Enlightened Society Assembly

with Acharya Adam Lobel & Acharya Melissa Moore

July 7th—July 16th

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    Room: Meditation Hall

    Applications Now Open! Click HERE. More Details Below.
    Prices, full registration and more info to come.

    Enlightened Society Assembly is a gathering of Shambhala warriors to contemplate, practice and manifest the principles of basic goodness in order to create a good human society.  Students will deepen their commitment and intention to manifest basic goodness by taking the Enlightened Society Vow.  We will practice the Shambhala Sadhana to support the journey of establishing trust and confidence in the basic goodness of oneself, others and society.  We will contemplate how we can embody these principles to further personal and social transformation.
    ***Families and Children Welcome***

    This is the first time that this program has been held in an non-residential urban center in the United States. The program will be a rich opportunity to mix our daily lives, society and basic goodness even more thoroughly. Through practice, we will deepen the culture of basic goodness and strengthen our commitment to Enlightened Society within the Northern California region. In order to include all of the Enlightened Society, we are thrilled to be offering a concurrent Children’s Program to make the program more accessible to families and children.

    The Teachers

    Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel and Acharya Melissa Moore

    For full teacher's bios of Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel and Acharya Melissa Moore click here

    Preparation and Prerequisites:

    Students applying to the Enlightened Society Assembly should have completed the following programs before attending Enlightened Society Assembly. If you have not completed any of these programs, and you plan to soon, please consider applying to Enlightened Society Assembly anyway. Exceptions to these prerequisites will be made on a case by case basis by the Office of Practice and Education:

    • Shambhala Levels I through V
    • Everyday Life Series: Meditation, Contentment, Joy, Fearlessness and Wisdom
    • Rigden Weekend
    • One Weekthun
    Membership in Shambhala: Either local Shambhala center/group or Shambhala International.

    For West Coast Prerequisite Programming Dates, Click HERE
    Check Shambhala.org for all program listings.

    How to Attend as a Participant:

    Attending Enlightened Society Assembly is a two-part process that includes applying to the program and registering. Before one registers, one must apply and be accepted by the Office of Practice and Education. The application for this program now open, though registration has not been opened yet and will only be available to those who have been accepted through the Office of Practice and Education. This application is for all students who have not yet attended an Enlightened Society Assembly (even if you have completed Sutrayana or Vajrayana Assemblies). If you have completed an Enlightened Society Assembly previously and would like to attend, you do not need to fill out an application form, but you will need to register when the program registration opens. Registration will open early spring. If you have any questions about whether or not you should complete the application, please email norcalESA2017@gmail.com.

    • First Time at ESA: Apply HERE.
    • Repeating ESA: Click HERE to let us know you are interested and receive an email when Registration opens.
    • Registration: Not yet available.


    The deadline for application is May 12, 2017, 8 weeks prior to the start date of Enlightened Society Assembly. However, if the program should reach capacity, or lack proper staffing support, it may be closed earlier than indicated. Please do not make airline reservations until you have received your full acceptance from the Office of Practice and Education.

    How to Staff:

    Thank you for your interest in helping staff Enlightened Society Assembly! We could not do this program without, well, the Enlightened Society. Please fill out the form below if you are interested in staffing and we will get back to you about your application shortly. Please also fill out the pre-registration form above so that we can keep you updated and informed on ESA happenings.

    • Staff Application Form: Click HERE

    Enlightened Children’s Program: Click HERE

    Contact and Questions:
    If you have any questions, please contact Kate Raddock at