Golden Key

  • Philadelphia Shambhala Center Philadelphia Shambhala Center
  • 2030 Sansom St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
  • Jun 8 - 10, 2018 (3 days)
  • $310 Program Price, $335 Patron price, ($75.00 Material Fee included in each price.)

About us

Prerequisite: Sacred Path weekend retreats through Outrageous and Inscrutable.

Please note: Unlike most weekend programs, this program runs for a full day on Friday in addition to Saturday and Sunday. If attending this program, you will need to be available for a full day on Friday.

Program Description
Drawing wisdom from The Letter of the Golden Key, a Shambhala root text that addresses our relationship to the phenomenal world and our sense perceptions, we will learn the practice of enriching presence — the ability to instantly sense the inner wealth within ourselves, phenomena, and the natural world.

About the Teacher
Acharya Eric Spiegel grew up on Manhattan's Lower East Side in a lefty family that he describes as "fundamentalist atheists." In 1971 he met and became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He has worked in the financial sector for decades and in 2002 he left Wall Street to devote more time to teaching. The following year, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed him an Acharya, which means "senior teacher." He is the Acharya for the New York Shambhala Community and teaches and has students in NYC, around the US, and internationally. He has worked extensively with people facing death and with issues related to death and dying. He also works and teaches within the Shambhala tradition on developing a more awakened attitude toward wealth and money.

Travelers from out of town: If you have any questions about travel arrangments or a place to stay, please contact the coordinator for this program, Margaret Ervin margaretcortie[at]gmail[dot]com.

As noted above, there is a $75 materials fee. Students will receive The Letter of the Golden Key and the Golden Key Sourcebook.


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