Programs


White Tara Series

With Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Open Dates
Acharya Judith Simmer Brown is offering free online White Tara practice through Shambhala Online each Sunday at 1pm Eastern. You can find out more information about those sessions and register on Shambhala Online.  These sessions are open to everyone. If you want to dive further into White Tara Practice, there is also a course, and you can find out about it here. White Tara is of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. Emanated from the tears of the compassionate Avalokiteshvara, peaceful White Tara is said to witness the suffering of beings through her seven eyes, and she…

Big Brush/Intimate Voice

With Barbara Bash

July 16 - 19, 2020
A three-day immersion into the world of brush, ink and personal expression. We will explore the ancient Chinese principles of heaven, earth and human, first with small brushes to ground us, then with large brushes and buckets of ink, creating spontaneous strokes while held in ritual. The world of pictograms, personal handwriting, small brush books, mapping a moment, being in improvised dialogue with our life will all be investigated. An interest in visual language and movement is the only prerequisite.     Have a look at this short video of the Big Brush practice  

Stories of Gesar and Teachings on The Four Karmas, a Weekthun

With Shastri Trinley Busby

August 15 - 22, 2020
Gesar of Ling is one of the four main ancestral sovereigns of Shambhala. In Tibet, Gesar is known as the heroic tamer of negative forces and represents the quintessence of the Tibetan warrior tradition—an enlightened being who took birth as a Buddhist warrior king to defeat the enemies of the dharma. During this week long retreat, we’ll explore how we can heroically tame our own inner negative forces by applying the traditional Buddhist teaching known as the four karmas—the four enlightened activities. Commonly known in the vajrayana or secret mantrayana, the four karmas are remarkable actions that the Buddha and…

Awakening Engaged Compassion in Body, Speech, and Mind

With Acharya Melissa Moore

October 16 - 20, 2020
Engaged compassion is the practice of transforming our desire to help others into practical actions that support a more awake world. This four-day program offers experiential, concrete, learnable practices, and skills that support our relationships, livelihood and aspirations to be of benefit to others and our communities.  This program helps us discern concrete ways to stay centered in a world that continually objectifies and commodifies experience. Through meditation and contemplative psychology exploration, we will discern our personal values and how these values can be embodied rituals in our body, speech, and mind.    Due to the uncertainty of the current…

Moonbeams of Mahamudra: Eliminating Deviations and Straying

With Elizabeth Callahan

November 6 - 8, 2020
We are delighted to announce that the esteemed translator Elizabeth Callahan will be returning to teach a series of mahamudra intensives at Sky Lake in 2020. This program is restricted to tantrikas who have previously attended Elizabeth’s mahamudra program, or who have had other extended study of mahamudra (by the permission of the instructor). The program is a series of three weekends, each providing a robust opportunity for group study, discussion and practice of mahamudra. Elizabeth will provide commentary on the text, Moonbeams of Mahamudra by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, which she translated and which is available through Amazon or Shambhala…

Activating Your Energy Centers With Qi Gong

With Dr. Eva Wong

November 13 - 15, 2020
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

November 15 - 19, 2020
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…