Illusion – Podcast Episode No. 45

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Agness Au poses the grand question: How do we see reality for what it is, instead of what we want it to be? If reality is the sun, how do we peer through the clouds of illusion?

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Agness Au is a Sangyum, a lifelong designation as a personal representative of the Vidyadhara, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and a student of the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  She is a senior Shambhala Buddhist teacher and Warrior Assembly director, former NYC Shambhala Training resident director, and current Chair of the Shambhala Commission on the Status of Women and Feminine Principle.  Agness created a curriculum on theInseparable Union of the Feminine and Masculine Principles and has presented these workshops internationally for over 10 years.  Agness is retired from a 25-year career in the fashion industry as a design director, cataloger and business owner.  She currently is a freelance art director, consulting for web and print design.  Agness is happily married and the mother of two young men. 

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Podcast production by and by David McKeel

Established in 1971, the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and further developed by his son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our center, located in Manhattan’s Chelsea district, offers daily public meditation, a core curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices. We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help New Yorkers of all traditions discover their inherent clarity, gentleness and humor.

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