Scorpion Seal Assembly: Year One with The Kongma Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
July 18–30, 2010
The Kongma Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche will direct this Scorpion Seal Assembly for up to 350 qualified first-time participants at Shambhala Mountain Center July 18 to 30. At this time only first-time participants are eligible to attend this retreat. Participants in any of the four Scorpion Seal Assemblies held in 2009 are warmly invited to attend the June 28 to July 11 Scorpion Seal retreat for returning practitioners.
The Scorpion Seal Assembly involves intensive practice of the Werma Sadhana. It is modeled after the traditional drupchen (great accumulation) that is performed in many Buddhist traditions as a way of accomplishing sadhana practice. The retreat environment offers an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of this profound sadhana and receive the innermost teachings of the Shambhala terma, The Scorpion Seal of the Golden Sun, the heart essence of the Druk Sakyong, the Dorje Dradul of Mukpo.
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 the Scorpion Seal Assembly for first-time participants, you must apply for and be accepted into the program. Program prerequisites and instructions for applying for entry into the program can be found at www.shambhala.org/programs/SA/.
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.
Wait List for Upgrade Accommodations
At this time only shared tent accommodations are available for this retreat. If you wish to sign up on the wait list for upgraded accommodations click here. Note if you wish to assure yourself a place in the retreat you need to register for shared tent accommodations. Signing up on the upgrade wait list does not constitute registration.
If you signed up on the wait list for upgrade accommodations prior to the retreat being limited to first year participants your place on the wait list will be honored. We will contact you as upgrades become available.
Payment and Cancellation Policy
One half of the total cost of the retreat is due at the time of registration. The balance is due on June 18 (30 days prior to arrival). The cancellation policy for this retreat differs from our standard policy. If you cancel at least 30 days prior to the arrival date your deposit will be refunded in full less a $50 processing fee. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to arrival you will forfeit all amounts paid. If you need to cancel please do so no later than June 18.
The Scorpion Seal practice and transmissions take place within a strict retreat container, including four practice sessions each day (from 7am until 9 or 10 pm), and silence for most of the retreat. This is quite a difficult arrangement for families, particularly with younger children. As such, childcare will not be provided on-site for the 2010 assemblies.
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.