Program Details

Maitri: Five Wisdom Energies

with Richard John
March 21 / 7:30 PM - March 23 / 5:00 PM

The program is open to anyone who has received meditation instruction or has connection with the Shambhala Buddhist tradition (by attending any programs at a Shambhala Center, including public talks and our weekly events).

Maitri Five Wisdom Energies practice was first developed by Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. It is based on the principles of the five buddha families of Tibetan tantra. Each buddha family emphasizes a particular aspect of enlightened energy or enlightened wisdom.

Maitri, which means “kindness to oneself and others,” is a practice of self-acceptance, awareness, and openness to sense perceptions. It is available to practitioners at all levels, and has been used for many years at Naropa University in Colorado for in-depth training in Buddhist psychology and creative expression.

In this weekend program, we will use meditation, postures, colors, and open discussion to investigate these energies in a direct and personal way. Emphasize will be put on the five wisdom mandala as a practical but profound teaching of vajrayana Buddhism.

A social gathering for participants will follow the program on Saturday.

Readings that can be done before the program:

The sections on the five families in Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Journey Without Goal, and Heart of the Buddha by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche;

Five Wisdom Energies by Irini Rockwell; and from a more tantric perspective, Luminous Emptiness by Francesca Fremantle.


Acharya Richard John was an early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He teaches Maitri and other Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Chile. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Canada. Formerly director of the Halifax Shambhala Center, he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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