Enlightened Society Assembly

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7 July 2013 - 21 July 2013
Acharya Mathias Pongracz
Acharya Marianne Bots

The Enlightened Society Assembly is a Shambhala mahayana programme that emphasizes the intrinsic goodness of all beings and society, practices that rouse bodhicitta and compassionate openness, and confident activity that engages fully in the world. In particular, living up to its name, this Assembly will focus on how we can create enlightened society on the spot, at home, in our city and nation, and wherever we go.

The Sakyong offers two vows for our path. With the Shambhala vow, we commit to our own basic goodness - given at the Rigden Weekend. With the Enlightened Society vow, we commit to the goodness of others and of society - given at the Enlightened Society Assembly.

Participants in the Enlightened Society Assembly also receive and practice the Shambhala Sadhana written by the Sakyong. This powerful practice helps us contemplate these commitments and deepen them over time. The Enlightened Society Assembly brings this sadhana practice together with our previous Shambhala practices. This Assembly will integrate study, practice, and community, and will expand our inquisitiveness and understanding of the Shambhala Buddhist teachings.


Prerequisites: Rigden Weekend, one week of Dathün, membership and ideally some Basic Goodness courses. Dechen Chöling offers a Rigden Weekend in February and right before the Assembly. Also the WIEL course is offered the week before the Assembly.

For this programme you will need to apply with Shambhala International. After the approval of your application please register at Dechen Chöling. Thank you.

Programme fee: 1120 Euro

No Early Bird or discounted price available. Please contact our office in case you would like to discuss a scholarship. Additional material costs.

This retreat is taught in English. Translation into other languages are available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible - about 2 months in advance -, so that we can provide translation services. In case you register short-term please get in touch with us in case you need translation into your language.

Please note: Dechen Chöling offers a Study and Preparation Course which will take place one week before this Programme. It is highly recommended for all attending the Enlightened Society Assembly and will also provide the possibility to catch up with certain prerequistes (WIEL, Rigden).