Programs


Vajrayogini Feast

March 30, 2019
On Saturday March 30th, the Vajrayogini Feast will run from 12-6:30. Vajrayogini Feast is available to those who have received the Vajrayogini abhisheka. Pricing: The cost for the feast is $15. Food costs will be allocated at the feast. Rooms are available if you'd like to stay the night. If you'd like to book, please contact: [email protected] A shared room is $42 per night.

Parinirvana

April 4, 2019
Join us in celebration of the life of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. As a special celebration of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s life, everyone is invited to participate in the Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast practice.  This is the only time that those who are not Vajrayana practitioners are permitted to participate in this Feast practice. The Feast Offering, or ganachakra, uses the simple act of eating and drinking within the sadhana mandala to facilitate the transmutation of passion, aggression, and ignorance energies into the bliss and emptiness experience of tantric practice.   In keeping with tradition, you may bring a favorite photo of…

Profound Treasury Volume 1: The Path of Individual Liberation

With Daniel Berlin and Alexandria Barnes

April 29 - May 20, 2019
The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma is a 3-volume compendium of Tibetan Buddhism, distilled from talks given by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche during the 13 Vajradhatu Seminaries conducted between 1973 and 1986.  This work, conducted under the editorial direction of Judith Lief, contains teachings on the major themes of the three turnings of the Wheel of Dharma — Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. In this series, we will be discussing the first of the three, The Path of Individual Liberation. The group meets on Mondays from April 29-May 20 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Sitting will be offered at 6:30 and optional for participants.  The…

Vajrayana Weekend

May 3 - 5, 2019
NYC Vajrayana Gathering The New York community is gathering for a weekend of Vajrayana Group Practice at the beautiful Sky Lake Lodge Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5.  The weekend is practitioner-directed, similar to the bi-monthly group practice days that happened in New York. This will be a time to go deeply into practice from Friday night through Sunday afternoon in the amazing drala-drenched land of Sky Lake. Participants will not have access to the kitchen but can use the refrigerator & microwave. There are also an array of local restaurants to choose from. Lodging fees apply. The program…

The Development of Peace: Basic Teachings of the Buddha

With Acharya Arawana Hayashi

May 10 - 12, 2019
The Buddha first taught the path of individual liberation. In the Four Noble Truths he taught the truth of suffering, its origin, cessation and the path to contentment and freedom. He taught meditation practice of mindfulness and awareness. This weekend program invites us into the basics of being a dharmic person — an exploration of egolessness, impermanence, gentleness and peace.

Sky Lake Teen Weekend

With Alison Pepper and Andi Nyiradi

May 17 - 19, 2019
This weekend we will be exploring all the elements: earth, air, fire, and water through our meditation practice and in the rich natural landscape of Sky Lake. All teens will be given meditation instruction, beginners welcome. Throughout the weekend we will practice meditation, spend time outdoors, engage in arts and play group games together. Teens will also have open time to socialize with peers. Please join us for this unique opportunity to slow down and deepen with ourselves, each other, and nature.   Pricing: Program tuition which includes meals is $225 plus lodging. Click on the register button to proceed.…

Creating Benchmarks for Your Qigong Practice

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 14 - 16, 2019
Benchmarks are invaluable tools for tracking progress in your qigong practice. They can also help us measure how qigong has repaired injuries, improved strength and flexibility, and enhanced relaxation in your body. Requirement: Qigong 1 - 5

Qigong Tendon-Changing/Marrow-Washing Intensive

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 16 - 18, 2019
The Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive is an intermediate qigong program that focuses on further strengthening of the muscular skeletal system - tendons, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and spine. In this program students will learn: 1. The Eight Basic Wudang Warrior Qigong Forms. These qigong postures were used traditionally by the warrior Daoist monks of Wudang Shan monastery to build muscular-skeletal strength and endurance for the practice of the martial arts. 2. To apply the 12 devas and Animal Forms specifically to regain tendon strength and elasticity, revitalize bone marrow, and build endurance by enhancing bone and tendon strength. 3. To apply selective forms from the Immortals’ Guide…

