Acharya Richard John Public Talk: “Shambhala Buddhism: What is it?”

 Wednesday, October 28, 7:30-9:30 pm

RJohnThis public talk will provide a simple and experiential introduction to Shambhala Buddhism. When the great meditation master Chogyam Trungpa came to North America in 1970, he was a lineage holder of the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism. But the hallmark of his teaching, and that of his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, has been the unprecedented application of these profound teachings to the unique–and urgent—circumstances of our time and place. This is Shambhala Buddhism, which draws upon the deepest traditions of wakefulness to envision and create a human culture of sanity.

Acharya Richard John, one of Chogyam Trungpa’s early students, will present an overview of Shambhala Buddhism that will be informative for newcomers, inspiring to seasoned practitioners, and helpful to all.    $10 suggested donation


Acharya John to present: Maitri: The 5 Wisdom Energies

In addition to his public talk on Wednesday, Oct. 28, Acharya John will offer Buddhist Refuge and Bodhisattva vows, and conduct a special weekend program, Oct. 30-Nov.1, on Maitri: Five Wisdom Energies — an interactive meditation practice created by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The program will use meditation, postures, colors, and open conversation to investigate these energies. The program is open to anyone who has received meditation instruction at the Shambhala Center. Click here for more information and to register.

“…profoundly inspiring and helpful in all areas of my work and I look forward to taking it again.” – Miriam Hall, Madison

“…helped me better appreciate how our experience is colored by the way we hold ourselves and the structure of our environment.” – Chris May, Madison

“…lots of fun. I would do this program again in a heartbeat! – Elaine Martin, Chicago

Joy In Everyday Life

jiel-2015-web.fwSept. 23-Oct. 21   Five Wednesday evenings 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

No pre-requisites

In this class we begin to cultivate the noble heart of the Mahayana teachings–opening to the virtue and celebration of compassion. We learn practical methods to develop kindness toward ourselves and others. And emphasizing the joy that comes from discipline, we walk the path of the Lion; representing the qualities of cheerfulness, health and freedom from doubt.

Full tuition, $110; patron price, $130  To learn more and register:

CBS Special Features Shambhala

A nationwide network special aired by CBS  television on June 28 highlighted the Shambhala organization as a leading force in the current surge in popularity of mindfulness and mediation across the nation. The special described the pioneering work of Chogyam Trungpa in establishing Buddhadharma in the West, interviewed the current Sayong Mipham Rinpoche, and highlighted the social outreach work being undertaken by the Chicago Shambhala Center. Click here to watch this special program.