ONLINE • Werma Assembly
Diana Mukpo, Agness Au, Gaylon Ferguson and Loden Nyima
July 25–30, 2021
- $325.00 – Program Price
- $225.00 – Generosity Policy - Subsidized Rate
- $425.00 – Generosity Policy - Supporter Rate
This assembly is an opportunity to enter further or refresh a connection to the Shambhala terma and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s teaching streams. Focused on the Werma Sadhana, this will be a reunion of warriors to celebrate together, find healing in community, and deepen our practice in a retreat setting. Participants will receive the lung (reading transmission) and instructions for the Werma Sadhana. It is open to those who have already received the Werma Sadhana and to those who have fulfilled preliminary requirements and wish to receive the lung and associated transmissions. See below for more information about online participation and the application process for first-time recipients of the Werma Sadhana. Please note: Full participation is required for all attendees.
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We well understand that regardless of what public health precautions are recommended and taken for the pandemic by the time of this program, there is a spectrum of vulnerability, risk, and personal choice for what will feel wise for each individual. If you wish to participate online from home for any reason we warmly encourage you to do so. Out of deep caution and respect for the safety of all participants, very much invite you to choose this option if that is best. Please know you will be supported in so doing.
About the Werma Sadhana
In the Shambhala teachings, the Werma Sadhana is the practice that introduces and connects us to the essence and magic of drala, in ways both profound and in daily life. “The word “sadhana” means a “method of accomplishment.” In the case of The Roar of the Werma: The Sadhana of the Warrior, it is a means of accomplishing the warriorship and enlightened society so deeply called for in today’s intensely challenged world as we yearn to manifest true to the sacred nature of ourselves, each other, and the environment. This is fitting as termas or “hidden treasures” arise in compassionate response to the circumstances of the times. The Werma Sadhana is drawn from the terma text The Scorpion Seal of the Golden Sun: The Full Text which was received by the Dorje Dradül of Mukpo in the spring of 1980 in Lake Louise, Alberta, and subsequently composed in October of the same year while on retreat in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán.
Like many sadhanas, it involves elements such as visualization and invocation of deities, offerings, praises, mantra recitation, dedication and aspiration. The Werma Sadhana does so as the embodiment of core Shambhala principles of basic goodness, lungta, drala, warriorship, and enlightened society. Many elements will be familiar from Warrior Assembly and further empowered and manifested in this practice. The reading transmission for this sadhana will be offered this summer by the Druk Sakyong Wangmo, Lady Diana Mukpo, who along with others was directly empowered to do so by the Dorje Dradül. More information on the early history of the Werma Sadhana and its practice can be found here.
Lady Diana Mukpo, the wife of Vidyadhara the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, was born Diana Judith Pybus in 1953 in England. She first saw Chogyam Trungpa at a Free Tibet rally in London. Within a year, she and the Vidyadhara met and fell in love. They were married on January 3, 1970. A few months later, they left England for North America. They had been married seventeen years when the Vidyadhara died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1987. Lady Diana has had a lifelong passion for horsemanship. She is among a handful of women who ever trained in dressage at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Today, she continues to train and compete dressage horses at the international level and to teach the discipline of dressage to many students. In addition to pursuing her own career and raising their five children, Lady Diana often accompanied the Vidyadhara when he travelled and taught with him at some seminars and retreats. Lady Diana is the author of Dragon Thunder: My Life with Chogyam Trungpa. Since Rinpoche’s death, Lady Diana has taught throughout the Shambhala mandala, presenting both her personal experiences with the Vidyadhara as well as sharing her knowledge of the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings.
In 1975, Agness Au became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the renowned and brilliant meditation master and Tibetan Buddhist teacher. As an artist and designer, she was initially moved by his interest in the arts and the Buddhist science of perception, but gradually began to see how perceiving and the artistic journey were deeply intertwined with meditation and post meditation practices. In 1985, Rinpoche bestowed upon her the title of Sangyum, empowering her as a holder of the feminine lineage.
A senior Shambhala Buddhist teacher and Warrior Assembly director, Agness teaches internationally on “The Inseparable Union of the Feminine and Masculine Principles,” the Drala principle and Enriching Presence. She is a long-time teacher in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana and a devoted student of improvisational movement, voice and performance.
In New York City, Agness had a 25-year career as a fashion director and business owner, and for the past 10 years, has served as the creative director for The Synergy Company, now in Boulder. She is happily married and the loving mother of two young men. Agness is a Shambhala ‘everyday shaman,’ truly committed to the vision and possibility of a wakeful, sane and kind society, a sustainable living earth and the vital importance of community building.
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.