Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala - The Shambhala Sacred Path

with Shastri Benoît Côté

September 7 - 14

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

Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse, Drala

The Sacred Path program continues to deal with bringing the principles of warriorship and the practice of mindfulness-awareness into daily life. In particular, it is designed to nurture the student's natural ability to experience the world as sacred and his or her aspiration to create an enlightened society.

The beauty of this retreat is the depth to which the power of windhorse and the magical quality of drala can be explored and experienced. The topics are completely interrelated and meant to be understood as a whole. Therefore we encourage full participation.

Great Eastern Sun

The vision of the Great Eastern Sun is the entrance into sacred world and the practice of creating an uplifted and sane society. This program teaches how to see the Great Eastern Sun, the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists.

Windhorse

Participants study the Vidyadhara's terma text, The Letter of the Black Ashe, which gives the instruction for "raising windhorse." The practice of windhorse opens the heart and refreshes one's confidence. It is a way to bring about skillful and heartfelt social engagement, enabling the warrior to go forward in the midst of whatever challenges occur.

Drala

Through exploring the depth of perception, one engages the elemental and magical strength inherent in the world. The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists when we step beyond aggression.

These programs may be taken individually or as one continuous retreat.

Arrival & Departure

Please plan on arriving 3-6pm on September 7, 2018 to check-in and register. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins at 7:30pm. September 14, 2018 is departure day; you are free to leave any time.

Prerequisites:

Completion of Levels I-V and the Everyday Life Series are required. Completion of Rigden Weekend and the Basic Goodness Series are strongly encouraged.


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.


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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