Enlightened Society Assembly
Ashe Acharya John Rockwell and Margaret Drescher
July 6–21, 2013
Enlightened Society Assembly is a Shambhala mahayana program that emphasizes the intrinsic goodness of all beings and society, practices that rouse bodhichitta and compassionate openness, and confident activity that engages fully in the world. In particular, living up to its name, this Assembly will focus on how we can create enlightened society on the spot, at home, in our city and nation, and wherever we go.
Tuition for this program is $420. This does not include the materials fee. Please take this in to account when budgeting for your program (estimate fee is a minimum of $100).
In order to attend Enlightened Society Assembly you must apply and be accepted into the program. NEW THIS YEAR: Application and acceptance through Shambhala International is required before registration with Shambhala Mountain Center. Once you have received your acceptance letter, please register with SMC. Please click here to apply through Shambhala International.
If you applied and were accepted to the Enlightened Society Assembly in 2012 that was cancelled due to the High Park Fire, you must notify Maggie Colby via email firstname.lastname@example.org of your desire to transfer your application to the 2013 SMC Enlightened Society Assembly before registering with SMC.
Ashe Acharya John Rockwell first met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and entered the Buddhist and the Shambhala path. Over the many years of his journey, he taught Buddhist Studies at Naropa University, was co-director of Karme Choling, and was Director of Shambhala International. In 1996, he was named an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and in 2001 was appointed the Ashe Acharya, in charge of the Shambhala Office of Practice and Education. For seven years he was resident acharya at Karme Choling in Vermont. During this time, he studied Taoist qigong with Eva Wong who authorized him to teach. Due to a long-time passion for the forest and nature, he is engaged in a naturalist training course with the Wilderness Awareness School. He now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife and travels internationally to teach.
Margaret Drescher lives and works with her husband Jim, at Windhorse Farm in Nova Scotia, Canada. The Shambhala Principle is expressed there through “The Windhorse Way of caring for the land, hosting the community, and training leaders in meditative/contemplative/conversational practices. A long-time student of both Sakyongs, Margaret is trained as a landscape horticulturist and works in the fields of social innovation and women’s leadership in North America and abroad. As one of the “Group of 6” pioneers, she was instrumental in establishing the seat for the Druk Sakyong in Nova Scotia in 1979. She never looked back. She is a mother of 5 and grandmother of 5.
Financial aid is available for this program.