Unconditional Confidence: Rigden Weekend

with Acharya Eric Spiegel

September 28th—September 30th (2018)

Date details +
  • $250 Early Bird Members
  • $265 Early Bird Non-members
  • $270 Members
  • $285 Non-members
Program Registration is Closed.

The Way of Shambhala I culminates in the Rigden Weekend. The contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom of the Way of Shambhala culminate in unconditional confidence. Confidence that comes from genuineness and wakefulness instead of aggression.

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.

With the great problems now facing human society, we need to find simple ways to bring compassionate and strong leadership to the world.

This weekend emphasizes genuine confidence and steadfastness in facing the world’s challenges and includes a formal transmission of windhorse practice. The Rigden Weekend also includes the opportunity to take the Shambhala Vow and receive a Shambhala Name. The Shambhala Vow is an acknowledgement and proclamation that basic goodness is the essential nature of humanity.

Prerequisites:  Open Sky-Level V and Wisdom in Everyday Life (WIEL)

Location: This program will take place at the location of the Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group: 1899 NE 23rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL  32609.  Breakfast and lunch are provided on Saturday and Sunday.  Usually we go out to a nearby restaurant as a group on Saturday evening (additional details will be provided on your welcome email which is sent a few days before the start of the event).


Regular Price: $270 members; $285 non-members

Early Bird: $250 members; $265 non-members.  Register online 3 weeks before the start of the program (September 7th) to enjoy reduced pricing. There are no other discounts for this program, but an extended payment period is available if arrangements are made in advance.