Awakening the Heart III: Fearless Garuda: Emptiness and Absolute Bodhicitta

with Acharya Susan Chapman

March 3rd—March 31st

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  • $100 Program Price
  • $125 Generosity Price
Room: Online using Zoom

Tuesdays: March 3 to 31, 2020

6:30 to 9:00pm

Update: This course has moved online using Zoom. 

We are pleased to offer this course on Buddhist Mahayana teachings taught by senior Shambhala teachers. The themes for the four seasons echo the virtues of the Four Dignities of the Shambhala Path.

This is the third five-week course in a four-part series that offers a comprehensive introduction to the teachings and practices of Mahayana Buddhism. This course includes an exploration of Relative Bodhicitta and how we put our aspiration into action with the practice of the Paramitas. Each class includes a practice session, talk, discussion, and supported home-study with selected readings.

The course draws on recorded talks by six Shambhala Acharyas (senior teachers). Acharya Susan Chapman will be present to guide and support participants' practice, study, and discussion, throughout this course.

March 3      Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown -- Prajnaparamita & Absolute Bodhichitta

March 10     Acharya David Schneider -- Heart Sutra

March 17     Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown -- Feminine Principle

March 24     Acharya Melissa Moore -- Glimpses of Sunyata

March 31     Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown -- Prajna & Compassion


Senior Shambhala teacher, Acharya Susan Chapman from Vancouver, B.C., will lead us into these profound foundational teachings. Susan is a senior student in the Shambhala lineage since 1974, a graduate of Naropa University, the author of two books on mindful communication, a former Marriage and Family Therapist, and spent nine years at Gampo Abbey -- as a three-year retreatant and then as a Druppon (retreat leader) for an additional six years.

Prerequisite: Participants should have received meditation instruction at a Shambhala Centre. Instruction is offered at the Vancouver Shambhala Centre every Wednesday Open House (7:00pm) and every Sunday morning (9:30 am).

Please register online:

$100 Program Price

$125 Generosity Price

$20 Individual Classes (attend any or all classes)


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