Enlightened Society Assembly with Acharya Emily Bower and TBA

About us

The Enlightened Society Assembly (ESA) is a South Central USA (SCUSA) Regional event inviting people from all over the world to come and help manifest the principles of basic goodness in order to create a good human society. The Austin Shambhala Meditation Center is delighted to be hosting this event.

In order to include all of the Enlightened Society, we are pleased to offer a concurrent Enlightened Children's Program to make attending more accessible for families. For more information on this program, please click here.

* Please note that August 12th is the departure day.
* Full participation is required (no early departures).
* The price for those who have already attended an ESA or Sutrayana Seminary is $400.


Students wishing to attend the Enlightened Society Assembly should first have completed the programs listed below. You may apply now even If you have not completed all of the prerequisite programs but plan on completing them soon. Exceptions to these prerequisites will be made on a case by case basis by the Office of Practice and Education.


Note that prerequisites apply even if you have completed Sutrayana or Vajrayana Assemblies.

• Shambhala Levels I through V
• Everyday Life Series: (Meditation), Contentment, Joy, Fearlessness and Wisdom
• Rigden Weekend
• One Weekthun
Membership in Shambhala - either at a local center/group or in Shambhala International.

The following prerequisite program is offered in the SCUSA Region:
Rigden Weekend: Austin, March 2-4, 2018 
All first-time Enlightened Society Assembly candidates must apply.  Please go to https://apas.shambhala.info/.  At the bottom of the Enlightened Society Assembly section, there is a list of scheduled ESA programs.  Click on August 2018 at Austin, Texas.  Towards the bottom of that page, find the Austin program and click on  Apply .

We realize that this program may seem a costly gathering!  Unlike the prerequisite programs, this assembly requires a large number of staff with several paid positions.  It also requires support resources that are not needed in the prerequisite programs.  But, by offering this program in an urban setting, we are also reducing costs for many - both in terms of dollars and time lost in travel - that are associated with our non-urban retreat centers where ESA historically takes place.
The standard program fee for first-time ESA participation is $880, including the $80 material fee.  For those participants who are able, and who are inspired to support others' ESA participation, we offer a patron price of $1080.  By being a patron, you will contribute directly to our ESA scholarship fund. 
If you are repeating ESA or have completed Sutrayana Seminary, the price is $400. The prerequisites (see above) are required for everyone.

The tuition fee includes breakfast, snacks and beverages that will be offerred throughout the day, and two banquets. Except for the two banquets, it does not include daily lunches or dinners. There are several restaurants near the ESA venue, and it may be possible for us to offer simple, inexpensive lunches (such as chips and sandwiches) if there is enough interest.  Also, in an effort to help defray the costs, our housing committee is putting together economical accommodation options, including sangha housing. Please contact Anna Marie Francis (annamariefrancis1@yahoo.com) if you are interested in such options.
That's it for now!  Once applications are reviewed, you will be able to return to this site to register, learn about scholarships and payment plans, request housing information, find information about our Enlightened Children's Program and more!  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact one of our staff members below:

Application Contact: Kate Raddock (kraddock.shambhala@gmail.com)
Registration Contact: Rose Ann Mancias (rosewoman57@hotmail.com)
Shambhala Benefits Contact: Kate Raddock (kraddock.shambhala@gmail.com)
Financial Assistance and Payment Contact: Lisa Weston (paz@austin.rr.com)
Accommodations Contact: Anna Marie Francis (annamariefrancis1@yahoo.com)
Travel Contact: Miguel Walker (miguel@positiveenergy.pro)

For all other questions or concerns, please contact Lynette at scusaesa2018@gmail.com


Source: austin.shambhala.org

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