Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence

with Acharya Adam Lobel & Acharya Emily Bower

September 13th—September 15th (2013)

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  • $260 Program Price

The contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom explored in the Way of Shambhala culminates in unconditional confidence. The Rigden is a representation of our basic enlightened nature and embodies the principle of unconditional bravery. Historically, Rigdens were enlightened rulers — those who could rule their world based on their unwavering experience of basic goodness. This weekend workshop introduces the teachings of enlightened leadership.

With the great problems now facing human society, it seems increasingly important to find simple ways to bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world, even in small ways. This weekend emphasizes genuine confidence and steadfastness in facing the world's challenges and includes a formal transmission of windhorse practice, and study of the Six Ways of Ruling.


Completed Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky and Way of Shambhala Course 5: Wisdom in Everyday Life or completion of the Sacred Path program and some introductory Buddhist classes.

About Acharya Adam Lobel

Acharya Adam Lobel began the path of meditation when he was 16 years old after his first taste of real pain, outrage at social and ecological injustice, and wondering a bit too much about what reality was all about.  He soon encountered the writings and vision of the Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  Inspired by the path of warriorship and the vision of enlightened society, he pursued meditation retreats and training in the Shambhala Buddhist path.  Adam traveled in Tibet, Nepal, and India, studying Buddhism with masters from various traditions.  He pivotally connected with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the Shambhala lineage, while on retreat in Parphing, Nepal in 1997. He was co-editor of the Sakyong’s book Turning the Mind into an Ally.  

Adam was named an Acharya in 2004 and completed a Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. In 2008, the Sakyong named Acharya Lobel the Kalapa Acharya. The Kalapa Acharya presides over the Pillar of Practice and Education within Shambhala. Acharya Lobel is particularly responsible for curriculum and path development as well as training Shambhala teachers.

Adam is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Recordings of his public talks are starting to be posted at www.adamlobel.org

About Acharya Emily Bower

Acharya Emily BowerAcharya Emily Bower started practicing in the Shambhala community in 1987, in Berkeley, California. She began studying with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche when he came to teach in Berkeley in 1991. She served as his editor for various projects, including his first book, Turning the Mind into an Ally.

In 1991, Acharya Bower joined the staff of Karme Chöling, where she lived for three years, working on publicity and marketing. She has been a professional editor since 1987 and has most recently worked full-time as an acquiring editor for Shambhala Publications in Boston. Now, in addition to traveling and teaching in the Shambhala community, she continues to work as a book editor and publishing consultant. She has recently moved to Los Angeles.

Further Information

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie McCubbin or Jil Amadio

Discounted price available for those who are redoing the program.

Note: If you cannot afford to pay the full program fee, see our generosity policy.

Online Registration

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