Celebrating the Vajrayana
with Christie Cashman
November 8 / 9:00 AM - November 11 / 5:00 PM
The vajrayana teachings are renowned for providing the strongest medicine in times of the greatest confusion. But it’s also during these times that practices such as invoking the deity, resting in the nature of mind, or engaging in sacred perception can feel very remote. Throughout this four-day retreat, we will explore how wrathful, peaceful, and effortless vajrayana methods “touch the fruition,” and thus remind us of our inherent wisdom.
We’ll engage in the practices of Vajrakilaya, White Tara, and mahamudra, and separately practice Werma, ngöndro, Scorpion Seal. The program will include discussions with each group of practitioners, talks and personal interviews with the acharya. Lungs will be given for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s White Tara and The Short Daily Practice of Vajrakilaya by Mipham the Great—more information to follow.
Partial attendance is allowed. The program counts toward ngöndro, Werma and Scorpion Seal Assembly requirements.
Discussion topics include:
- Yeshe Tsogyal and the feminine principle.
- Understanding the Heart Sutra’s message as the basis of vajrayana.
- The luminosity practice of kyerim.
- Recognizing naked awareness whatever we are doing.
- Relationship with a teacher.
- Remembering our vajrayana training for when we are nearing death.
- Making direct contact with confusion in order to liberate it.
Prerequisites: All those who have been to a Sacred World Assembly, Vajrayana Seminary, Rigden Abhisheka, or Scorpion Seal Assemblies are welcome.
About Acharya Christie Cashman
Acharya Christie Cashman first studied the dharma with Suzuki Roshi at age 18, while attending the University of California at Berkeley. Then, in 1971 she entered the Shambhala Buddhist path with Trungpa Rinpoche in Boulder, Colorado. For the first two years in Boulder, Christie lived in a little downstairs room in Trunga Rinpoche’s house. He encouraged her to put away the guitar, practice meditation three hours a day, and enter long solitary retreats. Her life began to revolve around the retreats and intensive study of Buddhism. Along with many other students, she began to teach a full range of courses-from introductory meditation intensives at Naropa University to Vajrayana sadhana classes. For many years beginning in 1973, she attended and taught at the annual three-month seminaries and worked closely during that time with Rinpoche on teaching methods, course curriculum and implementation. During the 17 years Christie resided in Boulder, she worked full-time in Trungpa Rinpoche’s international administration.
In 1987, when Christie moved to Nova Scotia, she spent a good part of each year in solitary retreat to delve further into the Shambhala terma tradition and vajrayana practice. During this time, she worked in the areas of environmental protection and dispute resolution before serving as the Shambhala Training International Executive Director. In 1999, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed Christie as an acharya, thus beginning a life of traveling and teaching. Her focus is on the vajrayana teachings and she is chaperone to the Sakyong's core text on visualization practice, which enriches and eases the journey from dualistic perception to pure appearance. As a Werma Acharya, Christie leads Scorpion Seal Assemblies. Christie and her husband live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Additional information, including information about fees and registration, will be added soon.