Scorpion Seal Assembly with The Kongma Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
July 2–16, 2009
Scorpion Seal Assembly provides the context in which to introduce the practice and view of The Scorpion Seal of the Golden Sun—the highest Shambhala teachings received by the Dorje Dradul of Mukpo as terma. Over a period of four or more years, participants will receive full instruction in the practice, as well as a structured course of study and transmission necessary to engage in the solitary Scorpion Seal retreat. Each year will correspond to the themes and practices of each of the respective four weeks of the solitary retreat. That is, year one will focus on the first week of the solitary retreat, year two will focus on the second week, etc. It is likely that this coming summer will include teachings on both the first and second week of the retreat.
This program will include intensive meditation practice as well as teachings from the text, The Scorpion Seal of the Golden Sun. Entering into this Assembly will mark the beginning of a path of daily practice and study. That is, between each year there will be opportunities to deepen the experience of the Scorpion Seal teachings and prepare to move into the next phase of the retreat.
The Sakyong would particularly like to invite senior vajrayana students who have a deep karmic connection with the Druk Sakyong and the Werma sadhana to begin this journey with him this year. Newer students who have practiced the Primordial Rigden ngöndro, received the Rigden Abhisheka and the Werma sadhana are also encouraged to attend.
The Kongma Sakyong, Jamgön 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.
Application and Acceptance
If you are interested in attending Scorpion Seal Assembly, you must apply for and be accepted into the program. Program prerequisites and instructions for applying for entry into the program are posted on the Scorpion Seal Assembly page of the Shambhala web site.
Acceptance alone does NOT guarantee your place in the program. You must also register with Shambhala Mountain Center. If you wish to secure your choice of housing you may register prior to receiving notice of acceptance from the Shambhala Office of Practice and Education. However, your registration will be considered incomplete until we receive notice of your acceptance. If you are not accepted into the program your deposit will be refunded in full.
The payment schedule for the program is as follows: 50% due upon registration with Shambhala Mountain, and 50% due on June 2, 2009.
Pricing and Registration
The Shambhala Office of Practice & Education, Shambhala Treasurer Connie Brock, and the land centers have had a number of conversations about the cost and pricing for the Scorpion Seal Assembly. These have been comprehensive discussions about the importance of this program, the large costs for putting it on (including setting up the environment, practice needs, high acharya to participant ratio, etc.), and the difficult economic climate which so many of us find ourselves in.
In order to balance these conflicting considerations we have collectively decided to offer two price options. The first option is the “full price” option, which is the price which best reflects the cost and importance of the program. Since a number of people will be not able to afford the full price in the current economic climate we are also offering the program at a “discounted price”. The discounted price is $280 less than the full price for each housing option. The discounted price option was previously the only option posted on this web page.
The discounted price is not meant to be the minimum price to be paid by every participant. If you are unable to afford the discounted rates please apply for scholarship assistance. In an exception to our standard scholarship policy, we are accepting scholarship applications from participants needing upgraded housing as well as from those registering for tent housing. Further, we have set aside some indoor housing for people working with physical hardships.
It is our hope that as many qualified practitioners as possible be able to attend this special program and we are prepared to work with people’s individual circumstances as best we can to make that happen.
To register for the Scorpion Seal Assembly click on one of the following registration options:
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.
Financial aid is available for this program.