Carlos Castaneda’s Tensegrity: The Rise of the Plumed Serpent with Miles Reid, Aerin Alexander & Special Guest Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

July 31–August 3, 2008

Tuition $375 + 3 nights

“If you enter a state of non-ordinary reality, it is only to draw from it what you need in order to see the miraculous character of ordinary reality. For me the way to live—the path with heart—is presence in the world.” — Carlos Castaneda

In this workshop, we will experience the art of Tensegrity—the modern expression of the shamanistic movements called magical passes and the path of the warrior-traveler that Yaqui shaman don Juan Matus taught his four students.

For the shamans of don Juan’s lineage, which originates in ancient Mexico, the mythical figure of the plumed serpent represents a state of full presence—earth and sky embodied joyfully together in the heart of man—the interplay of the self and its energetic twin, which they called the dreaming body.

Together we will practice the Plumed Serpent form and self-examination exercises, which invite the integration of the diverse community that we are—as individuals and as social beings. This collaborative program will also feature meditation instruction by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage.

For more information about Tensegrity, please click here. To listen to an excerpt of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s talk at the 2007 Tensegrity program at Shambhala Mountain, click here and scroll down to just above Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s bio on that page.

Miles Reid is a medical doctor from Argentina, National Diplomat of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, and director of Tilo Medical and Acupuncture clinic in Los Angeles, California.

Aerin Alexander holds a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and is a Licensed Feldenkrais Practitioner. She has been teaching physical movements in Argentina and the United States since 1985.

Miles and Aerin have been training in the shamanistic traditions of ancient Mexico under the tutelage of the four students of don Juan—Carlos Castaneda, Carol Tiggs, Florinda Donner-Grau and Taisha Abelar—since 1995.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is also the dharma heir and son of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain’s founder. He is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the best-selling books Turning the Mind into an Ally and Ruling Your World. Rinpoche’s background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received his spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas.

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 31

6:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner
8:00pm – 9:00pm Orientation and Introduction to Tensegrity

Friday, August 1

6:45am – 7:30am Morning Tibetan Meditation (guided by local instructor)
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
9:30am – 12:30pm Tensegrity Session
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
2:00pm – 3:00pm Silent Walk to The Great Stupa
3:30pm – 6:30pm Tensegrity Session
6:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner
8:00pm – 9:30pm Evening Session Guided by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Saturday, August 2

6:45am – 7:30am Morning Tibetan Meditation (guided by local instructor)
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
Morning Schedule Open
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
2:00pm – 6:00pm Tensegrity Session
6:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner
8:00pm – 9:30pm Evening Tensegrity Session

Sunday, August 3

6:45am – 7:30am Morning Tibetan Meditation (guided by local instructor)
7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
9:30am – 12:30pm Tensegrity Session
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch

Note: Private indoor accommodations at Shambhala Mountain Center are full. Platform tent accommodations are still available. You may also stay in accommodations in the vicinity of the Center and commute to the program each day for program activities and meals. The cost to attend the program if you are staying offland is $495. If you would like to register as an offland participant or if you would like a list of indoor accommodations located near Shambhala Mountain please call us at 888-STUPA-21.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is the dharma heir and son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain Center’s founder. Sakyong Mipham is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally, as well as Ruling Your World ,  Running with the Mind of Meditation and The Shambhala Principle. His background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received his spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas. In addition to Shambhala, the Sakyong also holds the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. An avid poet, artist and athlete, he travels extensively teaching throughout the world.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is the dharma heir and son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain Center’s founder. Sakyong Mipham is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally, as well as Ruling Your World ,  Running with the Mind of Meditation and The Shambhala Principle. His background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received his spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas. In addition to Shambhala, the Sakyong also holds the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. An avid poet, artist and athlete, he travels extensively teaching throughout the world.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is the dharma heir and son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain Center’s founder. Sakyong Mipham is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally, as well as Ruling Your World ,  Running with the Mind of Meditation and The Shambhala Principle. His background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received his spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas. In addition to Shambhala, the Sakyong also holds the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. An avid poet, artist and athlete, he travels extensively teaching throughout the world.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.