The Joyful Snow Lion: Exertion
with Moh Hardin
June 16 / 10:00 AM - June 16 / 12:00 PM
SF Shambhala is pleased to join with Shambhala Online to offer a series of Buddhist Mahayana teachings taught by the Shambhala acharyas. (An acharya is a senior teacher in the Shambhala community.) Each teaching will take place at the SF Shambhala Center and replace our regularly-scheduled Sunday Morning Sit. We will connect online, along with the global community, to participate in these live-streamed events.
The Joyful Snow Lion: The Paramitas
This series of classes includes an exploration of bodhicitta and how we put our aspiration into action with the practice of the Paramitas. In Buddhism, bodhicitta, or "enlightenment-mind", is the striving towards awakening, empathy, and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Paramita is a Sanskrit word that can be literally translated as “arrive on the other side or shore”. By practicing the paramitas we work towards overcoming our negative destructive emotions, transcending suffering, and seeing the true nature of things. Practicing the paramitas helps us to be of benefit to the world.
Each class will include a live discussion led by one of the Acharyas as well as suggesting readings and books to deepen our understanding of these teachings. You will also be given contemplation exercises to help you integrate these fundamental teachings into your daily life.
Acharya Moh Hardin was born in South Carolina on April 10, 1944. The son of a Methodist minister, Moh grew up in the church. After graduating from Duke University with a B.A. in music, and completing alternative service as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, Moh dropped out and became a hippie. At the time, Moh considered himself an independent thinker who would never have a teacher. That was before an encounter with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche changed his mind: “His words were true to my experience…and he had nothing in it for himself.”
After helping establish the Berkeley Dharmadhatu, Moh served there as education coordinator until he was invited in 1979 to work in the Karme Choling practice and study department. In 1984, Moh and his family moved to Nova Scotia and set up an herb farm. After Moh’s wife Judith was diagnosed with cancer, they decided to move into Halifax. The years between ’87 and ’90 were marked by Judith’s journey toward death, a sad journey that was also inspiring because of the warriorship that Judith embodied.
Moh served as Director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre from 1991 to 2001. Currently he serves as Regional Acharya for the Atlantic Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, and the states of Texas and Louisiana. He visits the Shambhala Centers in these regions regularly, teaching and working with students.
In 1996, Moh married Cynde Grieve, and they live quite happily in Halifax with Justin, Cecily, and Cynde’s son, Evan. When Moh reflects on his dharma training, he thinks first of his good fortune to be able to attend six Vajradhatu Seminaries, as both student and teacher, where he was able to train directly under the guidance of Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Says Moh, “It doesn’t matter whether you are a participant or staff, you still go through the journey.”
A Year of Deepening in Compassion
This series is part of a full year of teachings that are divided into four seasonal themes, with a new course beginning every three months. Within each season, acharyas will be offering talks that relate to that topic with their own personal approach. There will be one online discussion group for each season.
Schedule for the live sessions and talks
The Joyful Snow Lion: Generosity
with Acharya Marty Janowitz
This will be preceded by a short recorded intro talk with Acharya Chapman.
The Joyful Snow Lion: Discipline
with Acharya Susan Chapman
The Joyful Snow Lion: Patience
with Acharya Suzann Duquette
The Joyful Snow Lion: Exertion
with Acharya Moh Hardin
The Joyful Snow Lion: Live Group Discussion
led by the Acharyas
Samadhi and Course Conclusion
led by Acharya John Rockwell
9:30 AM Doors open for registration
10 AM Online presentation
12 Noon Community socializing and tea
*Sliding Scale to
Nobody turned away for lack of funds
*Paying a higher amount will help subsidize those who are not able to make a financial contribution.
Preregistration and online payment is strongly encouraged.