Qigong Animal Forms Intensive

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 18 - 20, 2019
Many Daoist qigong forms are derived from observing the behavior of animals and understanding how animals preserve, collect, transform, circulate, and store internal energy. The ancient Chinese shamans were the first to practice the art of “becoming” an animal to embody the power of that animal. The techniques of embodying animal energy were developed further by Daoist practitioners as ways of enhancing health and longevity. In this program students will learn to embody the form and essences of the animals through Hua Tu’s Animal Forms, the Wudang Five Animal Forms, and selected forms from the 12 devas. A new Wudang Shan form, the Combined Five Animals, will…

Initial Teacher Training

With Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

June 26 - July 1, 2019
Train to give initial meditation instruction, as well as be a resource, friend, and host to newcomers within the context of Shambhala Center educational programs and events.

Big Brush Mind

With Barbara Bash

July 12 - 14, 2019
A three-day immersion into the world of brush, ink and expressive handwriting. We will explore the ancient Chinese principles of heaven, earth and human - first in the making of a brushstroke with small brushes to ground and connect, then with large brushes and buckets of ink, creating spontaneous marks while held in ritual. The world of pictograms, big strokes, mapping a moment, letting our unique handwriting sing, being in improvised dialogue with our life, will all be investigated. An interest in visual language and movement is the only prerequisite. For more information check out this video of the Big Brush practice. Please note:…

BIPOC Retreat: Encountering Basic Goodness

With Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls

July 19 - 21, 2019
  Join us in cultivating human dignity, the necessary ground for healing personal, interpersonal, and social oppression. As Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, we face socially constructed, racial hierarchy and racialized violence that disconnects us from ourselves and others. Through practices of feeling, being and touching basic goodness, we can re-discover our dignity and humanity. The weekend retreat will include meditation, contemplation, discussion, and movement. Open to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with all levels of meditation experience, from any tradition.

Awakening through Mindfulness-Awareness: A Buddhist Meditation Retreat on the Four Noble Truths

With Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

July 24 - 31, 2019
A summer week of practice at beautiful Sky Lake. Weekthun is an intensive, week-long meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. The program will be full of practices carefully designed to cultivate mindfulness-awareness including: One-on-one meditation instruction Guided meditations Movement exercises Dharma talks from the teacher Walks through the beautiful Sky Lake woods Through the week of practice, meditation goes beyond the cushion, with every aspect of daily life becoming a practice of wakefulness and an opportunity to make better friends with ourselves and our world. Participants are invited to stay for the whole retreat…

Wisdom of the Forest

With Dr. Eva Wong

August 2 - 4, 2019
Seeds fall on the ground. Saplings grow into trees. Trees leaf, flowers bloom, and the forest grows. Through endless cycles of time, old growth is replaced by new, and the journey begins once again. The path through the forest is a pathway of wisdom. As we walk in the forest, we witness birth, growth, death and renewal. In the magic of the forest, we see the seasons change; we mingle with the interplay of shadows and light; we bathe in the gentle sunlight dancing through the branches; and we dream in the primal darkness and wildness of the woods. Enter…

The Mysterious Female

With Dr. Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

August 4 - 8, 2019
"The Valley Spirit that never dies is called the Mysterious Female. The gates of the Mysterious Female are the roots of sky and earth." - Laos's Daodejing What is the Mysterious Female? It is the Tao, the Dark Womb, and the source of all that is born and unborn. This source is the primordial qi, the vapor of life. In birth, we emerge from the Mysterious Female, in life we are nourished by her, and in death we return to her embrace. Central to the practice of Qigong, the Taoist art of health and longevity, is the cultivation of this…

Fall Kado Retreat: The Way of Flowers

With Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

September 19 - 23, 2019
“Kado” means “The Way of Flowers” and began in China over 2300 years ago. In Japan it is known as "Ikebana" and is considered a refined art form that studies nature as it is. Join us as we learn to arrange flowers to cultivate appreciation for each moment.