Enlightened Society Assembly

with Acharya Emily Bower & Dr. Bobby Hudgins

August 3rd—August 11th

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  • $880 Standard price
  • $1080 Patron price
  • Please enter either $1080 (patron tuition) or $880 (regular tuition) or $400 (repeater tuition) at this time.
  • ($80.00 Material Fee included in each price.)
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Room: Main Meditation Hall
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Because our ESA is less than two weeks away, and we have a waiting list, we kindly request that you pay your registration price at this time to confirm your registration.  

$1080 (patron tuition) or $880 (regular tuition) or $400 (repeater tuition).

Payment & Cancelation Policy

If you find you have to cancel on or before July 25th, and have paid the patron or regular tuition, we will refund one half of your registration deposit.  After July 25th, no refunds are offered. We will not be able to refund repeater tuition deposits.  Registration without payment is not confirmed and your spot will be given to someone else.

Please read the following overview of our Assembly.

First, this ESA will be a Shambhala ESA - undiluted.  Our presentation, with all its forms (chants, shrine, rituals, etc.), will reflect the Shambhala ESA.  The content, which includes teachings, transmissions, and practices, will also reflect the Shambhala ESA.

Second, we will be doing a good deal of sitting meditation.  We will receive the Shambhala Sadhana transmission - a reading of the Shambhala Sadhana text, written by the Sakyong, that formally gives us the permission to practice the Sadhana.  We will then be practicing the Shambhala Sadhana.

Third, we will have teachings relating to enlightened society and leadership and we will have many discussions on what that means.  

Fourth, we will have the opportunity to take the Enlightened Society Vow.  As always, it is optional.

Our Directors, Acharya Bower and Dr. Hudgins, will work with the energy of the Assembly, as is customary of all Shambhala programs.  They will make changes to the Assembly schedule to accommodate our participants’ experiences as they arise, while maintaining the ESA ground, practice, and view. 


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]