Awakening Your Wisdom: The Practice of Maitri

with Acharya Richard John

April 5th—April 7th

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  • $185.00 Standard price
  • $200.00 Patron price
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Room: Main Meditation Hall

The five wisdom energies, also known as the five Buddha families, are traditional Vajrayana Buddhist teachings on how we can transform neurosis into wisdom.

Created by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche as a meditation practice for his Western students, Maitri Space Awareness practice involves practicing five postures using tinted glasses to evoke these energies. Manifesting as different personality types, in their wisdom aspect they are experienced as spaciousness, clarity, richness, passion, or skillful action, and in their confused aspects as dullness, anger, pride, grasping, or envy.

Besides bringing insight to one’s own psychology, this practice has been taught to psychologists and educators as a means of understanding how to work effectively with others. This program is open to meditation practitioners of all levels of experience.

Participants must pre-register for this weekend event and space is limited, so reserve your spot!

Acharya Richard John was an early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and was appointed as an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He teaches Maitri and other Shambhala Buddhist programs throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Canada.