Vajra Assembly

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

October 19th—October 21st (2018)

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  • $175 Patron
  • $160 General
  • $125 Members

Open to graduates of Sacred World Assembly or Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary

Please join us for a weekend of teachings, practice, conversation and celebration. The entire vajra sangha is invited to come and practice and study together. We have the Center to ourselves except for Sunday morning public events and can accommodate all of the Kagyu and Shambhala practices.

The weekend will include three talks, morning and afternoon practice sessions and discussion. Acharya Spiegel will practice with different groups and work with people as needed. We will conclude with a Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast on Sunday late afternoon.

These next two months are a time for ripening and harvesting all of the profound blessings that have been accrued in our beautiful center, increasing their power and then offering them to benefit all beings. Please join us for this important final Vajra Celebration of the teachings we've been so fortunate to receive.

The teachings will be on the three Kayas and the samayas of Body, Speech and Mind, using the teachings of the Vidyadhara and the Sakyong. A good study reference is the “Samaya” Vajra Assembly from the Collected Vajra Assemblies volume 1.

For this special program our teachers’ photos will be up. It feels important to include them and acknowledge all the teachings, transmissions and blessings we have all received and to be able to have whatever inner conversations we need to have.

We have many teachers in our lives; dharma teachers, mentors, music teachers, grandparents and so on. Everyone is invited to bring a photo of one of the people who have transmitted wisdom and blessings to you in this life and we will include them all on our shrine acknowledging all the many steams of wisdom and kindness, and to increase the rain of blessings.

When registering, please let us know what your primary practice will be. 

Acharya Eric Spiegel grew up on Manhattan's Lower East Side in a lefty family that he describes as "fundamentalist atheists." In 1971 he met and became a student of  Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He has worked in the financial sector for decades and in 2002 he left Wall Street to devote more time to teaching. The following year, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed him an Acharya, which means "senior teacher." He is the Acharya for the New York Shambhala Community and teaches and has students in NYC, around the US, and internationally. He has worked extensively with people facing death and with issues related to death and dying. He also works and teaches within the Shambhala tradition on developing a more awakened attitude toward wealth and money.


Generosity Policy: Our Generosity Policy helps make programming available to all those who wish to participate. Tuition fees reflect our costs to hold a program, but if the price is an obstacle, the Generosity Policy allows you to offer as much of the fee as you can based on your individual circumstances.

To utilize the Generosity Policy, please call the Registrar at 212-675-6544. We cannot accept Generosity Policy registrations at the door, so please make arrangements in advance.

Patron Price: If you are able, please consider registering with the Patron price. By offering a little more, you help make programs accessible to others. Thank you!

Single Day Attendance:  You are invited to attend all or part of the assembly.  Please call the center to sign up for individual days.  Fees for attending a part of the assembly will be:

Friday Evening:  $25.00

Saturday OR Sunday:  $50.00

Sunday Feast:  $25.00


Refund Policy

If you can't make the program, we will gladly transfer your payment to another program for up to one year out. If you would like to receive a refund, please advise us no later than 24 hours before the program starts and we will gladly provide a refund, less a $10 processing fee. We are unable to refund credits that have been carried forward for more than one year.