Enlightened Society Assembly

About us

Prerequisites: Students applying to Enlightened Society Assembly should have completed Shambhala Training Weekends I-V, the Everyday Life series, Rigden Weekend, and one weekthun.

         Enlightened society is like a communal heart that pulsates with kindness in order to keep us all connected." - Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche


Applications due May 25th, 2018

Enlightened Society Assembly (ESA) is a nine-day New York City Regional retreat that emphasizes the intrinsic goodness of all beings and society. People from all over the world are invited to come and help manifest compassionate openness. Together we will participate in practices that rouse bodhichitta, or awakened mind, and activities that engage us 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.

Students will deepen their commitment and intention to manifest basic goodness by taking the Enlightened Society Vow

About the Program

Participants in ESA receive and practice the Shambhala Sadhana composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This powerful practice helps support our journey of trust and confidence in the inherent goodness in ourselves, others and society itself. ESA brings this sadhana practice together with mindfulness-awareness and our previous Shambhala practices. This Assembly will integrate study, practice, and community, and will expand our inquisitiveness and understanding of the Shambhala Buddhist teachings.

Whole Family Programming

Inspired by the growing movement to create more “whole family” oriented programming within Shambhala, Shambhala NYC aims to accommodate everyone on the path, including those with children. During this program, an Enlightened Children's Program is being offered for children of participants.

Study Preparation

To prepare the program in July, accepted students will participate an Enlightened Society Assembly Preparation course on Shambhala Online. A link to register for the course will be provided in your acceptance letter. The cost of the course is $35 General / $50 Patron. The course will also provide additional resources and materials.

How to Apply

Applications are due May 25th, 2018. Space is limited, so apply early to reserve your cushion!


Note: You don't need to complete your prerequisites before appyling, but you must complete them to attend in July.

  • Rigden Weekend (the culimnation of Shambhala Training, offered in NYC June 22-24.)
  • One Weekthun (Offered at Karme Choling in Vermont, April 7-15, or Sky Lake in upstate New York, June 22-29)

Application Requirements:
  • Completed application form
  • One recommendation from a Shambhala Teacher
  • Membership at your local Shambhala Center (learn more about membership at Shambhala NYC here)


  • Full Tuition: $1,080 (includes Materials Fee)
  • Patron Tuition: $1,280 (includes Materials Fee)

Tuition includes all materials you will receive during the program. Meals are not included in the program cost, with the exception of two festive dinners and a daily tea snack. Participants will need to provide for their own food. We'll be happy to point you to our favorite food spots in the neighborhood - there are many to choose from.

Upon acceptance, participants must submit a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the tuition, with the balance due by June 15, 2018.

A limited number of scholarships are available to attend Enlightened Society Assembly for those facing financial difficutly. To apply for a scholarship, please indicate your financial need when you complete your application.

Other ways to get help with your tuition: Many students use crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe or The Offering Bowl to fundraise for their tuition and travel expenses. On these sites, you can start a petition and ask others to chip in toward your tuition. If you plan to bring what you learn at Enlightened Society Assembly to work with you, consider asking your employer for scholarship. Many employers offer tuition benefits for programs that build your skills.

Source: ny.shambhala.org

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