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The Buddha Families—The Wisdom Energies Behind the Emotions

With Shastri Russell Rodgers

November 1 - December 6, 2017

Tibetans understand mind as a fundamentally aware, awake space that has the potential to manifest everything that we might experience. When this primordial mind first begins to express itself, it takes on tinges of energy that will later develop into thoughts and personality. Before that happens, the energy is essentially pure, awake, and unconfused. Nevertheless, that energy has developed distinct flavors.
The Buddha Families describe both the flavors of these wisdom energies and the confused modes of personality that occur when we solidify our experience into self and other. Knowledge of the Buddha Families cheers us up when we are afflicted with emotional states. We can actually begin the long process of looking into our emotional experience to find the wisdom states within.
Each of the 3 classes will be presented by members of the Kootenay Shambhala Centre as a means of learning to teach the dharma. Under the guidance of Shastri Russell Rodgers, a senior teacher with over 40 years of meditation experience, we will explore how our own wisdom energies effect our daily lives and how we can use them to wake up.


Shastri Russell Rodgers
Shastri Russell Rodgers became a student of Chögyam Trungpa in 1975. Shortly after that, he moved to the Kootenay region of British Columbia, where he has resided since. During that time he has occupied many administrative and teaching positions. He helped to create the Shambhala Centre’s retreat land, and had a large part in buying and renovating the new building for the Nelson Shambhala Centre. Before he retired, he managed a drop-in centre for people with mental illnesses. He has a wife and three grown children, two of whom live with their families in Asia. He was appointed Shastri (senior teacher)…
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