RADICAL SIMPLICITY: Shambhala Meditation for a Troubled World with Acharya Richard John

with Acharya Richard John

October 12th—October 14th (2018)

Date details +
  • $200 Contributor Price
  • $175 Program Price
  • $35 Deposit
  • Amount after scholarship (from form)
Room: Main Shrine Room

If we seek a meaningful life, there are so many choices: Secular or spiritual, activist or contemplative, academic or practical… The tradition of Shambhala has the depth of all of these, but also the simplicity and accessibility that is so necessary in our chaotic times.

We may tend to worry a lot and scatter our energy. The wisdom traditions all teach the opposite: Settle, focus, and rely on your innate wisdom. This is not to escape, but to develop the insight and compassion needed to act wisely and skillfully.

Everyone is welcome to attend this weekend program. We will draw on the wisdom of Buddhism, Tibetan shamanism, the Quakers, Martin Luther King, Thomas Merton, Karen Armstrong and others. In a gentle environment, we will learn the profound and simple practice of Shambhala Meditation. The program will include talks, practice and discussion.

An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. A longtime friend of the Baltimore Shambhala Center, he has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and Chile. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Canada.

Program Fee

The Baltimore Shambhala Center relies on program registration fees, as well as on donations, to be able to cover our operating expenses, including the monthly rent. We very much value your paying the registration fee for this program, if you are able to afford this amount.  


We want anyone who wishes to study meditation and to experience the Shambhala view of basic goodness to be able to do so. Scholarships are available so that our programs are open to anyone, regardless of what tuition amount they are able to afford. (See link below if your are in need of a scholarship for this program. Scholarship requests are processed online, so that there is no delay in registration.)

A $35 deposit is requested if you can not pay the full program fee now (unless you are requesting a scholarship). If requesting a scholarship, please go to scholarship page before registering. 


It is our objective to increase diversity at the Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center to better reflect our diverse community. To monitor our progress over time, we would like to collect information on the racial identity of participants. Providing this information, which will be tallied anonymously, is optional.

To enter this information, please click on this link.