Program Details

The Treasury of the Three Yanas

with Christie Cashman
May 8 / 7:00 PM - May 11 / 5:00 PM

Please join us in this three-day public offering celebrating the three yanas or the three-stage journey of Tibetan Buddhism through meditation instruction, practice, talks and discussions. We welcome all who are interested to explore the early hinayana teachings of Lord Buddha on Friday night and Saturday. On Sunday, we will look into the mahayana bodhisattva path, which like two wings of a bird, includes both boundless compassion and prajna, the intelligence that experiences the world directly without language. This freedom from concept is described in the Buddha’s Prajnaparamita-hridaya or Heart Sutra.

Monday will explore the Vajrayana teachings. The morning will be dedicated to the topic of invoking the deity and the practice of White Tara. This is a mother lineage practice that contains the warmth and stability necessary to hold individuals and communities in times of great difficulty. White Tara is the famed female Buddha who embodies the energies of healing, compassion and tranquility. Together we will explore these energies, understanding that they are fundamentally inseparable from our own nature. On Monday afternoon, the acharya will offer a vajrayana approach to liberating emotions into wisdom.  

It is possible to participate only  in the weekend program from Friday to Sunday.

Hinayana and Mahayana            
May 8-9-10                                    
Friday May 8: 7pm-9pm                          
Saturday May 9: 9am-6pm                       
Sunday May 10: 9am-4pm

Vajrayana: Monday May 11: 9am-5pm

Three-day program, Friday to Monday afternoon: 0
Two-day and a half program, Friday to Sunday: 0
One-day program on Vajrayana topics : Monday:   

The policy of generosity of Shambhala Centre applies for these two programs

Although this program will interest anyone who would like to know more about the scope of the Buddhist journey, it will also be particularly useful for those who are contemplating taking the Refuge or Bodhisattva Vow which will be offered at the Montreal Shambhala Centre in October  2020.

For those contemplating taking refuge: "In the Buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion and associate oneself with wakefulness. Taking refuge is a matter of commitment and acceptance and, at the same time, of openness and freedom". - Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Refuge Vow: A Sourcebook

The Bodhisattva Vow: A Sourcebook

Biography: Acharya Christie Cashman is a high-level teacher of Shambhala Buddhism. Her life has been enriched by long solitary retreats, intensive studies of Buddhism and the teaching of many programs. Appointed Acharya (senior teacher) since 1999, she focuses on the teachings of Vajrayana and visualization practices.

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