Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche at Karme Choling in May

LIFE AS CELEBRATION is the name of the retreat at Karme Choling in Barnet VT on May 15 – 17 with the Sakyong and Lodro Rinzler. The Sakyong will offer teachings on how to engage in all of our activity with an open heart. Lodro Rinzler will then discuss how to ground the view of basic goodness in all the nitty-gritty areas of our life, including our work, our relationships, and our social life.

Inspired by the Sakyong’s book, The Shambhala Principle, this gathering invites us to deepen our relationship to our own basic goodness through meditative insight and then take the practice off the cushion, viewing whatever we encounter as an opportunity to create enlightened society on the spot.

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the leader of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers. Shambhala is a tradition that emphasizes confidence in the enlightened nature of all beings, and teaches a courageous life, based on wisdom and compassion.

This retreat will offer us numerous occasions to mix meditative insights with social interaction, in order to strengthen our confidence in our innate wakefulness.

Youth Offer: For those who are under the age of 30 and cannot afford our regular rates, we are offering a Youth Special of $195. This price includes tuition, meals and shrineroom floor accommodations. To receive this special pricing, simply register by phone.

If you are able to pay the regular rates, thank you for helping Karme Choling meet its operational costs for and supporting financial assistance for others.

The programs begins at 7:30pm on May 15 and ends around 5:30pm on May 17.

Learn more and register on Karme Choling’s website.

More about the teachers:
sakyong 2  Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is the head of the Shambhala lineage. An incarnation of Mipham the Great, he is the dharma heir and son of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Mountain Center’s founder. Sakyong Mipham is the spiritual director of Shambhala, a global network of meditation and retreat centers, and the author of the national bestseller Turning the Mind into an Ally, as well as Ruling Your World,  Running with the Mind of Meditation and The Shambhala Principle. His background embraces both Eastern and Western cultures. Born in Bodhgaya, India, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, he grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received his spiritual training from his father and other distinguished lamas. In addition to Shambhala, the Sakyong also holds the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. An avid poet, artist and athlete, he travels extensively teaching throughout the world.

Lolodro_rinzlerdro Rinzler is a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and the author of five books on meditation including the best-selling “The Buddha Walks into a Bar…” and the award-winning “Walk Like a Buddha.” Over the last fourteen years he has taught numerous workshops at meditation centers, businesses, and college campuses throughout North America. Lodro’s columns appear regularly on the Huffington Post, Marie Claire, and elephant journal and he has been featured on WNYC, WBUR, FOX, the CBC, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and Fast Company. He is the founder of the Institute for Compassionate Leadership, an authentic leadership training organization, and lives in Brooklyn with his dog Tillie and his cat Justin Bieber.