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 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.

Those who can are encouraged to register using this option.

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: $140

Financial Aid

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

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.

By pressing “Register,” you agree to allow Karmê Chöling to charge any balance owed for this program two weeks prior to the program start date against the card you use to make your deposit unless you make other arrangements with Karmê Chöling prior to that date.

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 received a PhD in physics from Cambridge University in 1965, and became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1970. After living and practicing for three years at Karme Choling (then known as Tail Of The Tiger), Jeremy helped to found the Naropa University in 1974, under the guidance of Chögyam Trungpa. He was vice-president of the University for the first 10 years, and a Trustee for the next 12. In 1977 he helped to create the Shambhala Training program and has been a central figure in the development of the Shambhala teachings.

Jeremy has been a senior teacher in Shambhala since the seventies and has taught Buddhist and Shambhala programs and retreats across North America and Europe for forty years. He was appointed acharya in 1996, and was acharya-in-residence at Dechen Chöling from 1999 to 2005, and at Dorje Denma Ling from 2005 to 2012.

In 1995, Jeremy published a book on the Shambhala teachings: Sacred World, the Shambhala Path to Gentleness, Bravery and Power. He has also published three books on science and spirituality, the most recent being Letters to Vanessa, on Love Science and Awareness in an Enchanted World. And, in 2008, his memoirs of life with Trungpa Rinpoche were published by Wisdom Publications entitled, 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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