Program Details

What Can We Rely On? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha


with Richard John
April 25 / 12:00 AM - April 26 / 12:00 AM

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 8 th 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 members, new and senior, of the Boston Shambhala Center. The weekend will include talks, meditation instruction and practice, and small group conversations with senior meditation instructors.




Acharya Richard John


An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Richard has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada and Mexico. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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!

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