with Acharya Emily Bower & Shastri Pamela Bothwell
or $50 per day: price includes 1 meal per day. Housing may be arranged with local sangha or at nearby hotels. A teacher’s gift is not included in the registration fee.
Come join in a week of practice and study for Shambhala Vajrayana students! Rigden Ngöndro, Werma and Scorpion Seal practitioners are welcome. Full attendance for all seven days will count as one week of Acharya-led practice. Two consecutive days will count as local center intensive practice.
During this week of intensive practice, we will explore some of the vajrayana teachings of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Each day will include opening and closing sessions for the entire group together, sessions for separate practice groups (ngondro, Werma, Scorpion Seal), group lunch and work period, a study session in which we will offer live talks and recordings as well as text study time over the course of the week, and group discussion time. Study themes will include such topics as: transmission, devotion and loyalty, samaya, magic, and sacred outlook. Additionally, Acharya Bower will offer an introduction to the view and practice of chöpon and umdze service.
Shastri Bothwell will open the week and lead the practice on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Acharya Bower will lead the weekthun from Thursday through Sunday. The retreat will culminate in a Werma feast on Sunday evening.
Acharya Emily Bower started practicing in the Shambhala community in 1987, in Berkeley, CA. She began studying with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche when he came to teach in Berkeley in 1991. She served as his editor for various projects, including his first book, Turning the Mind into an Ally. In 1991, she joined the staff of Karme Chöling, where she lived for three years, working on publicity and marketing. She has been a professional editor since 1987 and has most recently worked full-time as an acquiring editor for Shambhala Publications in Boston. Now, in addition to traveling and teaching in the Shambhala mandala, she continues to work as a book editor and publishing consultant. She has recently moved to Los Angeles.
Areas of particular interest: end-of-life care and resources; relating with grief and loss; raising awareness around aging in the sangha; care and conduct; meditation instructor and teacher training; West Coast regional resource acharya in the area of Practice Forms.
Committees: member, the Working Group on Aging in Shambhala; chair, subcommittee group gathering wisdom for end-of-life care in Shambhala; acharya, Care and Conduct Committee.
Shastri Pamela Bothwell first encountered the Dharma at Tail of the Tiger (Karme Chöling Buddhist Contemplative Center) in Vermont in 1973. She has served as co-director of the New York Shambhala Center; Head of Practice and Study at Karme-Chöling; Head of Study at the San Francisco Shambhala Center; Ambassador to the Los Angeles Shambhala Center; and Co-Director of the Los Angeles Shambhala Center. A retired attorney, married for 30 years, Shastri Bothwell has three young adult children. In 2010, she was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as Shastri (senior teacher) for Los Angeles.