Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year One

with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

July 20 - August 3, 2011

The Scorpion Seal Assembly Year 1 offers an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of the Werma sadhana and receive the innermost teachings of the Shambhala terma, The Scorpion Seal of the Golden Sun, the heart essence of the Druk Sakyong.

Entering the Scorpion Seal path requires a strong samaya commitment to the living Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, the lineage of Sakyongs, and an established commitment to ongoing practice and study. Participants will be asked to fulfill practice requirements after the Assembly and to make this the focus of their practice and study path for several years.

This commitment involves more than choosing an individual practice that we want to pursue. The Sakyong is asking the vajrayana community to join him in taking collective responsibility for manifesting this Shambhala terma and the precious legacy of the Vidyadhara for the benefit of our world.


Participants must apply to the Shambhala Office of Practice and Education, and be accepted to attend the Scorpion Assembly program. The prerequisites for attendance are posted on the Shambhala application site.


This year, the Chagdzö Kyi Khap, Office of Practice and Education and all the Practice Centres have worked together to come up with a simpler, more comprehensive system for covering the costs of our programs, including the gifts offered to the Sakyong and acharyas. We are combining the gifts and the program tuition into one single fee. Thus, this year's fees for our advanced programs include all the honoraria for the Sakyong and the acharyas. We are retaining the concluding tangra offering (to the lineage) as part of the concluding ceremonies, and you will be invited to make whatever voluntary offering you wish at that time. You will also have an opportunity to make a gift to the lead acharya at the end of the retreat. For more information, please click here.

Materials fee is $199 for this program.

The Scholarship application deadline is June 20th, please apply here.

If you have questions, please contact Jane Alper at


This program requires pre-authorization in order to register. An authorization code will be included in your acceptance letter.


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

Patron Price: $1678
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: $1314
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: $199

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

Online registration is not currently open.


About Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is the dharma heir and son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain Center’s founder. Sakyong Mipham is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally, as well as Ruling Your World,  Running with the Mind of Meditation and The Shambhala Principle. His background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received his spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas. In addition to Shambhala, the Sakyong also holds the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. An avid poet, artist and athlete, he travels extensively teaching throughout the world.

About Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

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.

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