A Time to Go Deeper: The Three Yanas [Online]

with Judy Lief & Jonathan Barbieri

February 20th

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  • $60 Program Price
  • $75 Patron Price

The Three Yanas
February 20th
Led by Judith Lief, with Jon Barbieri

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time
(9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mountain Time)

The first retreat provides an overview of the three principal Buddhist paths as presented in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition; Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana.

In the Hinayana, the focus is on ourselves—understanding our bewilderment, suffering, and mistaken beliefs about reality. The journey proceeds to waking up to how things are and not causing harm to others.

In the Mahayana, the vision expands beyond oneself into the larger world. The path emphasizes the cultivation of wisdom through emptiness—the experience that all appearances are seen to be ungraspable and profound. And one’s life and activities are dedicated to the benefit of others.

In the Vajrayana, building on the Hinayana and Mahayana paths, there are skillful methods applied in the path to more directly relate and work with ourselves and the phenomenal world. There is a greater emphasis on allowing the mind to rest naturally in its inherent clarity and emptiness.

The day will include meditation instruction and practice, talks, and discussion.   

Readings will be drawn from The Profound Treasury of The Ocean of Dharma (Shambhala Publications), Volumes 1, 2 and 3.

This offering is part one of a five-part series. To register for this specific offering, please click here.

To register for the entire series, please click here. Registration for this program is capped at 150 participants; so, if you are interested, register early!


Judy Lief is a Buddhist teacher who trained under Ven. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She has been a teacher and practitioner for over 35 years, and she continues to teach throughout the world. Judy is known for offering insights and practices stemming from the Buddhist tradition as a support for ordinary people facing the difficulties and challenges of modern life. Judy leads retreats and workshops as well as presenting online teachings. She is the editor of Chogyam Trungpa’s three-volume set of teachings: The Profound Treasury of The Ocean of Dharma.  For more about Judy and her teachings and writings, see judylief.com.


Jon Barbieri is a Buddhist practitioner and teacher who studied under Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He has been teaching the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings throughout North America for over 35 years. He has served as Director of Shambhala Mountain Center and as Senior Teacher to the Fort Collins Shambhala Center.

His livelihood has included being a consultant to cities and counties on the West Coast, offering management services to small businesses and non-profits, presenting Mindfulness Training Programs to the private and public sector, and most recently, presenting Chogyam Trungpa’s view on politics and the need to be engaged in societal issues.

Zoom Access: This course will be offered online via Zoom at the dates and times (in Pacific Time Zone) listed above; use The Timezone Converter to determine your local class time. After registering for the course, you will receive instructions for joining course meetings.

To register for the entire series, please click here. Registration for this program is capped at 150 participants; so, if you are interested, register early!

This program is offered in collaboration with the following Shambhala Centers: Albuquerque, Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Tucson.

The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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