Vajrayana Practice morning
Please join Acharya Spiegel in a morning of practice (ngondro and Werma practices) and teaching, invoking the mandala of natural wisdom.
Kurukulla Practice afternoon
In the afternoon students who have taken the Kurukulla abhisekha will gather to practice together and explore the deity, her qualities and establish a relationship with the practice and energy.
Acharya Eric Spiegel has been teaching in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for over 40 years and has studied directly with both Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. As an Acharya (which means "Teacher" in sanskrit) he is one of a small group of senior teachers empowered by The Sakyong to directly represent the Shambhala Lineage.
In addition to a 40 year career in finance (from which he is retired!), Eric is known for his work with people with HIV and other life-threatening illnesses. He teaches extensively on the topics of fearlessness in relating with Death and also on the place of “Wealth and Power” in spirituality. He is interested in exploring the nature of mind and meditation, not separate from the hard complexities of life: how do we practice work, money, relationships, health, and aging with an uplifted and forward vision about our life. He has been leading retreats for the LGBTQI community since the 1980s.
Acharya Spiegel lives in the Hudson Valley of rural upstate New York.