The Sacred World of Kyerim: A Scorpion Seal and Werma Program
Acharya Christie Cashman
April 10–16, 2014
In 2010, after the Sacred World Assembly, the Sakyong wrote an extraordinarily beautiful text to deepen and ease the journey of his students involved in vajrayana kyerim — generation stage — practices. Until now, the text has been available only to Scorpion Seal practitioners, but with this course, the text will also be offered to Werma Sadhana practitioners who have attended a Rigden abhisheka.
As so many of us have discovered, generation stage practices are at the heart of the vajrayana path, and yet they can be challenging and, at times, even disheartening. The course addresses these challenges and guides students from the first stages of the natural and healing capacity to imagine into the sacred world of pure vision.
The program will include a lung for the kyerim text, daily talks, personal interviews, and evening classes for each year of Scorpion Seal. The course itself is a study of the Werma Sadhana, preparing Werma practitioners for the Scorpion Seal path.
To honor the text, Werma practitioners are asked to attend the entire program. Scorpion Seal practitioners, who have already received the lung, may come to the program as their schedules permit.
Prerequisites: Vajrayana Seminary (Sacred World Assembly) and Rigden Abhisheka
Acharya Christie Cashman entered the Shambhala Buddhist teachings in 1971, dedicating herself to intensive study and practice, and eventually teaching a full range of courses, from introductory meditation intensives at Naropa University to Vajrayana sadhana classes and Shambhala Training levels. For many years she worked closely with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on curriculum design and implementation. From 1999 to 2003 she served as international executive director of Shambhala Training, and today she continues to engage in Shambhala and Buddhist curriculum development and the training of teachers. Christie and her husband live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Financial aid is available for this program.