Shambhala Warriorship & Leadership in Challenging Times

May you live in interesting times.” – ancient Chinese curse, oft quoted by Robert F. Kennedy & Hunter S. Thompson


There’s no denying these are interesting and, yes, challenging times.  The Sakyong has referred to it as an age of aggression and greed.  We see it in the headlines and on the often fearful faces of those we encounter every day.

The Shambhala vision prepares us for such times, though, with a vision that invites us to use Compassion and our own inherent Basic Goodness to create a culture in which life’s challenges are met with kindness, generosity and courage.

This August, we have a unique opportunity to explore our roles as Peaceful Warriors and Leaders through the Shambhala teachings, led by three of Shambhala’s most esteemed and insightful leaders.   Here are more details:

August 11th—August 13th

Fri August 11th: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Sat August 12th: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sun August 13th: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • $120 Program Price
  • $160 Patron Price

Please join us for this unique opportunity to explore the prophesy and practice of Shambhala in these difficult times.  Our Minister of the Pillar of Government, Jane Arthur, Acharya Daniel Hessey and Deputy Minister of the Pillar of Government, Cynthia MacKay will lead our practice, contemplation and exploration of Shambhala warriorship and leadership.

We will explore questions such as:

  • What is the role of Shambhala culture in our modern world?
  • What is enlightened government?
  • How do we manifest these principles at our centers and in our communities?

Our inquiry will follow the Proclamation that was written by the Kalapa Council, and was the basis of a gathering of Shambhala Leaders and the Sakyong in May called the Kalapa Garchen.

When we connect with our innate sense of warriorship, we naturally manifest as leaders.  Therefore, in our time together we will encourage everyone to contemplate deeply and to contribute fully.

Please read on to learn more about our instructors for the weekend and for a link at the end of this post to the registration site.

Jane Arthur, Minister of the Pillar of Government of Shambhala   In this role, she oversees all Shambhala centers worldwide and is responsible for training center leaders. Jane has been a member of the Shambhala community since 1997 and has held many leadership positions in Shambhala, including the Director of the Boulder Shambhala Center in Boulder, Colorado and the Director of Karme Choling, a Shambhala residential retreat center in Barnet, Vermont.  Before her current role, she was the Director of the Vermont Leadership Institute and Vermont Leadership Network at the Snelling Center for Government. She also sits on several boards in her community and is trained as a nurse and an attorney.

Acharya Daniel Hessey has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since 1973 and has taught extensively throughout the U.S. and South America. He is the resident Acharya at Shambhala Mountain Center. Since 2004, he has studied and translated the I Ching as a manual of enlightened society.

Deputy Minister of the Pillar of Government Cynthia MacKay has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for over 25 years. Fomerly she was the Director of the Los Angeles Shambhala Center where she was instrumental in the formation of the Sothern California Region.  She has traveled extensively around our globe with a backpack and her running shoes gathering teachings, running marathons and being with the varied cultures that both gracefully and painfully inhabit our planet. Cynthia teaches people to ride motorcycles for the California Motorcycle Safety Program.

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