Rigden: Unconditional Confidence and Enlightened Leadership

with Acharya Emily Bower

October 4th—October 6th (2013)

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  • $225.00 Program Price
  • $200.00 Patron Price
  • $40.00
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room

(includes $25 materials fee)

The Way of Shambhala I series of classes explores the experiences of contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom in everyday life.  This series culminates in the Rigden Weekend. The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature, and embodies the principle of unconditional confidence. Historically, Rigdens were enlightened rulers - those who could "rule their world" based on their unwavering experience of basic goodness. Emphasizing our innate and genuine confidence and steadfastness, Acharya Bower will lead an exploration of ways in which we can embody the qualities of the Rigden in our own lives and help bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world. 

PRE-REQUISITES:  Completion of Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky AND Way of Shambhala Course 5: Wisdom in Everyday Life

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. She has studied kyudo with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei and is a lifelong member of the Dorje Kasung. 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.


Please note that there will also be a Rigden Weekend offered in San Diego in November 2013: http://www.sandiego.shambhala.org/program_details.php?id=141279&cid=254

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