Chariot of Mahamudra - Indefinitely Postponed

with Acharya Richard John

April 17th—April 19th

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  • $150.00 Program Price
  • $200.00 Patron Price
Room: Main Shrine Room

Due to public health restrictions surrounding the Coronavirus, this program is postponed, new dates TBD.


This weekend retreat is open to practitioners at all levels—newer students and tantrikas—who wish to deepen their meditation practice. Mahamudra, the "great symbol," is among the most profound traditions of vajrayana Buddhism, but it is also extremely simple and direct.

We will deepen the practices of shamatha and vipashyana meditation to look at the mind and sense perceptions, with emphasis on direct personal experience. Acharya John will give an overview talk on Friday evening--open to everyone--and lead the program all day Saturday and Sunday with commentaries and instruction. We will maintain silence during the day, with open discussion each afternoon.

Participants should begin at the beginning and commit to the full weekend if possible. The prerequisite for the retreat is Shambhala Training Level One, but any practitioner may attend with the recommendation of a senior Meditation Instructor.


Acharya Richard John             Acharya Richard John

An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada, Chile, New Zealand and Mexico, and is a longtime friend of the Durham Shambhala Center. Richard completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and he now teaches full time.


Heart Gifts

It is customary to offer a monetary Heart Gift to the teacher. Acharyas receive no salary or benefits, and depend upon this income in order to teach for a living. This is completely voluntary according to your inspiration, and there is no suggested amount--any amount is appreciated.