April Community Practice Day: Karma, Social Transformation, and Magic
with Ashe Acharya John Rockwell
Everything we do has many causes and many effects. So much happens that we are confused by the mixed results that we reap, and we wonder what our true intentions are. We try to help someone, and the situation gets worse. We fall in love, and then run away. We engage in social action, and come away feeling frustrated and helpless. How do we know what to do, what not to do?
There’s no way to avoid choices. Even nonaction has results. The connection between an action and its result is always accurate, though very subtle to understand. In this day of practice and contemplation, we will explore the workings of karma in its journey from personal inspiration to social transformation and how we can connect to the magic of this earth.
We will enjoy a catered lunch and conclude our day with envisioning what activities our community could undertake and with a group planting of magical seeds as an aspiration for creating enlightened society.
Ashe Acharya John Rockwell has been a student of Buddhism and the Shambhala teachings since 1975. Former professor of Buddhist Studies at Naropa University, co-director of Karmê Chöling and director of Shambhala International, he was named Ashe Acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 1996. He headed the Shambhala Office of Practice and Education in 2001, and teaches worldwide.
10:00 Morning Chants and Meditation
12:00 Visioning Groups
12:30 Catered Lunch (potluck dishes welcome)
2:00 Seed Planting Field Trip
4:00 Tea Reception
Suggested donation $10