Summer Werma Retreat with Individual Talks by Acharyas

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Acharya Allyn Lyon, Acharya Arawana Hayashi, Acharya Gaylon Ferguson and Acharya Dale Asrael

July 2–9, 2009

Tuition $165 + 7 nights

The Werma Sadhana is key for understanding and manifesting the vision of the Kingdom of Shambhala. When we see the world with the eyes and heart of the Rigden, we can tune into the kingdom of awareness on the spot. The fruition of the magical practice of the Werma Sadhana reveals itself in our ordinary lives. When we see the world with the eyes and heart of the Rigden, a new life unfolds—a life filled with natural wonder, joy, caring, exertion, and contentment.

The focus of this retreat will be on intensive practice and study of The Roar of the Werma sadhana. The program will not have one teacher leading us throughout the entire retreat. Instead, several Acharyas will separately visit the retreat at different times to give talks on various aspects of the view and practice. The retreat will be an excellent preparatory program for those interested in attending the Scorpion Seal Assembly in the future.

This retreat, originally scheduled for two weeks, has been shortened to one week. Register to attend the the retreat by clicking on the red box below.

Prerequisite: Open to participants who have previously received the The Roar of the Werma sadhana practice.

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is professor of religious studies at Naropa University, and Dean of the Shambhala Teachers’ Academy.  She has been an acharya, senior dharma teacher, since 2000, and is author of Dakini’s Warm Breath:  The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation in the Classroom.  She and Richard have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is professor of religious studies at Naropa University, and Dean of the Shambhala Teachers’ Academy.  She has been an acharya, senior dharma teacher, since 2000, and is author of Dakini’s Warm Breath:  The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation in the Classroom.  She and Richard have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Acharya Allyn Lyon

Acharya Allyn Lyon is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She has served as director of Shambhala Mountain Center and has taught at Vajradhatu Seminary. Allyn has traveled and taught extensively in Europe, the U.S. and Mexico, as well as at Naropa University. She currently serves as resident Acharya at Shambhala Mountain Center and in  Los Angeles, California. Allyn is known for the clarity and directness of her teaching and for her irreverent sense of humor.

Acharya Arawana Hayashi

Acharya Arawana Hayashi is a dancer, choreographer and senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. Chair of the Shambhala Arts Council and faculty member of the Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership, she also offers Presence workshops nationwide with Otto Scharmer, who is the coauthor with Peter Senge of Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations and Society.

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, is Core Faculty at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He received a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Stanford where he was a Fulbright Fellow to Nigeria. He is the author of two books: Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening  (2016), Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With. He has led group retreats in mindfulness-awareness meditation for 40 years. He is an Acharya (senior teacher) in the Shambhala lineage of compassionate bravery as taught by Tibetan Buddhist social visionaries Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. His essay “Buddhism and The Politics of Race” appeared in the collection Mindful Politics. His article “Making Friends with Ourselves,” from Dharma, Color, and Culture was selected for inclusion in the series The Best Buddhist Writing.

Acharya Dale Asrael

Acharya Dale Asrael leads retreats and meditation programs internationally.  She was appointed Dean of Meditation Instructors for Shambhala International by Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche.  Dale studies qigong with, and has been authorized to teach by, Daoist lineage-holder Eva Wong.  Dale is an Associate Professor at Naropa University, in the Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Master of Divinity programs. She is the founder and teacher of Naropa’s Mindfulness Instructor Training program.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.