Meditation and Wisdom in a Confused World

with Richard John

November 18th—November 19th

Date details +
  • $150 Program Price
  • $190 Patron Price
  • $100 Limited Income Price
  • Generosity policy (specify an amount)
Room: Hybrid Program: In-Person and Online

a Hybrid program (in-person at berkeley Shambhala & online via zoom)
Presented by the berkeley Shambhala Center

“The four dharmas of Gampopa are an important theme throughout the buddhist tradition, and the main working basis of the buddhist path is the shedding of ego.”
— Chögyam Trungpa

This weekend retreat is open to practitioners at all levels—new and senior. We will discuss a concise view of the buddhist path, with emphasis on authentic meditation practice. The main teaching will be the “Four Dharmas of Gampopa,” a classic description of the path dynamic.

We will also deepen the practices of shamatha and vipashyana meditation, looking at the mind and sense perceptions, with priority given to direct personal experience. These days there are many things called “meditation” that have little to do with the path of Dharma that leads to awakening and freedom. It is the power of instructions such as the Four Dharmas that keeps our practice on track.

The program will be all day Saturday and Sunday, with commentaries and instruction, silence during the day, and open discussion each afternoon. Participants should commit to the full weekend. 

No prerequisites  This is an open program and everyone is welcome.


Saturday to Sunday, November 4-5 • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (PT)
Lunch break 12:30 to 2:00 pm

photo of Richard JohnRichard John

An early student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard served as acharya for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for 20 years. He completed the traditional Buddhist three-year retreat at Gampo Abbey, and has directed six Warrior Assemblies. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Heart Gifts

It is customary to offer a monetary Heart Gift to the teacher, whose livelihood is entirely from teaching programs. The gift is completely voluntary according to your inspiration, and there is no suggested amount — any amount is appreciated!

This program is hybrid — offered both in-person at the Berkeley Shambhala Center and online via Zoom. Zoom meeting info will be provided to registrants within the week prior to the program.

zoom logoABOUT 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’s loaded, click the link and follow the prompts to join the session.

Please join us at least 5-10 minutes in advance so that you’re set up when the program begins. And, make certain that your mic is muted when you join to avoid background noises which are multiplied with many participants.

Meditation and Wisdom in a Confused World

Saturday to Sunday, November 4-5 • 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (Pacific Time)

No prerequisites  Open program; everyone is welcome. 

  • $150  Program Price
  • $190  Patron Price — this amount allows us to offer a “Limited Income” option for those who are not in a position to pay the full program price at this time 
  • $100  Limited Income Price
  • Generosity policy (specify an amount). 

Please indicate in ‘note’ space whether you will attend in-person or via Zoom.

After completing your registration, soon thereafter you will receive a ‘welcome’ email containing the Zoom link and attendance info, to the email you provided.

If you have questions, please contact Jesse Miller at jmill64 [at] gmail [dot] com

Program Policy

In-Person Attendance  Please be vaccinated and boosted for the safety of yourselves and others. The meditation hall is large, well-ventilated and served by two very high quality air filters. Seating will be well-spaced. Masks are optional and available.
Registration  Please register and pay online in advance of programs that require registration in order 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. You do not need a PayPal account to pay via your credit or debit card for a program.
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 shambhalaberkeley [at] gmail [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 shambhalaberkeley [at] gmail [dot] org. We would be very grateful. Please note that we have limited work-study options for online programs.
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