Dog Blessing at The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya

Acharya Melissa Moore and Shastri Loden Nyima

June 30, 2019

Suggested donation – $250.00

This is a fundraising event to support Shambhala Mountain Center.

For this one day, Shambhala Mountain Center will open its land and heart to dogs and their beloved owners to circumambulate the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya. As part of the ceremony, our resident monastic Shastri Loden Nyima will conduct a short traditional blessing practice and offer your dog a treat specially prepared for the occasion. It is known that animals who have circumambulated Stupas accumulate merit which is a support for their eventual path to enlightenment in later births.

Come and enjoy a picnic on the land in the encampment grounds and a day of dog filled family fun. A picnic lunch with be provided by Shambhala Mountain Center. Light refreshments will be available for sale. Dogs must be on leashes and trained, and you are asked to clean up after your dog.

This event is sponsored as a fundraiser for Shambhala Mountain Center, and all dogs are welcome on the land for this event. Please consider making an offering befitting to your ability. For safety, overnight lodging on the land is not permitted for dogs.

  • Event Time: 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM (MT)
  • Dog Blessings take place at 11am and 2pm
  • Picnic Lunch served from 12 – 1:30pm
  • Suggested Offering:
    $250.00 per family
    We welcome you and your dogs to participate in this event at any amount you are able to offer.

Acharya Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore, PhD.,  has been a Shambhalian since 1979.  She received her Master’s degree from Naropa and a PhD in Psychological Anthropology from California Institute of Integral Studies. She became an Acharya (most senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition) in 2012. She co-founded, and is a head teacher in, The Karuna Training, a two-year professional training program in contemplative Psychology now offered in 7 Countries. Dr. Moore has worked in community behavioral health for several years and was the founding director of The Felton Institute, a mental health research and training Institute in San Francisco from 2005 – 2016.

Shastri Loden Nyima

Shastri Loden Nyima is a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He lived at Gampo Abbey from 2009 – 2017 where he completed shedra studies, practiced intensively, and served in various roles including as Shastri. He now lives and teaches at Shambhala Mountain Center, and spends a portion of each year in retreat.

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