Program Details

What can we rely on? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha

with Richard John
December 13 / 7:00 PM - December 15 / 5:30 PM

One of the Buddha’s most profound and practical teachings has become known as “The Four Reliances.” This is his heart advice to students who find themselves confused about who and what to trust to guide their path: One or many teachers? The teachings, with their various interpretations? One’s own intuition? The Buddha’s instructions are clear, simple and precise, and immensely helpful in times of chaos.

In the 8th century CE, the great Indian master Atisha initiated a series of pragmatic slogans by which practitioners could turn the mundane chaos of daily life into the path of awakening. Now known as Lojong (mind training), some of these potent slogans can interrupt our distractions and re-establish what is most urgent: the great mind of openness, and the heart of motivation to care for others.

This weekend program of teaching and practice is open to all.  The teachings will be given by Acharya Richard John, a long-time friend of the Madison sangha. The weekend will include talks, meditation instruction and practice, and small group conversations.

Beginning Friday evening, December 13th with a public talk, the program will continue on Saturday and Sunday, December 14th & 15th.  

There are no prerequisites for this program.

Early bird registration price - 0 - register by November 1st.  You can pay now via the website or in person at the program.  After November 1 - the price is 0.

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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

An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed as 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.

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