Shambhala Training Retreat: The Four Dignities

with Shastri Benoît Côté

April 28 - May 5

Mukpo Institute This program may be taken on its own or as part of the Mukpo Institute, a three-month residential program.

The Four Dignities describe how warriors develop insight and strength that enables them to further shed their cocoons and engage fully in the world. Understanding how the dignities unfold can inspire one's journey and enable one to discern, with awareness and delight, one's progress on the path.

This program is offered as one continuous retreat, but each part can be taken separately.

Meek

Meek presents the grounded, humble, and gentle foundation of the warrior's journey. One trains to overcome arrogance and to develop friendliness toward oneself and others.

Perky

Perky focuses on cultivating sharp, vibrant, and uplifted energy through natural discipline. One's inherent inquisitiveness leads to further exploration that overcomes doubt and hesitation.

Outrageous and Inscrutable

These dignities describe how the warrior's skill develops as setting sun mentality completely falls away. Abandoning personal agendas, the outrageous warrior acts spontaneously and without strategy; as all sense of boundary and petty mind dissolves, the inscrutable warrior creates even greater benefit for others.

This program begins at 7:30pm on April 28, 2017. May 5, 2017 is a departure day; you are free to leave at any time. 

Special Funding Available

If you identify as a person of color or are an educator, M.Ed. student, health care professional, or full-time artist you may be eligible for special financial support to attend our retreats.

Prerequisites:

Everyday Life Series, Levels I-V, Rigden Weekend, Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala


Pricing

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

Patron Price: $960
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: $780
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.

Scholarship and Financial Aid resources are available to make dharma accessible to people in all circumstances. We offer different ways for overcoming financial obstacles here.


Teachers

About Shastri Benoît Côté

Shastri Benoît Côté has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1976. For many years, he was a member and part of the teaching and administrative staff of Centre Shambhala de Montréal. In 2002, he retired from his university professor position in Educational Psychology to be involved fully with Shambhala. He then started being part of the teaching staff of international seminaries and directing programs at the land centers. From 2005 to 2007, he was resident teacher at Karmê Chöling and member of the Mukpo Institute faculty. In 2009, he moved to Halifax, and in 2010, was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as one of the shastris for the Halifax Shambhala Center. In 2015, he moved back to Montréal where he now serves as shastri. He also works as editor for Shambhala Media.

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