Weapons of Compassion: The Four Karmas (hybrid: in person and online)

with John Rockwell

November 4 - 6, 2022


Compassion is peaceful at heart but also must actively engage with sharp clarity, like a crystal sword.

In the Buddhist tradition, there are four awakened and compassionate actions (karmas): pacifying, enriching, magnetizing, and destroying. How do we know what is appropriate? In particular, how do we work with aggression and hatred? When must we “destroy”? How do we stop a violent attack without being consumed by anger and hate?

Gathering on the magical land of Karmê Chöling—either in person or online—we can deepen our connection to ourselves and each other, explore our challenging questions, and gather strength to benefit a world on fire. 

In this program: 

 - We will settle our minds with sitting meditation.

 - We will open our hearts to all through contemplating the four limitless ones and exchanging self for others through tonglen.

 - John Rockwell will give meditation instruction and short talks, and there will be time for small group discussions and creative expression.

Note: You may take this program in person at Karmê Chöling or online

This program will be led by senior teacher John Rockwell, who will will teach via Zoom from Nova Scotia. Guest faculty will guide the retreat for those who participate in person in the Karmê Chöling main shrine room.

Schedule (all times Eastern) 

Below is the basic schedule for everyone, which includes Europe and in particular our friends in Ukraine (who are 6 hours ahead of us), and of course anyone worldwide who wishes to join us. 

Friday - November 4th: For those who will attend the program in person at Karmê Chöling, the program will start the evening of Friday the 4th with an orientation.

  • 7:30 pm: Orientation with John Rockwell (online) and staff (in-person). 

Saturday - November 5th

  • 6:30 am Sitting meditation (mainly for the Europeans, but all are invited to join)
  • 8:00  Break (mealtime)
  • 9:00   Session 1: all time zones
  • 12:30 pm  Break (mealtime)
  • 2:00  Session 2: all time zones
  • 5:30  End of day for online participants. Break for Karmê Chöling participants

Sunday - November 6th

  • 6:30 am Sitting meditation (mainly for the Europeans, but all are invited to join)
  • 8:00  Break (mealtime)
  • 9:00  Session 3, all time zones
  • 12:30 pm  Break (mealtime)
  • 2:00  Session 4: all time zones
  • 5:30  End of program 


Note: The idea for this program came from the people taking part in the “Compassion for Ukraine Daily Tonglen Session”. You may join this community and learn more at:



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About John Rockwell

John Rockwell has been a student, teacher, follower, and leader on the Shambhala Buddhist path for 45 years. His inspiration is to open the heart and senses on the spot.

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