Programs


Water Babies Ceremony: For the Unborn and Untimely Dead

With Joanna Rotté

September 28, 2019
A water baby is a being that died before or not long after birth; a being not quite landed on the earth that was unable to develop fully in the human realm. A ceremony in recognition of water babies originated in Buddhist Japan after World War II when numerous women needed to terminate a pregnancy by means of abortion. The ceremony is a meaningful way for a parent to acknowledge the water baby and their interconnectedness. The ceremony includes meditation and compassion practices, making a jizo bodhisattva out of stones, profound appreciation of impermanence, expression through words, and resting in…

White Tara Lung

With Acharya Arawana Hayashi

September 30, 2019
The lineage practice of White Tara, long popular in Kagyu and Nyingma communities, is particularly relied upon in times of domestic and community turmoil and disharmony, and when personal or family health is threatened. White Tara is a peaceful manifestation of the compassionate Tara, who is said to have emanated from the tears of Avalokiteshvara witnessing the suffering of beings. She is known for having seven eyes that see the suffering of beings, and she sends her compassionate energy to heal and comfort those who are in need. She also guards the long life of beings.   Acharya Arawana Hayashi…

Local Class Series: The Wisdom of the Heart Sutra

With Daniel Berlin

October 3 - 31, 2019
The Heart Sutra is one of the most treasured sutras, or teachings, of the Buddha.  This five-week class will explore its wisdom, a concise explanation of “emptiness.” The Sutra encourages us to go beyond our usual conceptual framework to see ourselves and our world as they are. The class will include readings, the practice of the Heart Sutra, and discussion.

Four Dharmic Paths of Investigating Whiteness and Racism

With Gabe Dayley and Alexandria Barnes

October 11 - 13, 2019
This weekend will offer an introductory investigation of race, whiteness, and systemic racism for meditation practitioners who identify as white, providing a foundation from which white-identified meditators can begin the path of exploring their own social conditioning and cultivating tools to support them in confronting systemic racism and oppression in our society. The workshop incorporates the path of the Four Dignities, a central element of the Shambhala teachings and framework for the meditator's journey. Integrating Dharma teachings and embodied contemplative practices with material from the study of race, peacebuilding, and history, we will employ these teachings as a guide for…

Vajrayana Weekend

October 18 - 20, 2019
The New York City and Sky Lake communities have scheduled a Vajrayana Group Practice Weekend that is practitioner-directed, similar to bi-monthly group practice days.  This will be a time to go deeply into practice from Friday night through Sunday afternoon in the amazing Sky Lake container. The cost to participants is for lodging and a modest donation to Sky Lake.  Participants will be responsible for their own meals – and will be organized closer to the weekend.  Participants will not have access to the kitchen but may bring food to save in the fridge. Participants must have completed either Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World. 

Confusion Dawns as Wisdom: The Sadhana of Mahamudra

With Derek Kolleeny

November 1 - 3, 2019
The Sadhana of Mahamudra Which Quells the Mighty Warring of the Three Lords of Materialism And Brings Realization of the Ocean of Siddhas of the Practice Lineage. The Sadhana of Mahamudra is an extraordinary poetic practice text that beautifully and powerfully expresses the essence of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s dharma transmission to the West. During this weekend, we will start by reviewing the structure of this text as it follows the traditional pattern of Vajrayana practice, and then explore the major dharma teachings that it expresses. Then we will go through a line by line commentary as well as the details…

Cultivating the Compassion Instinct

With Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

November 8 - 10, 2019
The new science of compassion has found that human beings have a fundamental instinct for kindness, but have developed habits of harshness toward themselves and others. How can this compassion instinct be cultivated? The ancient traditions of Buddhism and Shambhala have found powerful ways of awakening this instinct through practices that build from self-­compassion to resilient compassion for others, including the difficult people in our lives. This retreat introduces several core lovingkindness practices of Naropa University’s Mindful Compassion Training, integrating the new science of compassion with ancient Buddhist and Shambhala meditation.

The Padmadakini Kurukulla: A Practice Weekend

With Acharya Eric Spiegel

November 29 - December 1, 2019
We will use this weekend to develop a close relationship with the energy and richness of the practice of Kurukulla, going methodically through the different aspects of the sadhana and culminating with a feast offering.  We will explore what it means to magnetize and a proper approach to engaging with this kind of aspiration and activity.    

Qigong Level 1&2

With Una Chung

December 6 - 8, 2019
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Qigong is a source of health and wellness for living life with vitality. Specifically, qigong strengthens joints, muscles, tendons, and bones, nourishes internal organs, stimulates circulation of energy in our body, and enhances mental clarity. Thus in addition as a support for living a full life, it is also seen as a foundation for practicing both meditation and martial arts. Qigong is for everyone, young and old; it is an excellent way to gently help recover from injury or stiffness, and to retain mobility and good health into old age. In this weekend, we will be introduced to several basic…

Vajra Sangha Assembly

With Acharya Eric Spiegel

December 13 - 15, 2019
In the tradition of Vajra Assemblies during the life of the Vidyadhara, this weekend retreat will include talks, discussion and practice.  The topic will be determined by the Acharya but will include room for all of our questions and explorations. Practitioners of all Shambhala / Vajradhatu vajrayana practice levels are welcome.  

