Acharya Richard John

An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Richard was appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2002. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and has for many years taught Maitri and other Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Richard and his wife Liz reside in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Events with Acharya Richard John

(Online) FACING DEATH WITH CURIOSITY: Meditation and the Bardos
May 14 - 17, 2022

Time is short. We know we will die but, amazingly, we rarely live as if that were true. Knowing that all things that arise will dissolve – every thought, every breath, every being – is the single most powerful thought on the path of dharma. It is the primordial fact of life, and the key to liberation. In this retreat we will practice deep meditation and contemplation, and study classic Buddhist teachings on the Six Bardos. There will be ample time to discuss the teachings and share our personal experience. “The only currency that has any value when we travel…

Bodhichitta Weekthün
August 5 - 13, 2022

This seven-day meditation intensive will focus on the mahayana teachings of bodhichitta, known as “awakened heart”– the mind of enlightenment. Mahayana, the “great vehicle,” challenges us to outgrow self-centered preoccupations, and develop the wisdom and compassion by which we can actually make a difference in the world. With emphasis on direct personal experience, our practice and conversations will be guided by some of the mind-training slogans of Lojong, and we will address these questions: What is the crucial first step? What does the experience of emptiness have to do with helping others? How do you know if you are progressing…

Maitri Five Wisdoms Weekend Retreat
September 23 - 25, 2022

Maitri, which means “kindness to oneself and others,” is a practice of self-acceptance, awareness, and openness to our individual ways of perceiving the world. Maitri Five Wisdoms is an interactive contemplative practice created by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, based on the traditional Buddhist principles and energies of the Five Buddha Families. Each of us possess all five energies. Depending on how awake we are to our fundamental nature, the energies may be expressed in ways that reflect our innate wisdom, or in ways that reveal our confusion. What to Expect In this weekend retreat, we will use the specific postures and…