ONLINE: Karma and the 12 Nidanas

with Acharya Dan Hessey and Kate Vlasic

April 12 - May 10

5 Monday evenings, 7pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time, via zoom, all sessions will be recorded and available to registered participants.


How do we keep getting into these situations? Why do things always/never happen to me? What does it matter what I do—I’m going to die anyway…Why do some beings end up in some bodies and some in others? How can I understand a multi-lifetime perspective if, according to the Buddha, there is no “I”? How does causality and karma work, anyway?  It seems like some people get away with all sorts of things and others are punished for no good reason!

When the Buddha left his palace, he saw an old person, a sick person, a corpse, and an ascetic, and decided to leave the palace to investigate the causes of suffering and questions like those above. His teaching on Pratityasamutpada (dependent origination) and karma were summed up in the Twelve Nidanas. This schema traces the process of a past lives, present existence and action, and future outcomes in twelve steps.  It is subtle and profound, and tremendously compelling when we have time to look at it closely.

In this course, Kate Vlasic and Acharya Daniel Hessey will present the Twelve Nidanas and discuss the concepts that underly it. Our hope is that by taking the time to look at the deep roots of what drives samsara—the never ending cycle of suffering that extends through lifetimes—we can awaken faith and confidence to renounce its causes and practice the dharma. Join us!

Karma and the 12 Nidanas


To participate in the opening live session on Monday, April 12th, 2021, at 7pm, you must register no later than April 10th to receive the live zoom link. Participants who register later than April 10th, will have access to all recordings. 

This program can be taken as a stand-alone class OR as part of the three month study series, Unmasking the Three Lords of Materialism. If you have registered for the full three month series, you are already registered for this class and do not need to re-register.


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.

This is the actual price of the program.

We offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price of the program. This price is made possible through the generosity of Karmê Chöling and our donors

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Price includes meals but not accommodations.

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About Acharya Dan Hessey

Daniel Hessey has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism for nearly forty-five years. He served as Executive Director of Shambhala Mountain Center from 1985-92. He has taught Shambhala Buddhism throughout the United States, as well as Mexico, Australia, and Chile. He recently served four years as resident acharya at SMC.

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 twenty years he has translated and written a commentary on the Yijing (I Ching) from the Chinese into English. It was published as Enlightened Society, a Shambhala Buddhist reading of the Yijing this year.

About Kate Vlasic

Kate Vlasic has been a practicing student of the Shambhala lineage since 2011. Her passion for embodiment has led her through many "lifetimes"; from rock climbing guide to massage therapist to yoga teacher and of course, to the dharma. She has supported the Shambhala community in a number of roles over the last 10 years. Kate enjoys life through being in nature, homesteading, being, and dharma practice and study.  She is excited by the natural wisdom, compassion and joy that is within us all. She lives in Plainfield, VT with her wife Alex.

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