Acharya Richard John 2019 Visit

We are excited to announce that Acharya Richard John will be teaching in the Bay Area from November 8th through the 24th. He will be visiting several of our centers and giving both public and advanced programs. We invite you to join us!

Public Programs

Berkeley
Song of Experience—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet
November 8th through 10th

While still a monk in Tibet and only nineteen years of age, Chökyi Gyatso, the 11th Trungpa Tulku, was a renowned teacher and master of Mahamudra and Dzokchen. Many of his songs of realization and instructions were recently brought to the West by Karma Senge and translated by the Nalanda Translation Committee.

This song, Don’t Wander!, gives pith instructions for the path in only five lines. It can be understood as both a mahayana and vajrayana teaching. In this weekend program we will take both approaches.

4 dignities

Davis
Four Dharmas, Four Foundations, Four Dignities:
A Four-Day Meditation Retreat

November 16th through 19th

The first meditation practices taught by the Buddha were the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. The view of the dynamic unfolding of the path is known as the Four Dharmas of Gampopa. The Shambhala stages of attainment, as well as the application in daily life, are the Four Dignities.

These teachings are beautifully aligned, and we will apply them in this four-day meditation retreat. Beginning each morning with the Four Dharmas, each day will include teachings on one dignity, and pith instructions for the corresponding meditation. Acharya John has taught many dathuns (four-week retreats) using this format, with one dignity and foundation for each week. Here we will condense it into four days.

Photo portrait of Acharya Richard JohnSanta Rosa
Samsara is an Ocean of Narratives.
What is our Path?

November 21st
What strange times these are. The setting sun concept of “truth” has devolved into “whatever you want to believe.” But the radiance of the Buddha’s truth–the Dharma–is also flourishing.

The deep longing to understand reality has led each of us to the Buddhist path, and a classic teaching on the unfolding of this path is the Four Dharmas of Gampopa. Gampopa’s incomparable pith instruction describes the personal experience of discovering truth. It has the simplicity of mahamudra and dzogchen, while being utterly accessible to any practitioner.

Sonoma
Heart Instructions of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche—Song of Experience: Mahayana Day
November 23rd
This program is open to everyone. We will study and practice this text as instructions for the bodhisattva path, incorporating some of the key slogans of Lojong (mind training).

While still a monk in Tibet and only nineteen years of age, Chökyi Gyatso, the 11th Trungpa Tulku, was a renowned teacher and master of Mahamudra and Dzokchen. Many of his songs of realization and instructions were recently brought to the West by Karma Senge and translated by the Nalanda Translation Committee. This song, Don’t Wander!, gives pith instructions for the path in only five lines. It can be understood as both a mahayana and vajrayana teaching. In this weekend program we will take both approaches.


Vajrayana Programs (advanced)

Berkeley
The Profound Guru Yoga (Vajrayana)
November 11th

Davis
The Profound Guru Yoga (Vajrayana)
November 15th

Before escaping from Tibet at the age of 19, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche was already a revered lineage holder and accomplished teacher. Following tradition, he wrote this guru yoga for his students to practice in his absence. The text was brought to the West in 2003 by his nephew, Karma Senge Rinpoche, who translated it with the Nalanda Translation Committee and traveled widely giving the reading transmission and teachings. In this one-day retreat, after receiving the lung we will practice this short and pithy guru yoga several times, and have talks and discussion. The very rich commentary with the text touches on the three kayas, three samadhis, absolute and relative bodhichitta, and other key teachings from the mahamudra and dzokchen lineages.

We will complete the day with the Sadhana of Mahamudra, followed by a feast-style buffet. All tantrikas are invited.

Sonoma
Heart Instructions of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche—Song of Experience (Vajrayana Weekend)
November 23rd and 24th (the 24th is an exclusive vajrayana day)

While still a monk in Tibet and only nineteen years of age, Chökyi Gyatso, the 11th Trungpa Tulku, was a renowned teacher and master of Mahamudra and Dzokchen. Many of his songs of realization and instructions were recently brought to the West by Karma Senge and translated by the Nalanda Translation Committee. This song, Don’t Wander!, gives pith instructions for the path in only five lines. It can be understood as both a mahayana and vajrayana teaching. In this weekend program we will take both approaches.

Saturday November 23rd is Mahayana
This is open to everyone. We will study and practice this text as instructions for the bodhisattva path, incorporating some of the key slogans of Lojong (mind training). 

Sunday November 24th is Vajrayana
This is open only to tantrikas, who have received transmission at a Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World Assembly. We will study and practice the song as a Dzokchen text. Please note: Tantrikas attending this day are strongly encouraged to attend the entire weekend, and take advantage of the comparative ways this is presented.