Exploring the Power and Practice of Ritual—Invoking Drala

with Susan Arnesen & Irv Kirschbaum

July 24th

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  • $40 Program Price
  • $80 Patron Price
  • $20 Other Price
  • Or pay what you can afford. Please write in the amount.
Room: Online Program
Program Registration is Closed.

Join us for an exploration in how to relate to ritual as a practice in our homes and centers. Ritual is a means of connecting with and calling upon “Drala” or environmental energies to create a powerful practice environment. This program is  based on the Shambhala Online Course: “Lineage as the Heart of Ritual: How we Invoke Lineage through Ritual in Our Households and Our Lives” and addresses ritual in general and Shambhala Ritual, specifically.
Everyone is welcome, and we want to especially encourage the attendance of those who aspire to be—or who have participated as—an Umdze or Chöpon in your Centers or at programs. Umdze refers to the time keeper position, the one who holds the space at the front of the meditation hall. And, the Chöpön is the shrine keeper, the one who attends the shrine during practices and rituals. 

We plan for this to be the first of many opportunities to refresh, engage, and deepen our understanding of community and household ritual. 
During the program, we will discuss the potency of carrying forward rituals that have been passed from teacher to student since the time of the Buddha; and how we can keep that ritual practice fresh and alive today and into the future! 

The day will include time for chants, meditation practice, and group discussion, as well as a recorded talk by Acharya Suzanne Duquette. We will practice vocalization exercises, demonstrate Umdze and Chöpön practices, and have time for open discussion. 

This program will be presented online on the Zoom platform. 

10:00 AM Morning Session
1:00 PM Lunch Break 
2:00 PM Afternoon Session
4:30 PM Closing

Program Price: $40
Patron Price: $80
Students and Limited Income: $20
Nobody turned away for lack of funds. 

Please register and pay online in advance of the program. Early registration helps the teachers plan for the program. 




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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.

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