Winter Weekthun: Dharma Art and Co-Creating Good Communities

With Acharya Arawana Hayashi and Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

December 27, 2019 - January 3, 2020
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Join us for our annual week-long meditation intensive, an opportunity to fully immerse oneself in mindfulness meditation. This week-long program is open to all, beginning and experienced meditators. This retreat will provide time for participants to explore Dharma, Art and Co-creating community. Trungpa Rinpoche gave teachings on Dharma Art as a vehicle to explore the playfulness and naturalness of the phenomenal world. How might these teachings introduce us to creating community? How does Dharma Art provide a ground for a good environment? In addition to daily meditation practice, participants listen to talks, have conversations about their practice, and can have…

Lojong Weekend

With Acharya John Rockwell

January 17 - 20, 2020
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On an auspicious long weekend that culminates with Martin Luther King Day, we will explore training our mind (lojong) in a spacious and radiant heart. We will first tune step-by-step into our innate open and empty heart. Then we will let our hearts engage in everyday relationships through the practice of sending and taking (tonglen). This openness and natural exchange is the basis for awakened action. The daily schedule will include sitting meditation, talks, study, small group exchanges, qigong, walks outside, and spontaneous arisings. All are welcome.

Qi Gong Level 3

With Sophie Léger

January 31 - February 2, 2020
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The Daoist Qigong practices brought to us by Dr. Eva Wong constitute a path of training that cultivates a healthy body, a clear mind and an open heart. Ultimately, it dissolves the split between mind and body to allow us to live a fully engaged and creative life. In Level 3, the internal energy aspects of the exercises and their healing properties become more salient and explicit. During this weekend program, the students will learn the Hua Tu’s Five Animal Form, which develop tendon and bone strength, help preserve generative energy, and increase agility and balance. This unique set of…

Vajrayana Don Season Retreat

With Acharya Christie Cashman

February 17 - 23, 2020
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The vajrayana teachings are renowned for providing the strongest medicine in times of the greatest confusion. But it’s also during these times that practices such as invoking the deity, resting in the nature of mind, or engaging in sacred perception can feel very remote. Throughout this week-long retreat, we will explore how wrathful, peaceful, and effortless vajrayana methods “touch the fruition,” and thus remind us of our inherent wisdom.  Practitioners of ngondro, Werma, mahamudra, Vajrayogini and Scorpion Seal are welcome. The program will include discussions with each group of practitioners, talks and personal interviews. The protector chant sessions will include…

Qi Gong Levels 4 & 5

With Sophie Léger

March 11 - 15, 2020
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Students will be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems: the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School. This is through the lineage handed down by Dr. Eva Wong. Xiantianwujimen was founded in the Song dynasty (circa 10th to 12th centuries) by Daoist sage Chen Xiyi, who is recognized as "the father of qigong." Eva Wong is the 19th-generation carrier (quanren) of this lineage. The Yiquan School was founded by Wang Xiangzhai in the early 20th century. Yiquan is best known for its standing qigong postures called Zhangzhuan. One of Master Wang's students was the…

Activating Your Energy Centers with Qigong

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 5 - 7, 2020
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Our bodies are filled with qi, the essence of life. Nourishing and circulating qi are the keys to health and longevity. Some of the most important aspects of Xiantianwujimen qigong are designed to activate energy centers that gather, store, and nourish this life force. The lower, middle, and upper Gates are control stations that move qi along the spinal column. The lower, middle, and upper Dantiens are containers that store, transmute, and purify the generative, vital, and spirit energies. Various cavities (called xue) are areas where energy is concentrated and focused. Some parts of the body, such as the kidneys…

Alchemist, Warrior, Meditator

With Dr. Eva Wong

June 7 - 11, 2020
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Alchemists seek the path of health and longevity. Martial artists walk the path of the warrior. Meditators live a life of stillness and clarity. All three paths embrace simplicity, virtue, and impeccability in thought and action. For centuries, internal alchemy, martial arts, and meditation have been practiced by Taoists to enhance health, build discipline, and cultivate mind. In many ways, the key to the simultaneous cultivation of body and mind lies in the crossing-training of internal alchemy, martial arts, and meditation. Join Eva Wong for a four-day retreat in integrating the alchemist, warrior, and meditator within you. Experience how martial…

Refining Your Consciousness with Huatu Five Animals Qigong

With Dr. Eva Wong

August 7 - 9, 2020
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Huatu’s Five Animals Qigong is not only a collection of qigong exercises. It is simultaneously a system of development of physical health, a map of consciousness refinement, a guide to enriching consciousness, and a model of what it means to live a lifestyle that balances health, personal development, community consciousness, and appreciation of the natural world. Join us for 2 days of in-depth exploration and practice of the Huatu Five Animals as we cultivate physical and energetic health, and adventure and play with our consciousness. Wander the magical surroundings of Sky Lake Meditation Center as a tiger that prowls the…

Breath Regulation Intensive

With Dr. Eva Wong

August 9 - 11, 2020
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The regulation and control the breath is the foundation for preserving, cultivating, transforming, circulating vital energy (qi). In this 2-day program students will how to pump the Bellows, and practice the Fish Breathing and Fetal Breathing techniques that are designed to enhance the circulation of qi. When qi is plentiful and its movement is unhindered, the body will be revitalized and the mind will be clear. The prerequisite for Breath Regulation Intensive is the Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive. This program is a prerequisite for Qigong Level 6.

Standing Qigong Intensive

With Dr. Eva Wong

August 11 - 13, 2020
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Standing qigong is one of the most powerful and challenging practices for preserving, collecting, transforming, circulating, and storing internal energy. In this 2-day program students will: - Learn the Twelve Wudang Standing Qigong Forms. - Receive intensive instruction on the eight postures of Yiquan Zhangzhuan. - Learn how to combine the standing qigong techniques of Xiantianwujimen into a unified method of circulation of internal energy. The prerequisite for Standing Qigong Intensive is the Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive. This program is a prerequisite for Qigong Level 6.