Program Details

Bodhisattva: Living for the Benefit of Others - 21st Century Edition

with Bill Brauer & Ella Reznikova
February 22 / 6:30 PM - February 24 / 4:00 PM


The ancient Buddhist teachings on the Mahayana present the view and practices for how ordinary people like ourselves can lead satisfying secular lives while promoting the benefit of all sentient beings.

How can we be enriched by Buddhist wisdom while learning to apply it our daily life?

This weekend retreat will explore how we, as modern people living in a deeply challenging world, can cultivate sanity in ourselves and others. There will be extended periods of Buddhist mindfulness meditation, formal talks on classical Buddhist texts followed by group discussion, awareness exercises, contemplation practices, and social celebration.


We are pleased to welcome guest teachers, Shastri Bill Brauer and his wife Ella Reznikova, who are visiting Florida from Vermont.

Shastri Brauer has served as Executive Director of Karmê Chöling, a Shambhala Land Center in Vermont.  He has consulted for large corporations on leadership training, succession planning, and developmental feedback and strategic planning.  Shastri Brauer teaches Way of Shambhala classes, dathüns, Meditation Instructor Training, and Shambhala Training Levels throughout North America and Eastern Europe, and recently Russia.

Ms Reznikova is a meditation teacher, Transformative Mediator, translator, traveler and tireless reader.  She likes to write short stories, mostly about her life in the Soviet Ukraine and her family.  She works at Karma Choling as the Scholarship Manager.


There are no prerequisites for this introductory program.  Please bring your curious, open mind.

Suggested readings:

There are NO REQUIRED readings for this course. 

If you would like to read in preparation, use any books you may have by any teacher presenting Bodhisattva teachings.  Particularly helpful for this weekend are: Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogam Trungpa Rinpoche, the chapter on the Bodhisattva Path; and Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Section Four, chapters 19 - 21. (20 pages).


Regular Price: 0 members; 5 non-members

Early Bird: 0 members; 5 non-members.  Register online by February 2, 2019, to enjoy reduced pricing.


This program will take place at the location of the Shambhala Gainesville Meditation Group: 1899 NE 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL  32609.  Breakfast and lunch are provided on Saturday and Sunday.  There will be an optional group dinner at a nearby restaurant on Saturday evening (additional details will be provided on your welcome email which is sent a few days before the start of the event).

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