Authentic Meditation: Advice from Lineage Masters

with Richard John

November 4th—November 5th

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  • $150 Program Price
  • $190 Patron Price
  • $100 Limited Income Price
Room: Hybrid Program: In-Person and Online

a Hybrid program (in-person at sonoma Shambhala & online via zoom)
Presented by the sonoma Shambhala Center

“Shamatha and vipashyana alone are the iron hook that will lead you to liberation.”
— Chögyam Trungpa

This weekend retreat is open to practitioners at all levels — new and senior — who wish to establish or strengthen their meditation practice. We will deepen the practices of shamatha and vipashyana meditation, looking at the mind and sense perceptions, with emphasis on direct personal experience.

These days there are many things called “meditation” that have little to do with the path of Dharma that leads to awakening and freedom. The profound instructions from lineage masters that make meditation authentic are freely available, and we will apply them directly.

The program will be all day Saturday and Sunday, with commentaries and instruction, silence during the day, and open discussion each afternoon. Participants should commit to the full weekend. 

No prerequisites  This is an open program and everyone is welcome.


Saturday to Sunday, November 4-5 • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (PT)
Lunch break 12:30 to 2:00 pm

photo of Richard JohnRichard John

An early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard served as acharya for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for 20 years. He completed the traditional Buddhist three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey, and has directed six Warrior Assemblies. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Heart Gifts

It is customary to offer a monetary Heart Gift to the teacher, whose livelihood is entirely from teaching programs. The gift is completely voluntary according to your inspiration, and there is no suggested amount — any amount is appreciated!

This program is hybrid — offered both in-person at the Sonoma Shambhala Center and online via Zoom. Zoom meeting info will be provided to registrants within the week prior to the program. Please review Sonoma Shambhala’s in-person attendance policy.

zoom logoABOUT ZOOM  This program will be presented on the Zoom platform. It is available for computers, smart phones, and tablets. You will need to download the free app on your device before joining the session. Once it’s loaded, click the link and follow the prompts to join the session.

Please join us at least 5-10 minutes in advance so that you’re set up when the program begins. And, make certain that your mic is muted when you join to avoid background noises which are multiplied with many participants.

Meditation and Wisdom in a Confused World

Saturday to Sunday, November 4-5 • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Pacific Time)

No prerequisites  Open program; everyone is welcome. 

  • $150  Program Price
  • $190  Patron Price — this amount allows us to offer a “Limited Income” option for those who are not in a position to pay the full program price at this time 
  • $100  Limited Income*
  • *If your circumstances are such that you are unable to pay the “Limited Income” amount, please contact Joanne Martin Braun at jmartinbraun [at] gmail [dot] com.

Please indicate in ‘note’ space whether you will attend in-person or via Zoom.

After completing your registration, before the program you will receive a ‘welcome’ email containing the Zoom link and attendance info, to the email you provided.

If you have questions, please contact Joanne Martin Braun at jmartinbraun [at] gmail [dot] com