Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse and Drala
Stephen Vosper and Melissa Robinson
March 19–24, 2013
Great Eastern Sun
In this program, we learn how to see the primordial energy and brilliance that is the basis of all that exists – the Great Eastern Sun. This retreat marks the beginning of the Sacred Path, which introduces further practices of warriorship. Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level V, Rigden Weekend, the Way of Shambhala class series. Recommended: Basic Goodness class series.
In Windhorse one receives the root text that gives the instruction for “raising Windhorse,” a practice which opens the heart and refreshes one’s confidence. One learns through this practice to bring about skillful and heartfelt social engagement, enabling one to go forward in the midst of whatever challenges occur. Prerequisite: Great Eastern Sun
Register for Great Eastern Sun and Windhorse only:
$175 + 3 nights
Through exploring the depths of perception, one engages the elemental and magical strength inherent in the world. The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists when we step beyond aggression. Prerequisite: Windhorse.
Register for Drala only: $175 + 2 nights
Note: Cost of materials is included in the tuition fee.
Stephen Vosper is a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has been practicing and studying the Shambhala and Buddhist paths for four decades, and has been teaching in those traditions for nearly 30 years. Mr. Vosper was the first Dean of the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies in Boulder, and a lead teacher on the pilot teaching team for the entire Way of Shambhala curriculum. He is also a Director for the complete Shambhala Training Heart of Warriorship and Sacred Path programs. Stephen is the chair of the Sakyong’s Advisory Panel on Shambhala Environments, and he has his own design firm, Fresh Space Studio in Boulder, Colorado where he lives with his wife Jane. Their daughter Marissa lives in New York City.
Melissa began practicing in New York City in the early 1970’s. She and her family moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1978 and she has been teaching in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions since the 1980s. She and her husband retired to Northern Colorado in 2012 after sixteen years as the Resident Directors of Dorje Khyung Dzong Retreat Center.
Financial aid is available for this program.