Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary with Acharyas Christie Cashman and Gaylon Ferguson under the direction of Kongma Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Acharya Gaylon Ferguson and Acharya Christie Cashman
June 27–July 18, 2010
The Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary introduces the student into the vajrayana teachings and practices of our Shambhala and Buddhist lineages. During this program, students will receive authorization and training in the Shambhala ngöndro practices under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s personal guidance. Students must apply and be accepted to this program prior to registration with Shambhala Mountain Center. Please note that the Sakyong will leave his one year retreat to offer transmission and enter students into the Vajrayana, but will not teach the entire seminary. To apply, please go to: www.shambhala.org/programs/VS/.
In applying for Vajrayana Seminary, you are requesting to be accepted as a Vajrayana student of the Kongma Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche and committing to follow his practice instructions. Thus, attendance at this program requires a personal connection and commitment to the Sakyong; the teachings of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche; and the Shambhala Buddhist mandala.
Sakyong Jamgon 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.
Acharya Christie Cashman entered the Shambhala Buddhist teachings in 1971, dedicating herself to intensive study and practice, and eventually teaching a full range of courses, from introductory meditation intensives at Naropa University to Vajrayana sadhana classes and Shambhala Training levels. For many years she taught at the three-month Vajradhatu Seminary and worked closely with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on curriculum design and implementation. Christie moved to Nova Scotia in 1987, and in subsequent years taught at several Warrior and Kalapa Assemblies. From 1999 to 2003 she served as international executive director of Shambhala Training, and today she continues to engage in Shambhala and Buddhist curriculum development and the training of teachers. Christie and her husband live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Acharya Gaylon Ferguson has taught at several Vajrayana Seminary programs with both the current Sakyong and the Druk Sakyong, and has led Sutrayana Seminaries and numerous dathuns. Gaylon served in many capacities while living at Karme Choling including Executive Co-director. In 1994, he was a Fulbright Fellow to Nigeria and completed a doctoral degree in cultural anthropology at Stanford University two years later. After several years teaching at the University of Washington, Gaylon returned to Karme Choling as teacher-in-residence. Currently he is a member of the core faculty in Interdisciplinary Studies at Naropa University. His article, “Making Friends with Ourselves” (from the collection Dharma, Color, and Culture) was selected for inclusion in The Best Buddhist writing: 2005. In 2009 Gaylon’s first book was published, Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With.
The application process for Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary is managed by Shambhala International. For information and an application, please visit the Shambhala Vajrayana Seminary web site.
PLEASE NOTE: You are not fully registered for this program until your application has been approved by Shambhala International and you have registered with Shambhala Mountain Center.
Prices include the program materials fee of $205.
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 Seminary program you need to register for shared tent accommodations. Signing up on the upgrade wait list does not constitute registration.
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.
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 Christie Cashman first studied the dharma with Suzuki Roshi at age 18, while attending at Cal Berkeley. Then, in 1971 she entered the Shambhala Buddhist path, dedicating herself to intensive study and meditation retreats while teaching a range of courses from meditation intensives at Naropa University to Vajrayana sadhana classes. She was employed within the Shambhala administration for 17 years while working closely with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on curriculum design and implementation. From 1999 to 2003 she served as International Executive Director of Shambhala Training. Today she is a chaperone to the Sakyong’s central text on Vajrayana practice of visualization, which enriches and eases the journey of students walking the sacred path of pure appearance. As a Werma Acharya, Christie assists the Sakyong in teaching Scorpion Seal Assemblies. Christie and her husband live in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Financial aid is available for this program.