Enlightened Society Assembly

with Acharya Christie Cashman and Acharya Dan Hessey

August 16 - 31, 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. To apply, visit Shambhala International

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

The Material Fee is $102

 Enlightened Society Assembly will begin August 16th at 7:30pm and the departure day is August 31.

If you have received an acceptance letter from Maggie Colby, please use this code to register -  ESA82013If you have not received an acceptance letter, please contact shambhala.programs@gmail.com.

Staffing Enlightened Society - please go to this link



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 centre/group

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.

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 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: $102

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 Christie Cashman

During the 17 years Acharya Cashman resided in Boulder, Colorado, she worked full-time in Trungpa Rinpoche's administration and taught a full range of courses from meditation intensives at Naropa University to Vajrayana sadhana classes. In 1987, when Acharya Cashman moved to Nova Scotia, she spent part of each year in solitary retreat to delve further into the study and practice of the Shambhala terma tradition and vajrayana sadhana practice. She worked in the areas of environmental protection and dispute resolution before serving as Shambhala Training International's Executive Director. She holds the acharya post on the Shambhala Care and Conduct Panel, which works to bring the principles of restorative justice to the Shambhala community and engages in Shambhala and Buddhist curriculum development and the training of teachers.

About Acharya Dan Hessey

Daniel Hessey has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism for nearly forty years. He served as Executive Director of Shambhala Mountain Center, and now on its board of Directors. He has taught Shambhala Buddhism throughout the United States, as well as Mexico, Australia, and Chile. Before becoming an acharya, he served for two years as shastri.

Dan is on the founding board of The Beanstalk Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting grassroots social entrepreneurs based in Denver, Colorado. Over the last ten years he has translated the Yijing (I Ching) from the Chinese into English under the direction of Eva Wong. In his spare time he plays jazz standards haltingly on his guitar. He is currently employed as a residential mortgage banker in Boulder Colorado, and the proud father of his daughter Emma, now attending high school.

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