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The Warrior of Perky

December 3 @ 10:00 am - December 4 @ 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles

USD 150


Prerequisite for this program: completion of MEEK

a Hybrid program (via Zoom with in-person option at Sonoma Shambhala)
Presented by Sonoma Shambhala Center and Berkeley Shambhala Center

“Perky does not mean that one is perked up by temporary situations, but it refers to unconditional cheerfulness, which comes from ongoing discipline.”
— Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

At this point in the Sacred Path, The Four Dignities (Meek, Perky, Outrageous, and Inscrutable) engage a warrior’s maturing and widening sphere of benevolent engagement in the world. The training allows one to maintain awareness and delight at each stage.

The Warrior of Perky, symbolized by the lion, is the second of the four dignities. Perky focuses on cultivating sharp, vibrant, and uplifted energy through natural discipline. Overcoming the trap of doubt, the warrior of perky is able to accomplish his or her activities with a sense of nobility and ease.

Repeaters welcome and encouraged! We invite you to join us to review and re-experience these teachings!


Our Teachers

photo of Jesse MillerJesse Miller is a long-time student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and has also studied with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön. He has taught widely at centers on the West Coast, New Zealand, and Australia.




photo of Joanne Martin BraunJoanne Martin Braun has been a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche for four decades. Since first studying with Trungpa Rinpoche she has been in love with the Shambhala teachings on cultivating mindfulness, compassion, and wisdom to affect the way we are in our world together.

Even with all of life’s ups and downs, Joanne finds the Shambhala teachings extremely inspiring and helpful, and has tried to practice them in her family, community, and work life. Her professional activities over the years have been in counseling, nonprofit management, and teaching meditation in business and healthcare settings. Joanne lives in Sonoma California with her husband Lou and their dog Caia.


photo of Irv KirschbaumIrv Kirschbaum has been a practitioner, meditation instructor, teacher and administrator in Shambhala since 2007. A student of the Sakyong Lineage and Pema Chödrön, he delights in sharing the dharma with others, and currently also serves the Shambhala organization in a variety of governance roles. A part-time Early Music musician and a full-time Human Resources professional within Healthcare, the Life Sciences and Technology for more decades of his life than not, he currently lives in the wooded hills near Lake Berryessa in Napa County, California with his husband Paul and their beloved American Bobtails, Maximillian and Esmeralda.


This program is hybrid — offered both online via Zoom and in-person at Sonoma Shambhala.  Zoom meeting info will be provided to registrants within the week prior to the program. Those who will be participating in-person at Sonoma will need to provide proof of COVID vaccination and booster (this info may be updated as we hear further news of the COVID variant).

Prerequisite for this program: completion of Sacred Path Meek

Questions? Please contact the program coordinators Christina & Gregor Nelson



zoom logoABOUT ZOOM  This program will be presented on the Zoom platform. It is available for computers, smart phones, and tablets. You will need to download the free app on your device before joining the session. Once it’s loaded, click the link and follow the prompts to join the session.

Please join us at least 5-10 minutes in advance so that you’re set up when the program begins. And, make certain that your mic is muted when you join to avoid background noises which are multiplied with many participants.

The Warrior of Perky

Sat December 3 & Sun December 4: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Prerequisite: completion of The Warrior of Meek


  • $150  Program Price
  • $175  Patron Price — this amount allows us to offer a “Reduced Price” option for those who are not in a position to pay the full program price at this time 
  • $75  Reduced Price
  • $  50  Repeater


Other cost options (see details on registration page)
GBP 175
GBP 50
GBP 75


December 3 @ 10:00 am America/Los_Angeles
December 4 @ 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles
USD 150
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Sonoma Shambhala Meditation Center
415 412 8570
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Hybrid Program: In-Person and Online – Sonoma
255 W Napa St., Ste. #G
Sonoma, CA 95476 UNITED STATES
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415 412 8570
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