Meeting Shambhala—An Introduction to the Shambhala Lineage

with Walker Blaine

September 28th

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  • $50 Program Price
  • $75 Patron Price
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Room: Main Shrine Room

Join us for a one-day introduction to the outlook and practice of Shambhala Buddhism. We will begin with an introduction sitting meditation and look at its relationship with The Supplication to the Shambhala Lineage. We will learn about and do the practice of lhasang, the ceremony to join vision and practicality in body and mind through offering juniper smoke.

This program will give an overview of key components of the Shambhala path, both from the point of view of essential teachings such as basic goodness, warriorship, drala, and windhorse; and from the point of view of the progression of practices that help us realize the meaning of those teachings, including an overview of Shambhala’s vajrayana path. As a support for this, we will look at the image of the primordial Rigden and the Shambhala lineage tree, and their relationship to the two Sakyongs.

This day-long intensive will alternate sitting meditation with lhasangs and chants used in the Shambhala tradition.

A complimentary program for Vajrayana students will continue on Sunday:

Generosity policy applies: No one turned away for lack of funds.  Please register ahead and request this if needed.

Requirements: Anyone who has interest in the Shambhala path can join this program.

Walker Blaine has studied and practiced in the Shambhala tradition for 35 years. For the last ten years, his primary focus in the community has been background support of the Shambhala path through composition of practice instructions, program support, transcription coordination, Tibetan translation work, and caring for the texts and instructions of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Walker’s ebook, The Great River of Blessings an account of the Rinchen Terdzö received by the Sakyong in the winter of 2008-2009, can be downloaded here. His two CDs of Buddhist music can be sampled on iTunes. In 2016 he premiered a five-act Shambhala comedy, Norbu and the Mystery of the Missing Ratna. He lives with his wife Patricia and their son Griffin Arrow in Halifax.