Ccord 2016 copy




My private practice of shamatha goes back ten years, but my formal study and practice with the Shambhala dharma began six years ago, while I was attending graduate school. I immediately immersed myself up to my very ears and attended all of the training and study programs that I could manage to attend - gradually completing the Way of Shambhala programming, up to and including the Golden Key Weekend, the Basic Goodness series, and two in-city weekthün retreats. I also had the opportunity to be accepted for Meditation Guide training, which I completed in the Winter of 2016.

Since then, my practice has mainly focused on Shambhala Meditation, shamatha-vipissana and löjong, providing others basic individual instruction in meditation as a Shambhala Guide, and helping with the monthly Shambhala Sadhana at the Ottawa Centre.


I am a teacher, a freelance editor, a recently graduated graduate student, and a reasonably sensible bundle of skandhas, presently inhabiting space in Ottawa and returning to school in September to study Sanskrit and ancient languages. With the help of the sangha, a little prajna, and a bit of ziji, I'm aspiring to bring these all together in some profound way to advance both the dharma and the mandala.

Main teachers

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Acharya Richard John


I am hoping to raise funds in order to attend Enlightened Society Assembly at Karmê Chöling from August 12-22, and thereby to deepen my practice and progress along the educators' path within the Shambhala tradition. I hope that by doing so, I can be of greater assistance within my meditation centre and community, by helping to staff and direct a wider array of course offerings and programs.


To dedicate my practice over the course of assembly to the generosity of those who offer their support and encouragement. And to keep them in mind as an example!

Also, to dedicate to them any poems that pop into my mind-stream during the occasion. :-)

Cost breakdown

ESA Program Costs + Basic Accommodation on Shrine Room Floor (after scholarship) = $400.00
ESA Materials = $70.00
Pre-ESA Online Discussion Forum, Materials and Live Session with Teachers = $57.00
Other Fees = $40.00

Funding until

20 August 2017 (Ended)

Amount Requested





Recent donations

  • - David Fowler


  • - Brittan Fell

  • Wishing you all the best, Colin.

    - Cathy Baerg


  • - David Fowler


  • This is wonderful !!!

    - Anonymous


  • - Debra Lynkowski


  • ESA will be wonderful. Yay Colin!

    - Loretta Colton


  • May your mind be one with the dharma!

    - Heather Anderson

  • So great that you will be going to ESA!

    - Bozica Costigliola


  • Congratulations on going this year! This is great news.

    - Sarah Shima

  • I trust your campaign will be successful and looking forward to connecting with you at ESA

    - Marty Janowitz

  • Good luck Colin! I know you will use your time on this program well.

    - Gerard Hartley