Enlightened Society Assembly

with Acharya Arawana Hayashi and Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

February 15 - March 2, 2013

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.

Participants in the Enlightened Society Assembly will receive the lung for the Shambhala Sadhana, a practice written by the Sakyong. This powerful practice will further our understanding of our own and society's inherent goodness and wisdom.   In addition participants will have the opportunity to take the two vows that were offered by the Sakyong at the 2012 Lineage Festivals around our mandala, the Enlightened Society Vow and the Shambhala Vow.  With the Enlightened Society Vow, we commit to the goodness of others and of society, and with the Shambhala Vow, we commit to our own basic goodness.  This assembly will integrate study, practice, contemplation, and community through the teachings of Shambhala Buddhism.

This program is a prerequisite for Warrior Assembly.

Prerequisites:

In order to attend Enlightened Society Assembly, you must apply to and be accepted to the program.

** Please note the Prerequisites have changed**

Students applying to the Enlightened should have completed the following before the program (please note that these are new requirements) :

Shambhala Levels I through V
Everyday Life Series: Meditation, Contentment, Joy, Fearlessness and Wisdom or Sacred Path weekends (not including Golden Key)
Basic Goodness Series (if possible)
Rigden Weekend
One Weekthun
Membership in your local Shambhala Meditation Center/Group

 

To apply, please visit Shambhala International's Advance Programs Page.

Preauthorization:

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


Pricing

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.

FULL PRICE: $1790
Those who can are encouraged to register using this option.

DISCOUNT PRICE: $1395
To encourage all to study, we offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price. Charitable donations provide the funding to make this pricing option available. We thank our donors for their generosity.

Materials Fee: $132

Financial Aid

Karmê Chöling offers interest-free payment plans, scholarships, and other financial assistance.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

Online registration is not currently open.


Teachers

About Acharya Arawana Hayashi

Acharya Arawana Hayashi is a dancer, choreographer and meditation teacher, and a student of both Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She founded the Jo Ha Kyu Performance Group in Boston, and pioneered the Embodied Presence program. Acharya Hayashi teaches meditation programs all over the world, and sits on the faculty at the Presencing Institute in Cambridge, the Authentic Leadership Program at Naropa University, the Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership in Halifax, and the Mukpo Institute at Karmê Chöling. She also serves on the Sakyong's Council and is Chair of the Shambhala Arts Council.

About Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Gaylon Ferguson has practiced Shambhala Buddhist meditation since 1973 under the guidance of Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. In 2000, the Sakyong invited him to serve as an acharya or senior teacher. He is Core Faculty at Naropa University. His latest book, Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening, was published in February 2016. An excerpt from his first book, Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With, was selected for inclusion in The Best Buddhist Writing 2010.

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