Program Details

Enlightened Society Assembly


with Beate Kirchhof-Schlage
June 9 / 4:00 PM - June 20 / 9:00 AM

Enlightened Society Assembly is a Shambhala mahayana programme that emphasizes the intrinsic goodness of all beings and society, practices that rouse bodhicitta and compassionate openness, and confident activity that engages fully in the world. In particular, living up to its name, this Assembly will focus on how we can create enlightened society on the spot, at home, in our city and country, and wherever we go. Students will deepen their commitment and intention to manifest basic goodness by taking the Enlightened Society Vow


Participants of Enlightened Society Assembly also receive and practice the Shambhala Sadhana written by the Sakyong. This powerful practice helps us contemplate these commitments and deepen them over time. The Enlightened Society Assembly brings this sadhana practice together with our previous Shambhala practices. This Assembly will integrate study, practice, and community, and will expand our inquisitiveness and understanding of the Shambhala Buddhist teachings.


Prerequisites: Students applying to Enlightened Society Assembly should have completed the following before the programme:


Shambhala Levels I through V
Everyday Life Series: Meditation, Contentment, Joy, Fearlessness and Wisdom
Rigden Weekend
One Weekthun
One recommendation from your Meditation Instructor, a Shastri, or your Centre Director


Membership in your local Shambhala meditation centre/group or membership in Shambhala for those not affiliated with a local centre.


The Basic Goodness Series is highly recommended - as this material is directly relevant to Enlightened Society Assembly - but it is not required.


Applying & Registering for ESA


Attending Enlightened Society Assembly is a two-part process that includes applying to the programme with the Shambhala International Office of Practice and Education and registering with Dechen Chöling center


1. Application - deadline April 28


Your online application should be submitted by May 3, 2019 to the Office of Practice and Education. The applications are fully reviewed in order to ensure that each participant is adequately prepared.
Click here to apply



2 - Registration - deadline May 5


Registering with Dechen Chöling Center allows you to pay for the programme and requested housing. Registering for a programme includes your housing preference, but does not guarantee it. Importantly, registration with Dechen Chöling alone does not guarantee your attendance at Enlightened Society Assembly.
Please await your full acceptance from the Office of Practice and Education before making any travel purchases.


Practical information


Arrival day (June 9): Orientation talk at 8 pm. You're invited to come from 3 pm in order to register and settle in your room. Dinner is served at 6.45 pm.


End of programme (June 19): Closing circle and Banquet in the evening.


Departure day (June 20): You may leave anytime (no programme). You're welcome to stay for lunch.


This programme is taught in English. Free translation into French or other languages needs to be confirmed. Important: We need 2 months notice of translation requests. If you are registering late, please contact us directly about translation.


Material fee: approximately 80 euros.


Programme Support Fee: approximately 30 euros

Go to Dechen Chöling's website