Program Details

A Year of Deepening in Compassion Part I: The Four Limitless Ones


February 10 / 12:00 AM - April 21 / 12:00 AM



A Year of Deepening in Compassion


The path of the Bodhisattva Warrior begins with developing affection for ourselves and expands this to others, dissolving the barriers that divide us. To support this practice, the Shambhala Acharyas have offered to lead the community in a year long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings of our lineage.

Through Shambhala Online, these talks will begin on February 10th and conclude January 2020. Throughout the year, the main practice is tonglen, which will be taught by Ani Pema Chodron with both a guided meditation and an audio talk that will be posted on the home page for the course. Additionally, live online talks by acharyas will introduce and support other practices of the Mahayana. 


The year’s teachings are divided into four seasonal themes. Every three months a new course will begin but the program will be continuous. Within each season, acharyas will be offering talks that relate to that topic with their own personal approach. There will be one online discussion forum for each season.


The themes for the four seasons echo the virtues of the Four Dignities of the Shambhala Path.


February 10 - April 21: Tiger, friendly to self and merciful to others: The Four Immeasurables


May 5 - July 14: Lion, The Joyful Snow Lion and the Paramitas 


July 28 - October 6: Garuda, space beyond hope and fear: Heart Sutra and Sunyata


October 20 - January 19: Dragon, compassionate engagement: Lojong, mind training


 


Part 1 - The Four Limitless Ones, is the first course of the four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. This course includes Tonglen instruction and an audio talk by Acharya Pema Chodron and an introduction to The Four Limitless Ones.



  • Five live classes with an Acharya with an opportunity for Q&A.

  • The classes will be recorded, and each will be led by a different Acharya.

  • Access to the recordings of the live sessions are available in the course.

  • A live discussion led by the Acharyas. (Live discussions are not recorded.)

  • Readings and book suggestions to deepen our understanding of these teachings

  • Contemplations to help us integrate these fundamental teachings into our daily lives

  • A discussion forum.


Recordings of live sessions on the following topics are available within the course.




Shamatha and Maitri: Establishing the Foundations for our Mahayana Journey with Acharya Susan Chapman


Equanimity with Acharya Eve Rosenthal


Loving Kindness with Acharya Fleet Maull


Compassion with Acharya Dale Asrael


Sympathetic Joy and Course Conclusion with Acharya Dan Hessey




Registration Options



  • Individual rate: The regular course rate is 8.

  • Center and Group rates: 0 Centers, 0 Groups

  • Patrons: The Patron rate of 9 supports our efforts to connect teachers and learners through online programs. In particular, it helps us offer the generosity policy to those in need.


Package Discount (includes all four courses):



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