Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

with Acharya Richard John

October 26th—October 28th (2018)

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  • $180 Program Price
  • $205 Patron Price
  • $105 Student Price
  • ($30.00 Material Fee included in each price.)
Room: Shrine Hall

Prerequisites: Shambhala Training

The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature and embodies the principles of unconditional bravery, gentleness, and confidence. Historically, rigdens were enlightened rulers who governed their societies based on the principles of wakefulness, compassion, and wisdom.

About the Weekend

Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence is the culmination of Shambhala Training Year One. Led by Acharya Richard John as a direct representative of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, this retreat explores principles and practices connected with manifesting primordial confidence through the direct experience of basic goodness.

This weekend explores the notion of lineage, introduces a meditative practice of rousing one's personal energy, and unpacks the Shambhala Vow - a personal aspiration to realize and manifest the Shambhala principle of basic goodness throughout one's entire life. Students will have the opportunity to take the vow on Sunday afternoon as part of the culmination of the weekend program. Those who take the Shambhala Vow will meet personally with the Acharya and will receive a Shambhala Name as part of the vow ceremony.

The weekend will begin with a short nyinthün, or practice session, from 3-6 pm on Friday afternoon, during which time the Acharya will begin conducting one-on-one meetings with students. This session is optional for those who are able to attend.

The formal opening talk of the weekend will take place at 7pm Friday evening.

The Shambhala Vow ceremony will take place at 4 pm on Sunday afternoon. 

Please note that the program price includes a $30 materials fee.

About the Teacher

An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, and Chile. After careers as a designer and a management consultant, he served as director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Our Generosity Policy

We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, we do have a “pay what you can” policy. Please consider what works for you, and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Setting up a payment plan for the full amount may also be an option to consider.

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price." Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.