Program Details

Chariot of Mahamudra with Acharya Richard John

with Richard John
April 25 / 7:00 PM - April 27 / 6:00 PM

Note: We are compiling a wait list for this class.  We may have spots open up or may move the program to a larger venue nearby; If you are interested, please sign up here.

This is an exciting and rare opportunity for practitioners at all levels to deepen their meditation practice. Mahamudra, the "great symbol," is among the most profound meditation traditions of vajrayana Buddhism, but it is also extremely simple and direct. The practice of Mahamudra is a powerful way to explore basic goodness and non-conceptual mind both on the meditation cushion and in everyday life. 

In this program we will use shamatha and vipashyana meditation to look at the mind and sensory perceptions, with emphasis on direct personal experience. This weekend retreat, suitable for both newer and advanced students, is modeled on the extensive mahamudra practice from the three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey.

There will be an overview talk on Friday evening, then practice all day Saturday and Sunday. We will maintain silence, but have an opportunity for discussion at the end of each day, and a celebration at the conclusion on Sunday.


The prerequisite for the program is Shambhala Training Level One, but anyone with a genuine meditation practice may attend if they have the recommendation of a Meditation Instructor.  If you have any questions, please contact the Center.


About Acharya Richard John...

An early student of  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and for many years has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs internationally. Acharya John is known for his experiential and practical approach, which encourages participants to connect with the teachings personally and apply them in daily life.



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