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Shambhala Sadhana Retreat March 17-18

Jan 26, 2012

On March 17-18 the Shambhala Sadhana, a new practice written by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, will be formally introduced to the Shambhala community during a two-day retreat, which will include an address by the Sakyong on Saturday afternoon.

The Sakyong composed this practice to deepen our personal and social connection with basic goodness. The Shambhala Sadhana is simple and quite powerful in its direct approach to basic goodness. This sadhana was practiced at Enlightened Society Assembly (Sutrayana Seminary) at Dechen Choling and Shambhala Mountain Center last summer, and at all year three Scorpion Seal Assemblies. From now on, this sadhana will be introduced to students at Enlightened Society Assembly.

The Shambhala Sadhana Retreat is open to everyone who has taken the Enlightened Society Vow. However, only those who have already attended Enlightened Society Assembly (or Sutrayana Seminary) will be authorized to take the practice home and do it as an individual practice. For others who attend the weekend, the sadhana is being introduced for use at centres as a group community practice. Details about group practice at centres will be forthcoming.

We have asked the acharyas and shastris to lead this weekend, as at the fall Lineage Festival. Groups and centres who will not have an acharya or shastri in attendance may decide to hold the Shambhala Sadhana Retreat at a later date, when an acharya or shastri can be present. In that case, the address by the Sakyong on March 17 will be available as a video for their program.

Please contact your local centre to find out when the Shambhala Sadhana Retreat will be scheduled locally.

(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)