Sacred Path: Great Eastern Sun & Windhorse

with Shastri Jerry Webster, Jonathan Kirkendall, Scott Perkins

February 9th—March 5th

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  • $300.00 Patron
  • $240.00 Sustaining
  • $190.00 Subsidized
  • $50.00 Students and Retakes
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Room: Small Shrine Room

Sacred Path Pilot – A Community Study of the Living Shambhala Terma

The Letter of the Black Ashe: Sacred Path
Great Eastern Sun & Windhorse


The first of a four part series: The Letter of the Black Ashe: Sacred Path. This pilot is an opportunity to engage as a community in the study of this Shambhala root text. The prerequisite for this program is Primordial Rigden: Unconditional Confidence. It is also open to everyone who has already received The Letter of the Black Ashe.

This pilot offers a new and fresh way to experience the Sacred Path teachings previously offered in weekend programs—Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse, Drala, Meek & Perky, and Outrageous & Inscrutable. We are delighted to bring this innovative and societal format to Washington, DC.

This four part series completes the Sacred Path requirement.

Great Eastern Sun & Windhorse: February 9 – March 5
Drala: March 31 – April 23
Meek & Perky: Dates TBD
Outrageous & Inscrutable: Dates TBD

The intention and purpose of this pilot program is to deepen one’s relationship to the terma text The Letter of the Black Ashe and to explore the practices of windhorse and connection to drala.

This new format of weekly and daylong gatherings, instead of weekend levels, was developed and successfully piloted by Acharya Susan Chapman in Vancouver. We warmly invite all Sacred Path students and tantrikas to enage this new approach to the Sacred Path.


This series begins with the teachings from the Great Eastern Sun and Windhorse levels of the Sacred Path.

Between 1976 and 1980, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche received four Shambhala treasure teachings, or terma. In Great Eastern Sun & Windhorse, participants receive and study one of these texts, The Letter of the Black Ashe, as well as Trungpa Rinpoche's extensive commentaries.

Participants also receive the instruction for a practice to open one's heart and connect on the spot with one's innate confidence. This practice is a way of bringing about skillful and heartfelt social engagement, enabling the warrior to go forward in the midst of whatever challenge might occur.

Materials (for new students):

  • $55 for The Letter of the Black Ashe
  • $15 for Windhorse Sourcebook

For those who are repeating these Sacred Path levels and already have the materials, we recommend a suggested donation of $50.

Patron Price: Please register with the Patron Price if you are able. By offering a little more, you help make programs accessible to participants with less financial means. Thank you!

Sustaining Price: This price is the amount per participant required for the Shambhala Center to cover the costs of the program.

Subsidized Price: This price allows people with less financial means to attend programs at a discounted rate, supported by the contributions at the ‘Patron Price’ level.

Generosity Policy: Our Generosity Policy is an option for participants in unique situations for whom none of the above options are appropriate, and helps make programming available to all those who wish to participate. If the subsidized rate is prohibitive for you, the Generosity Policy allows you to offer as much of the fee as you can based on your individual circumstances. Please consider the value of the program and practice generosity at the level appropriate for you. To utilize the Generosity Policy, please email the Registrar at [email protected] before the program. We cannot accept Generosity Policy registrations at the door, so please make arrangements in advance.

If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected].