Buddhist Programs

Whether it's a Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies class, or a weekend program by a visiting teacher, we have ongoing offerings.
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Shambhala Buddhism

The Shambhala Buddhist path is based primarily on the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, but also includes elements from the Zen and Theravadin traditions, and is characterized by a strong emphasis on mindfulness-awareness practice. Programs are designed to deepen students' understanding and experience of buddhadharma in a gradual and systematic way. Group practice programs ensure that students can develop according to their own interests and commitments.

The Center offers a wide selection of classes and programs to introduce and to deepen understanding of Buddhism in the three yanas or vehicles, Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana. A formalized course of study, Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies, has been designed to provide a thorough and progressive understanding of the Buddhist path. It consists of a series of courses taken over a few years with each course usually including five classes and a practice intensive. You do not need to be a Buddhist to take our classes or programs.

Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies Curriculum

Introductory Course
Fearless Buddha, Peaceful Warrior
Saturday / Sunday

First Cycle
Taming the Mind
5 classes + 1 day intensive

Shamatha: Nine Stages
community weekend

Walking the Bodhisattva Path
5 classes + 1 day intensive

Maitri: Five Wisdom Energies
community weekend

Second Cycle
The Three Jewels
Saturday / Sunday

Bodhisattva Warrior: Six Paramitas
5 classes + 1 day intensive

Vipashyana: Four Foundations of Mindfulness
community weekend

Lineage & Devotion
5 classes + 1 day intensive

Third Cycle
Karma: Five Skandhas & Twelve Nidanas
5 classes + 1 day intensive

Union of Shamatha-Vipashyana
community weekend

5 classes + 1 day intensive

Sadhana of Mahamudra
community weekend

Fourth Cycle
Life of Buddha & History of Sangha
5 classes + 1 day intensive

Mahayana & the Bodhisattva Vow

5 classes + 1 day intensive

Journey Without Goal
5 classes + 1 day intensive

Learn more about the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies curriculum at the Shambhala International Website >

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