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The Rigden Weekend with Acharya Alan Schwartz

Northern California Shambhala

The Rigden Weekend with Acharya Alan Schwartz

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Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
Rigden Weekend Regular Admission $275.00 $6.49
Rigden Weekend Scholarship Admission $225.00 $5.49
Rigden Weekend Repeater Admission $80.00 $2.59

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Prerequisites Apply

Dates & Times:
December 8, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
December 9, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
December 10, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Interviews during the afternoon of December 8

Registration Deadline: December 1st


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.

The contentment, joy, fearlessness, and wisdom of the Way of Shambhala culminate in unconditional confidence. This weekend workshop introduces the teachings of enlightened rulership. 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. Confidence can come from genuineness and wakefulness instead of aggression.

The Shambhala Vow,  a personal aspiration to continually relate with one's own basic goodness, is included in the weekend. There will be a separate evening discussion on the Shambhala Vow with Acharya Schwartz(date to be determined). Those who take the Shambhala Vow will receive a Shambhala Name as part of the vow ceremony. Interviews with Acharya Schwartz to determine your Shambhala Name will take place during the day on Friday, December 8th


Completion of Shambhala Training levels I through V and the In Everyday Life classes through Wisdom in Everyday Life or completion of Sacred Path through Outrageous/Inscrutable


Contact: Marcia Clayburg at

It is appropriate to offer a heartfelt teaching gift during the weekend.



photo portrait of Acharya Alan Scwartz

Acharya Alan Schwartz was among the first students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the United States, and has been a student of Tibetan and Shambhala Buddhist teachings for over 35 years. A confessed serial entrepreneur, he has founded four innovative and successful restaurant and entertainment businesses, a software firm, and created an award-winning software product. He was appointed as an Acharya, a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition, by Shambhala's spiritual leader, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Have questions about The Rigden Weekend with Acharya Alan Schwartz? Contact Northern California Shambhala

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Berkeley Shambhala Meditation Center
2288 Fulton Street
Berkeley, CA 94720


Northern California Shambhala

Northern California Shambhala is a community of meditation centers and study groups located in Berkeley, Davis, San Francisco, San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, Sonora, Silicon Valley and Grass Valley. To locate a center near you, click here.

The Shambhala Lineage is a spirtual tradition founded on the principle that all beings are fundamentally good and deeply desire to create meaningful human society together. By bravely taking the time and space for self reflection we can both individually and communally awaken our inherent confidence, intelligence, and good will and desire for a better world.

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