Rigden: Unconditional Confidence

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

May 25th—May 27th (2018)

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  • $275 Full Price
  • $310 Sponsor
  • $158 Subsidized
  • ($50.00 Material Fee included in each price.)
Room: Main Shrine Room

Rigden: Unconditional Confidence is a weekend led by an Acharya in the Shambhala tradition, introducing further principles of warriorship. This is the point on the path when one takes the Shambhala Vow, which is offered at the conclusion of the weekend. The Rigden represents our inherent enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional bravery. Historically, Rigdens were enlightened rulers: those who could rule their world based on their unwavering experience of basic goodness.

Prerequisites: Shambhala Training Weekends I-V and the five "Everyday Life" courses (Meditation, Contentment, Joy, Fearlessness, and Wisdom).

Taking the  Shambhala Vow of basic goodness is a powerful moment in transforming one's life. Upon taking this warrior vow, you receive a Shambhala name and are considered a citizen of Shambhala. As a warrior, you commit to perpetually foster your basic goodness.

If you would like to contemplate and discuss the Shambhala Vow before the Rigden weekend, you are welcome to come to an open session with Shastri Cal Aston and Shastri Angelika Behrooz on Sunday, May 20 from 1:30–4pm. Please click here for more information about this free session. It is fine to attend the weekend and not take the vow. If you have a meditation instructor, this would be a good time to meet with them and discuss any questions or feelings that may naturally arise.

With the great problems now facing human society, the Rigden weekend emphasizes connecting with one's innate goodness to manifest genuine confidence and bravery when engaging in the challenges in one's life and in the world.

Note: There is a $50 material fee for the weekend.