Power and Magic: Windhorse and Drala as Antidotes in the Dark Age -- A Special Members Gathering

with Acharya Daniel Hessey

February 22nd

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  • $20.00 Program Price
  • $25.00 Patron Price
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room- 963 Colorado Blvd, 90041
A Special Evening for Shambhala Center members to meet Acharya Dan Hessey and listen to a talk on the power and magic of the Shambhala teachings on Windhorse and Drala.
In the Sacred Path, Shambhala warriors are introduced to teachings on Windhorse and Drala. We are taught that “raising Windhorse” opens one’s heart and refreshes one’s confidence, enabling the warrior to go forward in the midst of whatever challenges occur. The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists when we step beyond aggression, and are able to engage the elemental and magical strength inherent in the world.
Yet with the speed and onslaught of the modern world, with economic anxiety, climate change, war, poverty, tribalism, it is easy to forget we have these precious teachings and practices. We lose heart and feel overwhelmed. Join us as we refresh our understanding and practice of these powerful jewel teachings on Windhorse and Drala that are especially well suited to help cut through the aggression, ignorance, and depression of these times.  We can remember our basic goodness, invoking our inherent wisdom and principles of warriorship to manifest enlightened society wherever we are. 
Evening begins with a potluck at 6:30pm (please bring a dish to share), followed at 7:30pm by Acharya Hessey's talk.
Acharya Dan Hessey discovered the dharma in 1973 through Trungpa Rinpoche’s book Meditation in Action and moved to Tail of the Tiger (now Karmê Chöling) the following year. He has lived in Shambhala communities — Karmê Chöling, Shambhala Mountain Center, and Marpa House -­- for the majority of his adult life. He served as co-director of what is now Shambhala Mountain Center from 1985 to 1992, and served on its Board of Directors for five years. He has taught the Shambhala dharma extensively in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Before becoming an acharya, he served for two years as shastri for Shambhala Mountain Center and Fort Collins.

Dan is on the founding board of The Beanstalk Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting grassroots social entrepreneurs based in Denver, Colorado. Over the last fifteen years he has translated the Yijing (I Ching) from the Chinese into English under the direction of Eva Wong. He has retired from his career as a mortgage banker in Boulder Colorado, and now serves as the resident Acharya at Shambhala Mountain Center. He is the proud father of his daughter Amanda, who is now in college.

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