Saturated Awake: Radicalizing the Three Buddha Bodies

with Adam Lobel

March 18th—April 1st

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Three Thursdays, March 18 - April 1, 7-9pm

This class will be a 3-part inquiry into the Trikaya or Three Buddha Bodies. 

The first aspiration is to explore traditional accounts of the Buddha bodies (dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, nirmanakaya) in the sutras, tantra, Dzogchen and the Shambhala teachings, in part relying on modern historical scholarship. 

The second aspiration is to radicalize this teaching by extending the three bodies into ecosystems, psychology, and ethical action. How does our body, speech, and mind of wakefulness show up in our world of climate mutation, racial injustice, polarization, and intergenerational trauma, yet a world full of genuine beauty and magic? 

Drawing on the embodied practice of inquiry—a living curiosity that engages whatever is arising—the third aspiration is to draw upon the three bodies to help learn from the meltdown in Shambhala, and challenge the current pattern of bypassing in modern spirituality. 

All together the course eases into the inevitable immanence of wakefulness, a humble experience of non-duality pervading all phenomena, the sacred world


Class 1 (Re)Introducing the 3 Bodies 

Class 2: The Trikaya in Sutra, Tantra, Dzogchen

Class 3: Radicalizing and Bodying-forth Wakefulness 


Adam Lobel, PhD, is a practitioner-scholar of philosophy and religion and has served as a longtime teacher (acharya) in the Shambhala tradition. He would like to acknowledge with a full-heart the challenge of having been part of the leadership in Shambhala in the midst of the revelations of sexual abuse and abuse of power within our tradition. 

A speaker on ecology and spirituality at the United Nations, he was part of the first delegation of Buddhist teachers invited to the White House under President Obama. He leads ecodharma workshops called "Silent Transformations," has taught alongside Joanna Macy and others in the Ecosattva Training, is a Greenfaith fellow, and is active in ecopsychology, ecological, and social justice movements. Adam's teachings focus on Great Perfection Tibetan Buddhism, modern phenomenology, and inoperative studies (Heidegger, Foucault, Agamben).  As a founding practitioner-educator at the City of Bridges High School, he has a longstanding interest in progressive contemplative education and transformative pedagogy. A professor of Buddhist and phenomenological psychology, he is curious about a cultural therapeutics for our collapsing society. He remains attuned-to an awakened, just, terrestrial society. Adam teaches a critical style of contemplative training that seeks to avoid enclosure in neoliberal mindfulness while still disclosing effortless awareness.