Limitless Ayatanas: Scorpion Seal and Werma Practice Intensive
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown
August 11–19, 2014
Discovering the Sacredness of Sense Perceptions through the Werma Sadhana
“In some religious traditions, sense perceptions are regarded as problematic, because they arouse worldly desires. However, in the Shambhala tradition, which is a secular tradition rather than a religious one, sense perceptions are regarded as sacred. They are regarded as basically good. They are a natural gift, a natural ability that human beings have. They are a source of wisdom.”
–Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, from Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior
One of the most provocative teachings in the Werma Sadhana is that our ayatanas, or sense gates, are limitless. This points to a difference from Buddhist teachings on sense perceptions, and highlights additional skillful means in our Shambhala practice. This program introduces the profundity of these teachings through Werma practice, talks, and guided sensory exercises drawn from the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. These practices widen our awareness of the ordinary magic of direct perception. In this Werma program, we will explore how we might bring these practices into our daily lives as householders with relationships and livelihoods. The vividly beautiful Shambhala Mountain Center is a perfect place for exploring these profound teachings.
Prerequisite: Werma Practitioner
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.
Financial aid is available for this program.