The Joyful Snow Lion: Generosity

with Acharya Martin Janowitz

May 5th

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    Price:
  • $15 Program Price
  • $20 Patron Price
  • $10 Other Price
Room: Main Shrine Room

Please Register!
SF Shambhala is pleased to join with Shambhala Online to offer a series of Buddhist Mahayana teachings taught by the Shambhala acharyas. (An acharya is a senior teacher in the Shambhala community.) Each teaching will take place at the SF Shambhala Center and replace our regularly-scheduled Sunday Morning Sit. We will connect online, along with the global community, to participate in these live-streamed events.

The Joyful Snow Lion: The Paramitas  
This series of classes includes an exploration of bodhicitta and how we put our aspiration into action with the practice of the Paramitas. In Buddhism, bodhicitta, or "enlightenment-mind", is the striving towards awakening, empathy, and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Paramita is a Sanskrit word that can be literally translated as “arrive on the other side or shore”. By practicing the paramitas we work towards overcoming our negative destructive emotions, transcending suffering, and seeing the true nature of things. Practicing the paramitas helps us to be of benefit to the world.

Each class will include a live discussion led by one of the Acharyas as well as suggesting readings and books to deepen our understanding of these teachings. You will also be given contemplation exercises to help you integrate these fundamental teachings into your daily life.

Acharya Martin JanowitzAcharya Martin Janowitz became a student of the Druk Sakyong in 1970. He taught a wide array of programs; co-designed the first teacher training course; and was among a pilot group of Shambhala Training Directors. He travelled widely with the Druk Sakyong for many years ultimately being named Kusung Dapon — senior Kusung (Court Protector) also responsible for the personal guardian attendants of the Mukpo family, the Vajra Regent and family, and the Kalapa Court. Marty was a Member of Council of the Makyi Rapjam, Board of Directors under both Sakyongs, and the the Druk Sakyong’s Privy Council (personal advisors). In 1997 Marty was appointed Warrior General of Shambhala by the Sakyong (1997-2010) — responsible for leadership of Council of Warriors, Warriors of Centres and Kalapa Lodges worldwide. He is a member of Shambhala’s Touching the Earth Working Group and developed Spirituality and Sustainability dharma programs.

Marty was the founding Treasurer of Ashoka Credit Union; founding Executive Director of Naropa Institute (now University); founding member of Naropa Board of Trustees and Chair of Board 2000-2012. He was Director Nova Scotia Environmental Network; Executive Director Clean Nova Scotia Foundation; President Nova Scotia Nature Trust; President Genuine Progress Index Atlantic; Member of Nova Scotia Round Table in Environment and Economy; Chair Nova Scotia Panel on Waste Management; Nova Scotia Environment Act Review Panel and has worked on numerous environmental sustainability and alternative energy development initiatives.

Currently Marty is the Chair of the Nova Scotia Roundtable on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity; Chair of Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Institute — formerly Shambhala Institute; and Vice President and Practice Leader Sustainable Development — Stantec Consulting — focusing on community sustainability, climate change adaptation, corporate social responsibility, sustainable infrastructure and strategic sustainability performance. He is a member of the Halifax Strategic Urban Partnership Core Leadership Group; Envision Nova Scotia Steering Committee; and Buddhist Climate Change Initiative.

 




A Year of Deepening in Compassion
This series is part of a full year of teachings that are divided into four seasonal themes, with a new course beginning every three months. Within each season, acharyas will be offering talks that relate to that topic with their own personal approach. There will be one online discussion group for each season.

Schedule for the live sessions and talks

The Joyful Snow Lion: Generosity
with Acharya Marty Janowitz
May 5
This will be preceded by a short recorded intro talk with Acharya Chapman.

The Joyful Snow Lion: Discipline
with Acharya Susan Chapman
May 19

The Joyful Snow Lion: Patience
with Acharya Suzann Duquette
June 2

The Joyful Snow Lion: Exertion
with Acharya Moh Hardin
June 16

The Joyful Snow Lion: Live Group Discussion
led by the Acharyas
June 30

Samadhi and Course Conclusion
led by Acharya John Rockwell
Sunday, July 14th from 10 AM to 12 Noon

Schedule
9:30 AM Doors open for Registration
10 AM Online presentation
12 Noon Community socializing and tea

Cost
*Sliding Scale $10 to $15
Nobody turned away for lack of funds
*Paying the higher amount will help subsidize those who are not able to make a financial contribution.

Registration
Preregistration and online payment is strongly encouraged.

 

 

 

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We appreciate you registering and paying online. This helps us not only to plan for the program, but speeds up the registration line on the day of the program.

Generosity Policy
The San Francisco Shambhala Center is funded solely by your membership and program donations. Thank you for your generosity as you consider what you can pay for each program at our Center. We strive to price our programs in a way that accurately reflects the financial need of our Center and the cost to us of producing the program.

We are committed to offering our programs to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. If you are unable to meet any of our listed pricing tiers please contact us to discuss your current needs. In addition to offering scholarship pricing for those in need, we also offer the option of paying for some programs in installments.

In order to request use of the Generosity Policy, please contact the person listing under the program’s contact information, or email: info [at] sfshambhala [dot] org, at least one week prior to the program you wish to attend.

What is the Patron Price?
The other aspect of our Generosity Policy is our Patron Price. Those who are able to offer more than the regular program price can select the Patron Price option.  By selecting this option, your generosity is helping to cover the costs of those who may not be able to pay the full price of the program. Thank you for your consideration, and for helping all to receive the treasure of the Shambhala Dharma.

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