Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year Two

with Acharya Michael Greenleaf, Acharya Jeremy Hayward and Frank Ryan

July 17 - 28, 2013

The Sakyong has asked participants who have completed the first Scorpion Seal Assembly to gather at practice centers for Scorpion Seal Assembly 2. This retreat will focus on intensive practice of the Werma Sadhana and the other practices received at Scorpion Seal Assembly Year 1.  Reading transmissions essential to the Scorpion Seal path will also be given.

Open to participants who have already completed SSA I and the practice requirements for SSA I.

If you have already completed SSA II, and wish to repeat it, Karmê Chöling is offering a SSA II “repeater rate”. Please register over the phone for this option.

Material Fee $140

If you are interested in being on Staff for Scorpion Seal Year 2, please go to this website to apply.


Extended Stay

Program participants may extend their stay before and after an intensive group retreat at Karme Choling.
This option provides retreatants with a gentle transition between retreat time and daily life, offers additional practice time in a supportive environment, and provides opportunities to explore Karme Choling outside the rigorous schedule of a program.

For more information contact


Completion of Scorpion Seal Year 1


Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
Please choose the option that works best for you.

Patron Price: $1360
This price covers 100% of Karmê Chöling's operational cost for the program and supports financial aid for other participants. By choosing to pay this price, you extend your generosity to Karmê Chöling and the other participants. Thanks to you, we can make more scholarships available and continue to enrich Karmê Chöling.

Base Price: $1050
This cost covers 80% of operating costs for the program reflecting Karmê Chöling's commitment to keeping programs affordable. We fundraise to cover the remaining program costs.

Materials Fee: $140

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.

Online registration is not currently open.


About Acharya Michael Greenleaf

Acharya Michael Greenleaf began his dharma practice as a teenager after meeting a senior student from Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's sangha in 1974. He attended the 1978 Shambhala Vajrayana seminary with Trungpa Rinpoche and has twice served as residential staff at Karmê Chöling. For the past several years, he has studied and taught at the Vajrayana Seminaries led by Trungpa Rinpoche's dharma heir, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He is member of the core faculty charged with establishing a cycle of teaching at Karmê Chöling under the name Mukpo Institute.

About Acharya Jeremy Hayward

JEREMY HAYWARD was trained in physics and biology at Cambridge University, England, where he received a doctorate in physics. He became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970. Jeremy helped to found the Naropa University and create the Shambhala Training program. A central figure in the development of the Shambhala teachings, he has conducted seminars and retreats on Shambhala and Buddhism throughout North America and Europe. Jeremy was appointed acharya (senior teacher) of Shambhala Buddhism in 1996 and was acharya-in-residence at Dechen Chöling, the European Shambhala practice center, from 1999 to 2005. He is now Director of Education at the Shambhala practice centre of Canada, Dorje Denma Ling in Nova Scotia. An author who publishes on science and Buddhism, his most recent work is Warrior-King of Shambhala: Remembering Chögyam Trungpa.

About Frank Ryan

Frank Ryan began studying Shambhala Buddhism over thirty years ago in Chicago. He has served as a teacher, meditation instructor and administrator at Shambhala Centers throughout Western Canada, the Midwest, New England and Ireland. He and his family live in Boston, Massachusetts.

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