Mahasangha Gathering and Werma Assembly

Diana Mukpo

July 22–31, 2021

Diana Mukpo leads the MahaSangha Gathering with special guests Pema Chödron and Shanté Paradigm Smalls. Werma faculty include Agness Au, Gaylon Ferguson and Loden Nyima.

Tuition will vary per program.

Mahasangha Gathering, July 22-25

Join us for a gathering on the land at Shambhala Mountain Center to practice, to dialogue, to vision, and to celebrate SMC’s 50th anniversary. The program will be modular with opportunities to engage in a practice track of your choice and attend dharma talks and workshops, contemplative arts and movement, and facilitated dialogues related to the past, present, and future of our community in the broadest sense. The program will also include downtime and opportunities for socializing, enjoying the natural beauty of Shambhala Mountain Center, and networking between and among practitioners. All are welcome who feel connected to the Shambhala teachings and legacy of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, regardless of teacher, practice stream, or inspiration. 

Note: We will be socially distanced and modular in order to create a safe container in line with CDC and state COVID protocols. Vaccine for all participants is strongly encouraged. COVID policy will be included in registration.

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Werma Assembly

Shambhala Mountain Center, July 25-31
Faculty:  Agness Au, Gaylon Ferguson, Loden Nyima  

This is an open invitation to join Werma Assembly at Shambhala Mountain Center this summer. Focused on the Werma Sadhana, these assemblies are an opportunity to enter further or refresh a connection to the Shambhala terma and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s teaching streams. This will be a reunion of warriors to celebrate together, find healing in community, deepen our practice, and receive instruction on the Werma Sadhana in a retreat setting. 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 Werma Sadhana and transmissions. More information is below about online participation and the application process for first time recipients of the Werma Sadhana.  Please note: full participation either in-person or online is required. 

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.



Werma Assembly ONLINE

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. 



Prerequisite for Werma Assembly

For First-Time Recipients of the Werma Sadhana

The preliminaries for receiving the Werma Sadhana at this program are Shambhala Training up through and including Warrior Assembly. However, we realize these are unusually difficult times and many practitioners may not have had access to these teachings over the past years, or may have needed to pause, reflect, or wait to see options for how the Shambhala path would continue before making decisions. If you are inspired to receive the Werma Sadhana at this summer’s program and have not completed through Warrior Assembly, but have a strong connection to the Shambhala teachings and the support of a local teacher, we warmly encourage you to apply and include an additional letter from such a local teacher outlining how you will be supported in your practice of the Shambhala teachings.

The application for first-time recipients of the Werma Sadhana is May 31st for those wishing to attend the Werma Assembly at Shambhala Mountain Center. The application has closed. 

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.