What Can We Rely On? The Buddha’s Teachings on “The Four Reliances”

with Acharya Richard John

September 23rd (2018)

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  • $60.00 Program Price
  • $80.00 Patron Price

One of the Buddha’s most profound and practical teachings has become known as “The Four Reliances.” This is his heart advice to students who find themselves facing a dilemma about who and what to trust to guide their path: The teacher, or not? The teachings, which have many interpretations? One’s own intuition? The Buddha’s instructions are clear, simple and precise, and immensely helpful in times of chaos and confusion.

This one-day program of teaching and practice is not an introductory program. The teachings will be given by Acharya Richard John, a long-time friend of our Santa Rosa sangha. The day will include talks, meditation instruction and practice, and small group conversations.

PREREQUISITE: Membership in a Shambhala center or “friend of Shambhala”. Please note this is not an introductory program. If you are interested in membership, please email center Director and Membership Coordinator Karen Halseth.

8:30 - 9:00 amRegistration and welcome coffee & tea
9:00 am - Noon*Practice Day.
We will have lunch-in together. Please bring your lunch (or there will be time to purchase your lunch and bring it back).
*exact lunch timing will be confirmed.
1:30 - 5:30 pmProgram continues.
Afternoon tea together.

Questions? Please contact coordinator, Christina Nelson.

Heart gift for Acharya John: Please note that, while voluntary, it is customary to offer a monetary heart gift as an expression of deep appreciation and generosity for the dharma and the teacher. Acharya John travels widely to share these precious teachings, and teaching is his sole source of income upon which he depends. (Cash or checks made out to Richard John.)

Acharya Richard John is a beloved friend and teacher to Santa Rosa Shambhala. He became an early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche after reading Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism in 1974, although he didn’t know exactly what Buddhism was, what his teacher looked like, or how to meditate. At the time he was a woodworker in Santa Cruz, California. His first experience of meditation was at a dathun (a month-long meditation retreat) at Padma Jong, near Mendocino, in 1975. Shortly afterward, the Vidhadhara asked him to oversee the volunteer production of all the carvings and gold leaf in the shrine hall in Boulder, and then at Karme Choling.

After careers as a designer and a management consultant, he served as director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey. Appointed an acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2002, Richard has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, and Chile. Richard now teaches full time and is extremely grateful for that opportunity. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.