Program Details

What is Real?: Seeing Things As They Are -- A Public Talk

with Dan Hessey
February 21 / 7:30 PM - February 21 / 9:30 PM

In this age of fake news, how do we know anymore what is real, and what and who we can trust?  How can we cut through the noise and fog, and even the stories we tell ourselves to get to a deeper, genuine truth, if such a thing exists. 


Join visiting teacher Acharya Dan Hessey as we explore how the Shambhala Buddhist teachings and the direct experience of meditation can help us see more clearly through the obscurations, illusions, doubt, and fear to a reality that is right here right now that includes the goodness and wisdom of all beings, and the sacredness of the world. 



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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