Programs

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Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

Acharya Arawana Hayashi

March 31 - April 2, 2017

The Way of Shambhala I culminates in the Rigden Weekend. The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional bravery. Historically, rigdens were enlightened rulers – those who could rule their world based on their unwavering experience of basic goodness. With the great problems now facing human society, … Continue 

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Parinirvana Day

April 4, 2017

Thirty years ago, April 4, 1987, the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the beloved founder of Shambhala, left his human form. Each year on the anniversary of his parinirvana (death of an enlightened being) we gather to honor his precious life, vast teachings, outrageous wisdom and infinite compassion. The whole community is invited to practice the … Continue 

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Shambhala Training Weekend II: Awaken Your Inner Warrior

April 14 - 16, 2017

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” – Pema Chödron This is the second retreat weekend in the renowned Way of Shambhala series. The program provides instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means to explore how we can free ourselves from the patterns that repress the brilliant, compassionate, mindful … Continue 

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Circle Practice: Strengthening the Heart

Barbara Bash

April 18 - May 16, 2017

In these challenging times Sky Lake Meditation Center will be offering a monthly Circle Practice.7:15 – 9:00 pm Tuesdays – April 18th May 16th  This ancient form of gathering supports speaking and listening with intention, awareness and shared humanity.  All are welcome. Hosted by Barbara Bash Free of charge.

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Illuminating Basic Goodness Retreat: Exploring Personal, Social, and Environmental Transformation

Shastri Holly Gayley

May 26 - 30, 2017

“In these challenging times, the flame of basic goodness has nearly been extinguished by the storm of concepts, and the spirit of humanity has been so dampened that we experience our goodness as a faint echo. As brave people, we must find the courage to gently blow on this ember of goodness.” – Sakyong Mipham … Continue 

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Mindful Kayaking Retreat

Roger Guest

May 26 - 28, 2017

Human beings share a cellular kinship with water. Watery noise is particularly soothing, perhaps because it calls forth unconscious memories of aqueous origins. When we listen to a waterfall or to waves stirring a gravel beach, an intangible intimacy with nature is aroused and such sounds can be a beautiful portal into a more awakened … Continue 

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Spring Kado Retreat: The Way of Flowers

Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

June 2 - 6, 2017

An intensive 4 day program including flower arranging demonstrations, sitting, Dharma talks, Kado practice, outside walks, cutting our own materials, evening events, and the pleasure of working together as “practicing flowers is understanding how society works.” “Kado” in Chinese means “The Way of Flowers” and began in China over 2300 years ago.  When it was … Continue 

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Spirit of Taoism: Five-Element Diet, Tea & Appreciating the Seasons

Dr. Eva Wong

June 10, 2017

Open to all! Equanimity, good health, peace of mind, and harmony, are the goals of Taoism. More people are turning to the Taoist arts of healthy and harmonious living for inspiration and guidance in everyday life. Join Eva Wong in exploring the spirit of Taoism in qigong, Taoist practices of mind expansion, tea appreciation, and … Continue 

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Being Taoist and a Leader + Spirit of Taoism

Dr. Eva Wong

June 10 - 11, 2017

Being Taoist and a Leader Open to All! What does it mean to be a Taoist and a leader? In the Taoist wisdom tradition, to be a leader is to embody the view of vastness. Leadership is not about controlling things to go our way or dragging everybody else behind us. Rather, it is inspiring … Continue 

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Being Taoist and a Leader

Dr. Eva Wong

June 11, 2017

Open to All! What does it mean to be a Taoist and a leader? In the Taoist wisdom tradition, to be a leader is to embody the view of vastness. Leadership is not about controlling things to go our way or dragging everybody else behind us. Rather, it is inspiring and leading by example. Most … Continue 

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Qigong Tendon-Changing/Marrow-Washing Intensive

Dr. Eva Wong

June 11 - 13, 2017

Traditional Chinese Qigong Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive 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 … Continue 

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Qigong Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing + Animal Forms Intensives

Dr. Eva Wong

June 11 - 15, 2017

Traditional Chinese Qigong Tendon-Changing and Marrow-Washing Intensive 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 … Continue 

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Qigong Animal Forms Intensive

Dr. Eva Wong

June 14 - 15, 2017

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 … Continue 

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Sacred Path: Outrageous and Inscrutable

Shastri Trinley Busby and Shastri Nicholas Kranz

June 30 - July 2, 2017

These dignities describe how the warrior’s skill develops as setting sun mentality completely falls away. Abandoning personal agendas, the outrageous warrior acts spontaneously and without strategy; as all sense of boundary and petty mind dissolves, the inscrutable warrior creates even greater benefit for others. The program begins at 7:30pm on Friday, June 30th and ends on … Continue 

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Sacred Path: Golden Key

Shastri Trinley Busby and Shastri Nicholas Kranz

July 2 - 5, 2017

Drawing on wisdom from The Letter of the Golden Key, a Shambhala root text that addresses our relationship to the phenomenal world and our sense perceptions, we will learn the practice of Enriching Presence, the ability to instantly sense the inner wealth within ourselves, phenomena and the natural world.  This program begins Sunday, July 2nd at 7:30pm … Continue 

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Monarch Retreat

Shastri Myra Woodruff

July 28 - August 6, 2017

The Monarch Retreat is a sealed retreat. Attendance is by invitation from the Kalapa Court to senior leaders of Shambhala. For information about attending, please contact David Brown, Executive Secretary to the Sakyong, [email protected] The prerequisite for this retreat is that you are a senior leader, who is invited to attend, and that you hold … Continue