Four Dignities

Shastri Chuck Whetsell

May 14–20, 2013

Tuition $450 + 6 nights

“The four dignities” are introduced as a path and a process, which describe a warrior’s maturing and widening sphere of benevolent engagement in the world. The training in the dignities allows one to maintain awareness and delight at each stage.

Meek is a study of the grounded, humble and gentle beginning stages of a warrior’s journey. Here one trains to overcome arrogance—the primary obstacle to learning. 
Prerequisite: Drala

Register for Meek only: $175 + 2 nights

Perky is the second of the four dignities and focuses on cultivating sharp, vibrant and uplifted energy through natural discipline. Overcoming the trap of doubt, the warrior of perky is able to accomplish his or her activities with a sense of nobility and ease. Prerequisite: Meek

Register for Perky only: $175 + 2 nights

Outrageous and Inscrutable
 are the third and fourth dignities, which emphasize fruition of the extraordinary skill of a practiced warrior. 
No longer afraid of making mistakes, the unconventional and visionary perspective of the outrageous warrior combines with the skill of spontaneous inscrutability to create benefit for others on a large scale. Prerequisite: Meek and Perky

Register for Outrageous and Inscrutable only: $175 + 2 nights


Shastri Chuck Whetsell

Shastri Chuck Whetsell has been a student of the Shambhala lineage since 1975. He received his MA in Buddhist and Western psychology from Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) in 1979, and later obtained his PhD in psychology from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Whetsell has a private practice in Birmingham, Alabama. He also maintains a rolfing practice, having obtained his basic certification from the Rolf Institute in 1979. Shastri Whetsell completed the traditional three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey in 2010.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.