The Pure Mind of Sad Joy: Tonglen and the Four Immeasurables—A Week of Retreat

with John Rockwell & Charlotte Linde

July 10th—July 16th

Date details +
  • $350 Program Price
  • $450 Patron Price
  • $250 Other Price
  • Or pay what you can afford. Please write in the amount.
Room: Online Program
Program Registration is Closed.

Like a dot in space, we are fundamentally alone—our experience is uniquely ours alone. Making friends with our aloneness, we touch a tender heart of sadness. Our heart inspires us to reach out to others and embrace our common tenderness. This connection sparks joy and a profound appreciation for this whole world, just as it is.

In this three yana retreat, we will explore the path of the four immeasurables—friendliness, compassion, joy, and equanimity—using the profound practices of mahamudra and tonglen—accepting all and giving all.

This year’s summer retreat will embrace all levels of practitioners to come home to rest our body, speech, and mind on the meditation cushion and join together as an online community to deepen our study and practice connections. Let’s enjoy this week to practice and share wisdom together.

The retreat will take place online with a daily schedule of 9 AM to 12 Noon, and 2 PM to 5 PM. We will all practice together mahamudra shamatha-vipashyana, contemplations of the four immeasurables, and tonglen. 

What to expect
This retreat will include sitting and walking meditation, talks, break-out discussion groups, and spontaneous arisings. We will support each other in maintaining the joyful discipline of retreat in community.

This retreat is open to all. There are no prerequisites. 
This retreat is open to the public and all are welcome to join us. All levels of practitioners are welcome.

Vajrayana practitioners
In the morning we will practice mahamudra shamatha-vipashyana together with the community. And, there will be the option of breaking into a smaller group to do our individual practices in the afternoon. 

Partial Attendance
Partial attendance of the retreat is fine, as long as when you come, you attend a full 3-hour practice session. 

About the Teachers

John RockwellJohn Rockwell has been on the path of dharma for 45 years. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and studied and practiced the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings for 12 years with him, and in particular worked with him on translating Tibetan texts into English.

For ten years, he studied and taught at Naropa University in the Buddhist Studies department. For many years, he served as an acharya or senior teacher for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and also studied intensively with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. His inspiration is to share the profound and practical teachings that he has received.

Charlotte LindeCharlotte Linde met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche at the Naropa Summer Institute in 1975, and has been a student of the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings since then. She has served as a Shastri for the Silicon Valley Shambhala Center, and remains as a Senior Teacher for Northern Caliornia.

Trained as an anthropologist and linguist, she has taught at CUNY, University of California and Stanford, and most recently worked as a researcher at NASA. She is the author of two books on the ways stories are used to create individual and group ego. She is currently researching topics in the anthropology of wisdom.

Program Price: $350
Patron Price: $450
Other (Seniors and Students): $250
Day rate $60 to $80 per day sliding scale (write in the amount) 
Or Pay what you can afford (write in the amount) 

Generosity Policy
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Paying the full program or patron price provides much needed support to Berkeley Shambhala.

For more information please see our generosity policy. 

Please register and pay online in advance to make certain you receive all the relevant information before the retreat. The Zoom link will be sent to you before the program after you both register and pay. You can always leave a note with your registration to tell us of any special circumstances. 

For further information, please contact Robert Fox: education [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org 

This retreat will take place on the zoom platform. 

About Zoom
This program will be presented on the Zoom platform. It is available for computers, smart phones, and tablets. You will need to download the free app on your device before joining the session. Once it is loaded, click the link and follow the prompts to join the session.

It is best to join 5 minutes in advance so that you are set up when the session begins.

And, make certain that your mic is muted when you join to avoid background noises which are multiplied with many participants.

Learn more about Zoom here:

You can find is a list of Zoom FAQs at this link



Program Policy
Our program policy has changed to reflect the current situation with online programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please register and pay online in advance of the program to make certain you receive all communications including the link for the program. Our online payment system is set up to accept payment through PayPal.

Generosity Policy
The Berkeley Shambhala Center is funded solely by your membership and program donations. Thank you for your generosity as you consider what you can pay for each program at our Center. We strive to price our programs in a way that accurately reflects the financial need of our Center and the cost to us of producing the program.

We are committed to offering our programs to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. Most programs include a base program price as well as a sliding scale.

If you need to reach a member of the Shambhala Center Staff, email manager [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org with your inquiry.

What is the Patron Price?
The other aspect of our Generosity Policy is our Patron Price. Those who are able to offer more than the regular program price can select the Patron Price option. By selecting this option, your generosity is helping to cover the costs of those who may not be able to pay the full price of the program. Thank you for your consideration, and for helping all to receive the treasure of the Shambhala Dharma.

We appreciate you registering and paying online. This helps us not only to plan for the program, but speeds up the registration line on the day of the program.

Work Study
We depend on volunteers to make all of our programs happen. If you are interested in offering your support in this way, please contact manager [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org. We would be very grateful. Please note that we have limited work-study options for online programs.

Refund Policy
If you are unable to attend a program for which you have pre-registered and paid, and contact us to cancel participation at least one week (7 calendar days) prior to the start of the program, you are entitled to either receive a refund less the cost of processing the payment, or you can apply the full payment amount to the cost of an upcoming program of your choice.

If you cancel your participation within the week prior to the program, you can apply those funds to another upcoming program of your choice.

No refunds will be given for cancellations after a program has begun.

Non Discrimination
The Berkeley Shambhala Center is open to everyone, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

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