Buddhist psychologist John Welwood coined the phrase “spiritual bypassing” to describe a common tendency to use spiritual teachings as a means to avoid, rather than engage fully with, our human relationships and experience. In this online retreat, senior Shambhala teacher Ethan Nichtern will explore Buddhist teachings on relationships, emptiness, and compassion in the context of a bodhisattva path that leads us directly into the details of worldly life, with all its struggles and insights.

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