Shambhala Sadhana Retreat with Acharya Christie Cashman

September 27th—September 29th (2013)

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  • $175.00 Suggested Contribution
Room: Main Shrine Room
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Shambhala Sadhana Retreat with Acharya Christie Cashman

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

September 27-29, 2013

In order to deepen the practice of his students and arouse both confidence and curiosity in basic goodness, the Kongma Sakyong composed the Shambhala Sadhana at Yangleshö, the famous cave in Nepal where Padmasambhava attained enlightenment. The Shambhala Sadhana is a profound Vajrayana practice involving sacred perception of oneself, others, the natural world and of society itself. The sadhana practice also serves as a way to bind the Shambhala community in kinship, vision, and delight.

The program begins Friday evening, and ends with a lunch-time feast on Sunday.

Suggested Cost: $175

There is a $25 discount if you register by Sunday, September 15.

Register below.

Contact person: Eric Laufe  [email protected]

Prerequisites for the Program

This program is for those who have already taken the Enlightened Society Vow, and received both the Sun Transmission and the lung for the Sadhana.  It begins Friday evening, and ends with a lunch-time feast on Sunday.

Participants should have already attended one of the following programs: The Shambhala Sadhana retreat in March 2012, (or one of that retreat??s make-up weekends) or an Enlightened Society Assembly (formerly known as Sutrayana Seminary), a Sacred World Assembly (formerly known as Vajrayana Seminary), or a Scorpion Seal Assembly

Acharya Cashman's Biographical Information

Christie first encountered the dharma as a young girl.  During a long stay in Japan she made daily visits to Buddhist temples and shrines and began to feel a deep connection with the penetrating quietude of these environments. It was years later, while studying at the University of California in Berkeley, that Christie learned to meditate, starting a daily practice of zazen with Suzuki Roshi.  Eventually, she picked up Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's  Meditation in Action.  Learning of Rinpoche's "resonant and outrageous" lifestyle, she sold her belongings, packed a little bag and moved to Boulder, Colorado to become his student. That was January 1971.

Christie's life soon began to revolve around month long meditation retreats, intensive study, and teaching a full range of courses-from introductory meditation intensives at Naropa University to Vajrayana sadhana classes and Shambhala Training levels. For many years she taught at the annual three-month Vajradhatu Seminary and worked closely during that time with Rinpoche on course curriculum design and implementation. During the 17 years she resided in Boulder, Christie worked full-time in Trungpa Rinpoche's administration.

In 1987, when Christie moved to Nova Scotia,  she spent a good part of each year in solitary retreat to delve further into the study and practice of the Shambhala terma tradition and vajrayana practice.  During this time, she taught several Warrior Assemblies and worked in the areas of environmental protection and dispute resolution before serving as Shambhala Training International's Executive Director from 1999 to 2003.  Christie is a Governor of the Council of Warriors, and has taught at several Kalapa Assemblies.  She holds the acharya post on the Shambhala Care and Conduct Panel, which works to bring the principles of restorative justice to the Shambhala community. Under the guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, she continues to engage in Shambhala and Buddhist curriculum development and the training of teachers. Christie lives with her husband in Halifax, Nova Scotia.