Maitri: Five Wisdom Energies

with Jennifer Parde

February 28th—March 28th

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  • $125 Contributor Price
  • $100 Program Price
  • $35 Deposit
  • Amount after scholarship (from form)
Room: Main Shrine Room

The five wisdom energies, also known as the five Buddha families, are both the building blocks of our egos and the expression of our wisdom. This class will allow us to experience these energies and explore their manifestation in the elements, in our emotions and in the phenomenal world. An icicle melting in the bright sun, a rotting log covered in moss and home to a great variety of bugs and plants, a crocus peaking out of the snow, all are manifestations of the Buddha family energies. So are various styles of architecture and the cities of the world, the various landscapes of the earth, and the view of outer space.

The five wisdom energies work directly with the basic elements of experience: body, mind, emotions, and our surroundings. In 1971, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche created a meditation practice using five postures and five colors to evoke these energies so that we could learn to befriend emotions and ultimately develop unconditional love for ourselves and others. This training, based on the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, will include sitting meditation, posture practice, experiential work, talks and discussion.

This program is open and accessible to meditation practitioners at all levels.


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.