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Help individuals attend Being Brave, a powerful retreat exploring the power of goodness, bravery and compassion in creating enlightened society.
Megan Winecoff
United States
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This campaign is raising funds on behalf of Shambhala International Vajradhatu, a verified nonprofit. The campaign does not necessarily reflect the views of the nonprofit or have any formal association with it. All contributions are considered unrestricted gifts and can't be specified for any particular purpose.

Being Brave: Is Enlightened Society Possible?

In May 2014, hundreds of people will gather at the Crane Pavillion in Richmond, California to explore how meditation and contemplative practices can impact how we approach the global challenges faced today.  The Being Brave: Is Enlightened Society Possible? weekend retreat, led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chodron, explores important and impactful questions:

  • What does meditation practice offer to the pressing personal, social, and ecological challenges that we face?

  • How can we apply inner peace and bravery to develop outer compassionate action?

  • How can we open our hearts to meet fear with bravery?

  • How can we connect with the fundamental practice of compassion and the recognition of our shared humanity?

We need your support to ensure that everyone who wants to attend this powerful retreat is able to.  All donations are tax deductible.

Help everyone be able to attend!

Here, some of our scholarship applicants share their inspriations and aspirations for attending the Being Brave retreat:

I'm a composer living in Oakland, California.  The Shambhala teachings are the inspiring force for my creativity, but they are so much more than that.  The practice helps me to rest in my deep intuition and connect with the core of a musical idea. As a music teacher, the teachings help me to be present with, and truly hear, each student. Thank you for helping me attend this program with the Sakyong and Pema!                                   - Alex Van Gils

As I am the sole caregiver for my 2 elderly parents, both with dementia, I am constantly challenged to expand my capacity for loving kindness and compassion for myself and others. I hope to bring back renewed inspiration to continue to be present with the challenges of every-day life in a more compassionate and loving way.                - Suzanne Lichau

Since the revolution in Iran 1979 and witnessing my friends to be executed, I was looking for a answer to problems in the world. I have realized that the answer to problems does not come with aggression.

                                                                  - Anonymous Scholarship Applicant

My aspirations for the collective effect of this program is that each of us who are involved may attune to a place of compassion for our humanness and that this compassion be fuel to ignite our hearts into action that is sustainable and supportive of a more humane existence for all.

                                                                   - Lana Maree

For donations of $25 or more, your name will be entered into a raffle to win a Retreat and Renewal Weekend at the beautiful Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, CO.  The prize will entitle you to a private room in one of the Lodges, meals, a tour of the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, and access to mediation instruction, dharma talks, yoga classes through out the weekend.  This is a wonderful way to get away from the speed of everyday life and deepen your practice in a peaceful and powerful environment.

Our previous Being Brave retreats have been a huge success, with thousands of attendants touching in with their inherent wisdom and goodness and bringing that back into the world with them.

The Impact

During this retreat, participants will learn how to rouse strength and compassion in order to make a difference in their communities and in their own lives.  By touching in with the wisdom inherent in all humanity, we can relieve overhelm, transform fear, and inspire our hearts, our communities, organizations, cities and nations.

Other Ways You Can Help

Whether or not you can contribute financially to our campaign, please share our campaign with your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors! You can also share this indiegogo page on your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

To learn more about the Being Brave retreat, or to register, please visit www.creatingsociety.com.

Event Sponsorship:  If you know of someone who may want to sponsor the event, please contact Camren Von Davis at camrenvondavis@gmail.com

Remember, anyone who donates $25 or more, will be entered into our raffle to win a Retreat and Renewal weekend at Shambhala Mountain Center.

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    Raffle Entry

    Your name will be entered into a raffle to win a Retreat and Renewal Weekend at Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, CO. The prize will entitle you to a private room in one of the Lodges, meals, and variety of offerings that include a tour of the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, mediation instruction, dharma talks, and yoga classes through out the weekend. This is a wonderful way to get away from the speed of everyday life and deepen your practice in a peaceful and powerful environment.

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    Building Enlightened Society DVD featuring the talks of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche . "Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was a pioneer in bringing the Tibetan Buddhist teachings to North America and Europe. He introduced Shambhala Training in 1976. The view of these teachings is of a society guided by the principles of wisdom and compassion."

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    A better chance

    For donating $100, your name will be entered into the raffle 3 times, giving you a better chance at winning a wonderful weekend at Shambhala Mountain Center.

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    Something Special

    Your name will be entered into the raffle 5 times, you will receive a dvd of Building Enlightened Society, and good karma for life!!

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