Great Eastern Sun

Sacred Path Series

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Director: Gaylon Ferguson

Date & Time Details:


17th and 18th from 9am to 5pm
February 2024


Hybrid (online and on-land)

Program Fee:

Generosity Price - $199

Tuition - $149

Room/Meals Fee:

This will be added in during the registration process.
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Contact Us:

Karmê Chöling
(802) 633-2384

The Great Eastern Sun vision is the entry way into sacred world. Its practice is to create an uplifted and sane society. In this program we learn to see the Great Eastern Sun as the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists.

The Sacred Path Series

The Sacred Path program continues the student's training in meditation, bringing the principles of peaceful warriorship and mindfulness-awareness into daily life. In particular, it is designed to nurture the student's natural ability to experience the world as sacred, widen their sphere of compassionate and practical influence and support their aspiration to create an enlightened society.

During a series of visionary experiences that took place between 1976 and 1980, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche wrote down what became known as the Shambhala terma; a series of texts. "The Sacred Path of the Warrior" is based on these texts and on the extensive commentaries Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche gave on these teachings and on how to practice them in modern times.

Meditation & Teachings

  • Daily talks by the Senior Teacher
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Sitting meditation practice
  • Walking meditation
  • Time to gather and converse
  • Opportunity to meet one-on-one with a meditation instructor

Please inquire if you need to have the teachings translated. We will do our best to provide that for you. We have received requests for Russian translation, from participants of several Eastern European countries, which we will provide. 

A Hybrid Program

This program is being offered both in-person and online to allow students from other countries to participate, who otherwise couldn't.

We strongly encourage everyone who can attend in-person, to come to our meditation center and immerse themselves in the retreat environment of Karmê Chöling. This allows you extra time to socialise with other participants and with the teachers as well as enjoy the rural Vermont countryside. 

If you do attend the program in-person, please plan to arrive Friday night.

You can also extend your stay, either before or after the program, as an in-house retreatant and practice the teachings with us longer.


Completion of Shambhala Training Levels I-V is required to continue on with the Sacred Path series.

These precious teachings are core to who we are as a community. Even if you have taken the Sacred Path courses previously, you can refresh your understanding of the wisdom they contain by hearing some of our most senior teachers speak on them.


Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

Generosity Price: $199.00
You're able to help us with this commitment by choosing the "Generosity Price". The money above the basic tuition cost goes into a scholarship fund for those who might not be able to attend a program otherwise.

Tuition: $149.00
This is the price of the program, it does not include housing options or material fees.

Please Note:
Price does not include accommodations, which will be added during the registration process.


Payment Policies:
Please read the payment policy before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.


Gaylon Ferguson
Director: Gaylon Ferguson

Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, has practiced and taught Buddhism for over four decades. He received a doctorate in cultural anthropology in 1996 and taught at several universities, including fifteen years as core faculty at Naropa. He is a senior dharma teacher in the Shambhala International Buddhist community and has led meditation programs in numerous cities in the U.S. and internationally since 1976. He has been published in anthologies including "Dharma, Color, and Culture"; "Mindful Politics"; and "Black and Buddhist". He is the author of "Natural Wakefulness" and "Natural Bravery".

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