Chariot of Mahamudra

with Acharya Richard John

May 17th—May 19th (2013)

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  • $225 Patron
  • $180 General
Room: Main Shrine Room

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This meditation intensive is an introduction to the practice of mahamudra, the great symbol. While mahamudra is among the most profound teachings and practices of Vajrayana Buddhism, it is also extremely simple and direct. This program is appropriate for all tantrikas and sadhakas and, being introductory, it is also open to other students who have a serious intention to deepen their meditation practice.

The format for this program is modeled on the mahamudra as practiced in the Three Year Retreat at Gampo Abbey, which emphasizes direct, nonconceptual meditation experience. An overview talk will be given on Friday evening, then both days of the program will be practiced in the form of a group retreat in silence, including lunch and tea. Each day will conclude with a discussion circle.

Saturday will be devoted to the practice of mahamudra shamatha, using the text by the 17thc master Pema Karpo. On Sunday we will introduce the practice of vipashyana investigation, based upon Pointing Out the Dharmakaya by the 9th Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje.

For tantrikas who wish practice this text in depth, the program will serve as an introduction. For newer students, the program could serve to deepen their shamatha and vipashyana practice, and offer a “preview” of this tradition, should they wish to attend Sacred World Assembly in the future.


Biography: An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard John was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Chile. After careers as a designer and a management consultant, he served as director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Open to all practitioners who have completed Shambhala Training Level Two, or have permission of the Office of Practice & Education (email and wish to deepen their practice.

For Vajrayana participants, there will be a closed discussion circle on Saturday at 5:30.

Student Discount!

Anyone who has taken a Way of Shambhala course or Shambhala Training weekend since January 2013 is eligible to take the weekend for just $140! To claim the discount, do not register online but simply call 212-675-6544 to register over the phone.

A traditional teaching gift will be collected for Acharya Richard John during the weekend.

Generosity Policy: Our generosity policy supports individuals who need to "pay-what-you-can" due to financial hardship. Please contemplate how much you can offer and give more, less, or the suggested amount based on your individual circumstances. The tuition amount reflects our costs to offer the program. Our generosity policy supports individuals who need to "pay-what-you-can" due to financial hardship. To take advantage of our pay-what-you-can policy, please contact us in advance at: (212) 675-6544. We do not accept pay-what-you-can at the door, so please pre-arrange. Thank you!