The Wisdom of the Heart Sutra in Turbulent Times - Acharya Moh Hardin’s Annual Fall Teaching

with Acharya Moh Hardin

October 13th—October 14th

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  • $150 Program Price
  • $175 Patron Price
  • $30 Deposit
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Acharya Moh Hardin, Atlantic Canada’s much-loved senior Shambhala Buddhist teacher, returns to the Fredericton Shambhala Centre.

In this weekend program, we will practice and explore how the wisdom expressed in the Heart Sutra, one of Mahayana Buddhism’s most important teachings, directly applies as we experience current upheavals in our world and our Shambhala community.

It’s been said that it is always good to practice the Sutra of the Heart of Transcendent Knowledge, commonly called the Heart Sutra, but it is particularly potent in turbulent and confusing times. Great meditation masters have spent lifetimes understanding the meaning of emptiness expressed in this Sutra spoken by the bodhisattva of compassion Avalokiteshvara to Shariputra.

 The Heart Sutra is certainly not saying ‘it’s all empty, so it doesn’t matter.’  Rather this classic Sutra teaches how to uncover prajna, “a very clear, precise, and intelligent state of being that has a sharp quality, the ability to penetrate and reveal situations.”  Once revealed, then appropriate and compassionate action can arise.

This exploration of the Heart Sutra with Acharya Hardin in relation to current events will be of interest to all meditation practitioners. These principles are foundational to Shambhala Buddhism and all Mahayana Buddhist traditions.

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Program fee is $150. Patron price is $175 if you can help support others. Please don’t let finances be an obstacle as our generosity policy applies. If you need financial support, please let us know in advance and don’t hesitate to contact the program coordinator David Seabrook at [email protected]

Please register when you are confident you will be attending the program as this program often reaches maximum capacity. While you can pay the program fee on the Friday evening of the program, a small deposit (non-refundable 14 days or less prior to the program) to hold your cushion/seat is appreciated.

This program is intended for the Shambhala community, members and non-members, and those who consider themselves friends of the Shambhala community. In that sense, this is not a public program per se, but there are no prerequisites for the program.

On Saturday evening of the program, we traditionally go out to dinner as a group at a local restaurant. All who would like to attend are invited.

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Moh Hardin is the regional Shambhala Buddhist Acharya for Atlantic Canada. He is author of “The Little Book of Love.”

Acharya Hardin was born in South Carolina on April 10, 1944. The son of a Methodist minister, Moh grew up in the church. After graduating from Duke University with a B.A. in music, and completing alternative service as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, Moh dropped out and became a hippie. At the time, Moh considered himself an independent thinker who would never have a teacher. That was before an encounter with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche changed his mind: “His words were true to my experience…and he had nothing in it for himself.”

After helping establish the Berkeley Dharmadhatu, Moh served there as education coordinator until he was invited in 1979 to work in the Karme Choling practice and study department. In 1984, Moh and his family moved to Nova Scotia and set up an herb farm. After Moh’s wife Judith was diagnosed with cancer, they decided to move into Halifax. The years between ’87 and ’90 were marked by Judith’s journey toward death, a sad journey that was also inspiring because of the warriorship that Judith embodied.

Moh served as Director of the Halifax Shambhala Centre from 1991 to 2001. Currently he serves as Regional Acharya for the Atlantic Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, and the states of Texas and Louisiana. He visits the Shambhala Centers in these regions regularly, teaching and working with students.

In 1996, Moh married Cynde Grieve, and they live quite happily in Halifax with Justin, Cecily, and Cynde’s son, Evan. When Moh reflects on his dharma training, he thinks first of his good fortune to be able to attend six Vajradhatu Seminaries, as both student and teacher, where he was able to train directly under the guidance of Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Says Moh, “It doesn’t matter whether you are a participant or staff, you still go through the journey.”