The Four Dignities - The Shambhala Sacred Path

with Cara Thornley

March 24 - 31

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.

Arrival & Departure

Please plan on arriving between 4pm and 6pm on March 24, 2018 to check in and register. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins at 7:30pm. March 31, 2018 is departure day; you are free to leave at any time.

Prerequisites:

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


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: $1015
Those who can are encouraged to register using this option.

DISCOUNT PRICE: $815
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.

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 Cara Thornley

Cara Thornley, a teacher in the Shambala tradition, has led the spring dathuns at Karmê Chöling for the past 4 years.  She also teaches classes in the Way of Shambhala curriculum at Karmê Chöling, other Shambhala Centers in the Northeast and in the Southeast where she was director of the Atlanta Shambhala Center during its expansion project. In 2005 she moved to Karme Choling Meditation Center where she served as Director of Programs and then Director of Practice and Education. She left Karme Choling to work at the three year retreat center at Gampo Abbey from 2008 through December 2010

She has been a resident of St. Johnsbury since 2010. She currently works as an editor, writer, photographer, and at the Community Restorative Justice Center. She is the Regional Correspondent for the Shambhala Times Community Newsletter.

She has been practicing meditation for a long time.

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