Entering the Stream of Shambhala Buddhism (PROGRAM ONLY WITHOUT Refuge or Bodhisattva Vows)

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

March 16th—March 17th

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  • $120 Program Price
  • $140 Patron Price
Room: Lakewood Center

The Refuge Vow is the traditional step of formally becoming a Buddhist by taking "refuge" in both the inner and outer aspects of the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha. The Bodhisattva Vow is a further extension of one's personal commitment to awakening and to be of ongoing benefit to others.

This weekend will look at the meaning of these commitments, and of the world view they represent. The teachings will be from the perspective of what it means to be a Shambhala Buddhist -- as we enter the stream of dharma, how do we integrate the teachings of the Buddha into our life in a meaningful way?

The suggested program donation includes an invitation to the community celebration and shrine blessing following the program on Saturday evening. 


Bodhisattva Refuge VowAcharya Eric Spiegel grew up on Manhattan's Lower East Side in a lefty family that he describes as "fundamentalist atheists."

In 1971 he met and became a student of  Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He has worked in the financial sector for decades and in 2002 he left Wall Street to devote more time to teaching. The following year, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed him an Acharya, which means "senior teacher." He is the Acharya for the New York Shambhala Community and teaches and has students in NYC, around the US, and internationally.

He has worked extensively with people facing death and with issues related to death and dying. He also works and teaches within the Shambhala tradition on developing a more awakened attitude toward wealth and money.


Generosity Policy: Our Generosity Policy helps make programming available to all those who wish to participate. To utilize the Generosity Policy, please contact the Registrar. We cannot accept Generosity Policy registrations at the door, so please make arrangements in advance by contacting the Program Coordinator.

Patron Price: If you are able, please consider registering with the Patron price. By offering a little more, you help make programs accessible to others. Thank you!