Shambhala Lineage, History, and Culture: Proclaiming Basic Goodness

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

September 7th (2013)

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  • $50 Program Price
Room: Main Shrine Room

A day-long leadership training in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. This workshop is part of a series that provides skills and trainings in support of the path of contemplative leadership. 

How we lead our lives in households and in families, at work and at play, publicly and privately, affects the health of an entire society. Join with leaders in Shambhala to explore our mutual commitment to creating a more sane society through principles of universal leadership.

The Series

Shambhala Lineage, History, and Culture: Proclaiming Basic Goodness
Human society is a constant expression and manifestation of deep values and principles, including how we interact, run our homes and create our economy. Ultimately the Shambhala lineage, it’s history and culture is an expression of humanity's most fundamental nature as discovered through profound meditative tradition.

This workshop will explore the history and culture of the Shambhala lineage as an expression of profound principles, beginning with Dawa Sangpo, the legendary first King of Shambhala and culminating in the current Sakyong of Shambhala. We will examine the chants, rituals and practices that form our tradition.


10 AM Shambhala Lineage History: From Dawa Sangpo to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Teachings and Workshop
12:30 PM Lunch
2 PM Shambhala Forms: Expressions of Basic Goodness Teachings and Workshop
4 PM Closing Chants and Reception 

Everyone is qualified to take leadership training, and it is not necessary to take these trainings in sequence.

This program is free to Shambhala Interns and Teachers.
Membership discounts apply. For financial aid or work-study please contact Mery, volunteer [at] sfshambhala [dot] org, at least a week in advance. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Acharya Alan Schwartz became a student of Shambhala in 1970, when Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche first arrived and began to teach in North America. For four years he resided at Karme Choling and Maitri, both newly-founded meditation communities, until taking up residence in Boulder, where he founded numerous businesses.

In the 1980's, Alan served for five years as the principal executive officer of four 3-month seminary programs. It was during this period that he received his "basic training", working closely with Chogyam Trungpa on these seminal teaching events. During that time he was also appointed to serve as teacher-in-residence to Shambhala's San Francisco community, which he did for nine years. In 2010 he was appointed a Shastri, and appointed an Acharya in 2012. In 1989 Alan married Kerry Golemon Schwartz. They have raised two children, and continue to teach actively in the Bay Area under the guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Alan is particularly inspired to serve under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's leadership and is inspired by his vision for social transformation, and in particular the application of profound Shambhala Buddhist teachings in areas of worldly impact, such as working with the energy of business and wealth, and transforming materialism to activity which benefits society.





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