dimensions of his life experience.

Fleet Maull has been a Shambhala practitioner for more than 40 years. 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.

Melissa Moore, PhD, has been a student of Shambhala since 1979. She has a Master’s Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University. She co-founded the Karuna Training, a 3-year professional certificate training in Contemplative Psychology and a division of Shambhala Europe. She remains an active teacher and developer of curriculum. She is a Senior Executive of Family Service Agency of San Francisco and since 2005 has been the founding Director of The Felton Institute, dedicated to research and training in community mental health services for marginalized populations suffering from mental illness. She has extensive experience as a clinician and manager of several clinics developed for the treatment of eating disorders, dissociative disorders, and trauma related illnesses.

John Rockwell read Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism in 1975, and was amazed by the clearest description of confusion he had ever read. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche shortly after and became his student. As a member of the Nalanda Translation Committee, he worked closely Trungpa Rinpoche on translations of The Rain of WisdomThe Life of Marpa, and other texts. He received a M.A. in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University and began teaching there, eventually as a core faculty member in Buddhist Studies. He also taught at the Ngedön School in Boulder for many years, and he travels internationally to teach.

Eve Rosenthal became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of Shambhala and Naropa University, in 1973. She travels widely to teach on meditation, Shambhala and Buddhist principles, leading programs and retreats for the public as well as advanced practitioners. The founder of Shambhala Online, she has worked in technology on Wall Street and as a university professor. She is a longtime practitioner and instructor of Tai Chi Chuan. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

David Schneider began Zen practice 1971. Later that year he did several retreats under Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. In 1972, he saw Suzuki Roshi and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche together at the San Francisco Zen Center. David moved into the San Francisco Zen Center where he was ordained by Richard Baker Roshi in 1977, and where he lived for 13 years, practicing, studying and doing many academic and practical jobs as part of community life. In 1985 David was formally accepted by Trungpa Rinpoche as a student. David wrote Street Zen, a biography of Issan Dorsey, published in 1993. He teaches meditation programmes around Europe, and continues to pursue writing projects and calligraphy exhibitions.

Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emeritx of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. A Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970s, she became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974. 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.

Susan Skjei, PhD, is an educator, coach and organizational consultant specializing in leadership and transformative change. She was the Director of the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University and a founding member of the Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Institute in Nova Scotia. She currently consults internationally with leaders of non-profit organizations and businesses worldwide through her company Sane Systems.

Individual: $249
Patron: $299 The Patron rate helps us offer our generosity policy to those in need.
Centers: $499
Groups: $399