Program Details

Practicing in the Dark Age—An ONLINE Conversation

with Richard John
May 30 / 11:00 AM - May 30 / 1:00 PM

Practicing in the Dark Age

What is most essential for the path? What will make the most difference? Simply asking these questions is the starting point. There are many good answers, but there are also some threads which are consistent with all dharma teachings, and which are necessary if we are to actually begin to wake up and be of genuine benefit.

In this talk and conversation we will look at three things which are utterly essential for the path: Humbleness, nonwandering, and the mind of sadness.The more we find ourselves in the midst of chaos, with feelings of derailment, hope, anxiety and all the rest, the more critical it is to reflect on the basic teachings to find sparks of inspiration for our path. Please contemplate these questions and bring your thoughts to the open conversation that will follow the talk. 

About the Teacher Acharya Richard John

An early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed acharya, senior teacher, 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.


Acharya John is generously donating his time today and has asked that participants please donate what you can to your local center. 

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Heart Gifts

If you would like to make a heart gift to Acharya Richard John, registered participants will be receiving this information in a Participant Welcome with Zoom Link email.

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