Program Details

Waking Up In The Dark Age: May Dharma Progress Along the Path

with Richard John
January 16 / 10:00 AM - January 16 / 1:00 PM

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
Grant your blessings so that my mind may
one with the dharma
Grant your blessings so that dharma
may progress along the path
Grant your blessings so that the path may clarify confusion
Grant your blessings so that confusion may dawn as wisdom

We are truly experiencing the onset of the dark age, which the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche described as a time of "pollution and interruption," when "the blessings of spiritual energy are being lost." For committed practitioners, these times call for dharma teachings of urgent simplicity.

One of the most elegant pith instructions describing the dynamic process of the buddhist path is well known as the Four Dharmas of Gampopa. A mainstay of the "practice lineages," they are attributed to Gampopa, the main disciple of Milarepa and guru to the first Karmapa.

Each of the Four Dharmas contains practice advice that is accessible and free of intellectual speculation, and immediately relevant for all of us in this day and age.

The program will include meditation, a talk, and ample time for questions and conversation. 

Please register and pay at least 24-hours in advance in order to receive the Zoom link.

About Acharya Richard John
A long-time friend of the Northern California Shambhala Centers, Acharya John took refuge with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Berkeley in 1976. He was appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and for many years has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada, and internationally. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and now teaches full time. Acharya John and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Canada.

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Heart Gifts for Acharya Richard John
This completely voluntary gift can be made according to your inspiration. It is an expression of gratitude for receiving the teachings. There is no suggested amount—any amount is appreciated.

There are two ways to give Acharya John a heart gift.

1. You can give a gift using your credit card or PayPal debit through the Davis Shambhala Center PayPal donation link

Important! In order for your gift to reach Acharya John, you must write on the Add a Note line Heart Gift for Acharya John.

2. You can make a check payable to Richard John, and mail it to: 

Lyle Larson
1607 Astoria St.
Davis, CA 95616

The heart gifts will be gathered together and sent with a thank you to Acharya John.

This is the second of a 4-part series that explores the Four Dharmas of Gampopa. Subsequent programs will be sponsored at the following centers.

Please note that you will need to register and pay for each talk separately at each respective center.

May the Path Clarify Confusion
March 13th with Berkeley Shambhala

May Confusion Dawn as Wisdom
May 15th with Santa Rosa Shambhala


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