Enlightened Society Assembly

with Acharya Emily Bower & Dr. Bobby Hudgins

August 3rd—August 11th

Date details +
  • $880 Standard price
  • $1080 Patron price
  • Please either enter a non-refundable deposit of $100 or pay the entire balance above ($880 or $1080) at this time.
  • ($80.00 Material Fee included in each price.)
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Room: Main Meditation Hall
Program Registration is Closed.
The Enlightened Society Assembly (ESA) is a South Central USA (SCUSA) Regional event inviting people from all over the world to come and help manifest the principles of basic goodness in order to create a good human society. The Austin Shambhala Meditation Center is delighted to be hosting this event.
* Please note that August 12th is the departure day.
* Full participation is required (no early departures).

Acharya Emily Bower started practicing in the Shambhala community in 1987, in Berkeley, CA. She began studying with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche when he came to teach in Berkeley in 1991. She served as his editor for various projects, including his first book, Turning the Mind into an Ally. She has studied kyudo with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei and is a lifelong member of the Dorje Kasung. In 1991, she joined the staff of Karme Chöling, where she lived for three years, working on publicity and marketing. She has been a professional editor since 1987 and has most recently worked full-time as an acquiring editor for Shambhala Publications in Boston. Now, in addition to traveling and teaching in the Shambhala mandala, she continues to work as a book editor and publishing consultant. She lives in Los Angeles. 

Dr. Bobby Hudgins first engaged with Shambhala in 2005, and soon thereafter he met the Sakyong and took bodhisattva vows with him. In 2010, he joined the Director of the South Central Region, Iris Ramos, as co-Director.  A year later, he assumed the role of Director of the South Central Region, which he held until 2018. Currently, Dr. Hudgins teaches Buddhism and Shambhala training classes in the South Central Region and serves in the Lamen Corps of the Dorje Kasung as a physician to the Sakyong when called upon.  After an early career in the US Navy and the Texas Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Hudgins finally settled down as an MD.  He is currently in his 38th year of practice of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

For more information about this Assembly, please get in touch with us!

Application Contact: Kate Raddock ([email protected])
Registration Contact: Rose Ann Mancias ([email protected])
Shambhala Benefits Contact: Kate Raddock ([email protected])
Financial Assistance and Payment Contact: Lisa Weston ([email protected])
Accommodations & Travel Contact: Anna Marie Francis ([email protected])

For all other questions or concerns, please contact Lynette at [email protected]