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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and Doubt: Working with Disappointment on the Vajrayana Path (Eagle Rock)

with Dan Hessey
February 23 / 8:30 AM - February 24 / 6:00 PM

Program restricted to Shambhala Vajrayana practitioners, i.e., those who have have attended Sacred World Assembly, Vajrayana Seminary, or Vajradhatu Seminary.    


In light of the events that have shaken our community, we might ask “where do we go from here?”  Especially as Vajrayana practitioners we may find ourselves questioning our relationship to the teacher and to the practices we have been given.  In this time of disappointment and doubt, how can we raise our gaze and find a genuine path forward and reconnect to practice, together as a community?  Can we raise our lungta and simultaneously have a broken heart?


This weekend will be an opportunity for the vajra sangha to gather in a cradle of loving kindness, to open our hearts, and to explore our path forward -- together. Instead of dividing into different practice groups we will all be practicing Ashe Mahamudra and Shambhala Meditation together, along with being in community, contemplation, and conversation with each other.  Acharya Hessey will be giving the lung for Ashe Mahamudra on Saturday morning at 8:30 am for those who haven’t received it.  Program and patron pricing includes lunch on Saturday.  


Teacher's Bio:

Acharya Dan Hessey discovered the dharma in 1973 through Trungpa Rinpoche’s book Meditation in Action and moved to Tail of the Tiger (now Karmê Chöling) the following year. He has lived in Shambhala communities — Karmê Chöling, Shambhala Mountain Center, and Marpa House -­- for the majority of his adult life. He served as co-director of what is now Shambhala Mountain Center from 1985 to 1992, and served on its Board of Directors for five years. He has taught the Shambhala dharma extensively in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Before becoming an acharya, he served for two years as shastri for Shambhala Mountain Center and Fort Collins.


Dan is on the founding board of The Beanstalk Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting grassroots social entrepreneurs based in Denver, Colorado. Over the last fifteen years he has translated the Yijing (I Ching) from the Chinese into English under the direction of Eva Wong. He has retired from his career as a mortgage banker in Boulder Colorado, and now serves as the resident Acharya at Shambhala Mountain Center. He is the proud father of his daughter Amanda, who is now in college.

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