Enlightened Society Assembly (formerly Sutrayana Seminary)

with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and Acharya Eve Rosenthal

February 4 - 19, 2012

The Enlightened Society Assembly (Sutrayana Assembly) is a Shambhala mahayana program that emphasizes the view of the intrinsic goodness of all beings, practices that rouse bodhichitta and compassionate openness, and confident activity that engages fully in the world.   In particular, living up to its name, this Assembly will focus on how we can create enlightened society on the spot, at home, in our city and nation, and wherever we go. To apply, visit Shambhala International.

This program is a prerequisite for Sacred World Assembly (formerly Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary).

The program begins the evening of February 4. February 19 is a departure morning with no programming scheduled.

There will be a materials fee in addition to the program fee. The amount is to be determined.


Students applying to Enlightened Society Assembly should have completed the following before the program:

  • A dathün.

  • The Way of Shambhala I & II (which includes the Heart of Warriorship and Sacred Path levels),

  • or the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies (or an equivalent, intermediate level of Buddhist study), including study of the 1999 and 2000 Shambhala Sutrayana Seminary Transcripts AND The Shambhala Training Sacred Path program through Outrageous & Inscrutable.
    This is a new requirement. In this transition year, if you were planning to attend Sutrayana Seminary but will not be able to complete the Sacred Path before the program, please talk to your Shambhala Training Resident Director to discuss ways of covering this material before the program.

  • Membership in your local Shambhala Meditation centre/group or a Shambhala International membership For more information on membership, contact your local Shambhala centre or visit http://www.shambhala.org/community/membership/. if you live in a remote area where center membership is not possible, you can become a member of Shambhala International by contacting Thomas Cory at tacory@gmail.com.

Students from Europe not living near a local centre can contact Christine Drabek to arrange a Shambhala Europe membership.

As always, we will consider exceptions to these pre-requisites in this transition year, and in particular, for those who live in remote areas or from smaller centers.


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: $1787
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: $1395
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.

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 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.

About Acharya Eve Rosenthal

Eve Rosenthal has been a meditator in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition since 1973. She holds a doctorate in Computer Science, is the founder of Shambhala Online, and has worked in technology on Wall Street as well having been a university professor (in technology!). She travels widely to teach on meditation and Shambhala principles and is a long time practitioner and instructor of Tai Chi Chuan. Eve lives in Nova Scotia with her spouse, Basia.

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