Program Details

Song of Experience—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet

with Richard John
November 8 / 7:00 PM - November 10 / 6:00 PM

This song of realization, called Don't Wander!, was written by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Surmang monastery, before he escaped from Tibet at the age of nineteen. A profound and pithy guide to the Buddhist path in only five lines, it is both a Mahayana and Vajrayana teaching, relying on some key slogans of Lojong (mind training). This song is from The Collected Tibetan Works of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, teachings gathered by Karma Senge and translated by the Nalanda Translation Committee. 

Songs of Experience
These newly translated teachings on meditation were given by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet, before he was 19. These meditation teachings are very personal words of advice, given directly by the teacher to the student, known as pith instructions. This tried and true method of transmission is to wake up the student to their own experience—as it is, on the spot. Learn more on the Nalanda Translation Committee website

Who can attend?
This weekend program is open to all practitioners, new and senior, who wishes to deepen their understanding and practice of meditation on the Buddhist path.

Acharya Richard John


Acharya Richard John was an early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Richard was appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout North America. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and leads annual 10-Day Mahamudra Retreats at SMC, Dorje Denma Ling, Karme Chöling, and Casa Werma. Richard and his wife Liz live in Halifax, Canada.


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. There is no suggested amount–any amount is appreciated.

Generosity Policy
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For those who can pay the patron rate, funds will go towards ensuring everyone has access to the weekend. For more information please see our generosity policy. 

For questions contact Jesse Miller: berkeleyshambhala [at] gmail [dot] com

Please register and pay online in advance of the class to ensure your space and so that the coordinators know to expect you.

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