Chariot of Mahamudra

with Acharya Richard John

November 13th—November 14th

Date details +
  • $150 Program Price
  • $200 Patron Price
  • $95 Other Price
  • Or pay what you can afford. Please write in the amount.
Room: Hybrid Program: In-Person and Online


This program is being co-presented by Sonoma and Santa Rosa Shambhala. 

This weekend retreat is open to practitioners at all levels—newer students and tantrikas—who wish to deepen their meditation practice. Mahamudra, the great symbol, is among the most profound traditions of vajrayana Buddhism, but it is also extremely simple and direct.

We will deepen the practices of shamatha and vipashyana meditation to look at the mind and sense perceptions, with emphasis on direct personal experience. Acharya John will give an overview, commentaries and instruction. We will maintain silence during the day, with open discussion each afternoon.

Participants should begin at the beginning and commit to the full weekend.

The prerequisite for the retreat is Shambhala Training Level One, but any practitioner may attend with the recommendation of a senior Meditation Instructor.

Acharya Richard John
An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Richard has for many years taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada and Mexico. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, and he now teaches full time. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Heart Gifts
It is customary to offer a monetary Heart Gift to the teacher. This is completely voluntary according to your inspiration, and there is no suggested amount—any amount is appreciated!

Program Price: $150
Patron Price: $200
Seniors, Students, and Limited Income: $95
Or pay what you can afford. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Write-in the amount.

Hybrid Program Please Note
On-site participation is now full, so registrations will be only for Zoom attendance.

This is a hybrid program that will take place with attendees both in-person and on Zoom. There is limited space for socially-distanced, fully vaccinated, and masked attendees in our center. If you wish to attend in-person, please leave us a note in the comments field when you register. 

If you have any questions, please contact Marcia: mbclayburg [at] gmail [dot] com