Shambhala Training Sacred Path: Golden Key [Online]

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

October 9th—October 11th

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  • $265 Program Price
  • $320 Patron Price
  • ($70.00 Material Fee included in each price.)

Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Sacred Path: Outrageous and Inscrutable

Program Details: The Golden Key is the culmination of the Sacred Path programs. Having studied the path of the Four Dignities, we go back to deepen our understanding and practice of Windhorse and Drala. We will receive and explore a further text of the Shambhala terma which expands on our understanding of these key principles and takes us further in our warrior training. In Golden Key, we work with the boundary between worldly and spiritual; how we experience sacredness, specifically addressing the notion of genuine wealth, and how we can start to free ourself from the bondage of the two cousins of poverty mentality and ego-driven pride.

Because of the depth of the material, the program will be a full three days beginning on Saturday morning. (It will take place on Columbus / Indigenous People’s Weekend.) Please plan accordingly.

This program is being planned to accommodate all North American time zones, so it will have a condensed daily schedule. Each meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time and end at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
Please note that the full program cost includes a $70 Material Fee in addition to the Program Price ($195) or Patron Price ($250), in accordance with which first-time participants will receive The Letter of the Golden Key ($50) and Golden Key Sourcebook ($20). Please register as soon as possible to maximize the chances of receiving physical copies before the program begins.
Participants who have previously attended Golden Key are welcome to participate at the discounted rate of $120 (with no Material Fee) for the three-day retreat but may contribute more if inspired.
Eric Spiegel as been a student and teacher in the Shambhala tradition since his teens. He was born and raised in New York City by left-wing parents and spent most of his 20s living in Boulder and then Karme Choling before returning to New York. He holds the teaching title "Acharya" given by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.
Eric will be teaching this program from his home in rural New York State, on the western edge of the Berkshire Mountains.
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.
Important Note: Please log in with, or consider creating, a Shambhala account on the registration page (located on the right side of the page) to receive the program's Zoom meeting information immediately. This is especially important for participants who register close to the program start time. That said, registering now is strongly recommended—and an act of kindness for our teachers and coordinators!
Pricing Information and Generosity Policy: We are committed to making our programs and classes accessible to everyone, and we will not turn anyone away due to financial concerns. If the Program Price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer what you are able to pay. You do not need to apply for the Generosity Policy in advance, but if you have questions, please contact us.

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 us at 323-963-3001 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 (when available) 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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