The Vajrayana Path in Shambhala: A Community Practice Day Open to All

with Shastri Sandra Ladley

July 27th

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  • $20 Program Price
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Room: Meditation Hall

The third Yana, the Vajrayana, means the diamond or indestructible vehicle. The idea of indestructibility here refers to the discovery of indestructible wakefulness, the discovery of our own awakened state of mind, or vajra nature. Vajrayana is a continuation of the Hinayana and Mahayana vehicles…Tantra introduces us to the actuality of the phenomenal world. It is one of the most advanced, sharp and extraordinary perceptions that has ever developed. It is unusual and eccentric, it is powerful, magical and outrageous, but it is also extremely simple.
—Chogyam Trungpa, from Journey Without Goal    

This day-long program is for Shambhala community members both new and experienced and will include guided meditation periods and talks and discussion focused on the Vajrayana Buddhist teachings. Have you wondered what it means to practice in the Three Yanas? What is the Vajrayana and Tantra?  What is this “journey without goal?” Why would I want a guru or vajra master in this day and age? Where do we go from here on the meditative path when the teachers we look to for guidance engender harm and disappoint us?

Bring your questions and appetite for meditation practice and open discussion, and for being in community. 


9:30 AMGuided Meditation
10:30 AMTeachings and Discussion
12 NoonLunch and Open Period (option to join group at restaurant or bring your own)
1:30 PMMeditation and Individual Meetings (sign-up)
2:30 PMMovement and Tea Break
3:00 PMTeachings, Break out Groups, Closing circle
4:30 PMSocial Time


Shastri Sandra Ladley Sandra Ladley is a long-time meditation practitioner and a senior Shambhala Buddhist resident teacher for the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Program Director and a core faculty member for the Karuna Training program in Contemplative Psychology in North America. Sandra teaches Buddhist, Contemplative Psychology and Dharma Art programs internationally. She draws on experience as a teacher, counselor, and manager in business, mental health, hospice, and creative arts settings to bring depth, warmth and humor to her teaching.  

Suggested donation $20

If you have any questions please contact Faith at fomiller55 [at] aol [dot] com.

Please register online in advance to reserve your spot and let us know you are coming. Paying online in advance will expedite the registration table and help us start on time.