What Can We Rely On? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha

with Acharya Richard John

February 8th—February 10th (2019)

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  • $150.00 Program Price
  • $200.00 Patron Price

What Can We Rely On? Advice from the Buddha and Atisha

One of the Buddha’s most profound and practical teachings has become known as “The Four Reliances.” This is his heart advice to students who find themselves confused about who and what to trust to guide their path: The teacher, or not? The teachings, which have many interpretations? One’s own intuition? The Buddha’s instructions are clear, simple and precise, and immensely helpful in times of chaos.

In the 8th century CE, the great Indian master Atisha initiated a series of pragmatic slogans by which practitioners could turn the mundane chaos of daily life into the path of awakening. Now known as Lojong (mind training), some of these potent slogans can interrupt our distractions and re-establish what is most urgent: the great mind of openness, and the heart of motivation to care for others.

This weekend program of teaching and practice is open to all students, new and senior, of the Durham Shambhala Center. The teachings will be given by Acharya Richard John, a long-time friend of the Durham sangha. The weekend will include talks, meditation instruction and practice, and small group conversations with senior meditation instructors.

Beginning Friday evening, February 8 with a public talk, the program will continue on Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10.  

There are no prerequisites for this program.


About the Teacher

An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard is an acharya in the Shambhala lineage. For many years he has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, and Chile. After careers as a designer and a management consultant, he served as director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.