Program Details

Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

with Richard John
November 1 / 6:30 PM - November 3 / 5:00 PM

Rigden: Unconditional Confidence is a weekend led by an Acharya in the Shambhala tradition, introducing further principles of warriorship. This is the point on the path when one takes the Shambhala Vow, which is offered at the conclusion of the weekend. The Rigden represents our inherent enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional bravery. Historically, Rigdens were enlightened rulers: those who could rule their world based on their unwavering experience of basic goodness.

Prerequisites: Shambhala Training Weekends I-V and the five "Everyday Life" courses (Meditation, Contentment, Joy, Fearlessness, and Wisdom).  Some exceptions will be allowed. If you would like to request an exception please contact Sydney Munger ([email protected])

Taking the Shambhala Vow of basic goodness is a powerful moment in transforming one's life. Upon taking this warrior vow, you receive a Shambhala name. As a warrior, you commit to perpetually foster your basic goodness.

When you register for the program, you will receive a copy of the Shambhala Vow, and a message regarding the vow from Acharya John. Taking the vow is not required for the weekend, and you may wish to discuss the vow with your meditation instructor.

With the great problems now facing human society, the Rigden weekend emphasizes connecting with one's innate goodness to manifest genuine confidence and bravery when engaging in the challenges in one's life and in the world.

Heart Gifts

It is customary to offer a monetary Heart Gift to the teacher. Acharyas receive no salary or benefits, and depend upon this income in order to teach for a living. This is completely voluntary according to your inspiration, and there is no suggested amount--any amount is appreciated


About the Teacher: 

Acharya Richard John is an early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Chile. After careers as a designer and a management consultant, he served as director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Questions? Please contact Sydney Munger, [email protected].

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