Program Details

Celebrating the Vajrayana

with Christie Cashman
November 8 / 8:03 AM - November 11 / 6:00 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 of 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.

Practitioners of ngondro, Werma, mahamudra, Vajrayogini and Scorpion Seal are welcome. Each day will begin with the Mahayana Morning Liturgy, and conclude with the Exorcism chant. 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, the Rain of Blessings Guru Yoga by Jamgön Mipham and The Short Daily Practice of Vajrakilaya also by Jamgön Mipham—more information to follow. The program counts toward all retreat requirements.

Any sort of partial attendance is allowed—by the day or for certain talks.

Discussion topics include:

  • Co-emergent wisdom: Making direct contact with confusion in order to liberate it

  • Heart message of Yeshe Tsogyal and Padmasambhava

  • Remembering our Vajrayana training as we near death

  • The Heart Sutra as basis and protection in the Vajrayana


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.

Important Registration Information

If you plan to attend the full program, please register online and pay via Paypal if you wish.  For partial attendance, payment will be at the door (/day or /talk) but please register online without payment so we know to expect you.  In the comments section of your registration, please indicate the dates you plan to attend and your current level of Vajrayana practice.

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