Upcoming Shambhala Training Programs

The Heart of Warriorship
Shambhala Training
Level I:
The Art of Being Human

This weekend program includes instruction in sitting and walking meditation, group discussion, personal interviews, and talks by the director.
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Shambhala Training Glossary

This glossary is compiled from the writings and teachings of the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his students. To study these teachings in depth, one may attend Shambhala Training weekends and read Trungpa's book, "Shambhala, Sacred Path of the Warrior", from which the material in this glossary is derived.
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Shambhala Training

Shambhala Training is the path of study and practice of Shambhala warriorship — the tradition of human bravery, not being afraid of who you are. This path shows how to take the challenges of daily life in our modern society as opportunities for contemplative practice. Shambhala Training is inspired by the ancient legend of the Kingdom of Shambhala, said to be an enlightened society based on gentle and fearless action.

A basic truth of the Shambhala teachings is that we all want to lead sane, dignified and confident lives, and that this is possible. If we look directly at our own experience, we can discover a continuity of wakefulness underlying all the changing conditions. This wholesome, wakeful presence enables us to experience our lives fully and directly. In Shambhala Training, this is referred to as "basic goodness."

The practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation taught in Shambhala Training programs enables us to look precisely at our state of mind without trying to alter it. This practice cultivates openness toward ourselves and our environment, moment by moment. When we practice openness our lives can be a journey of wakeful and genuine existence. The Shambhala teachings recognize that the truth of innate human wisdom and basic goodness does not belong to any one religion or doctrine. We can appreciate all genuine contemplative paths, whether they stem from the great religions, the arts or from native spirituality. The Shambhala teachings recognize, however, that this wisdom arises only when the grasping and confusion of ego is stilled through continuous commitment to a contemplative discipline.

Shambhala Training is a secular program with an emphasis on how we develop genuine confidence, humor and personal dignity within the complexity of our lives today. It consists of a series of five sequential weekend programs (levels), called The Heart of Warriorship, and provides a foundation in meditation practice. Each weekend program includes meditation practice & instruction, discussion, and talks. An advanced series, The Sacred Path is available after completion of the The Heart of Warriorship. There is no requirement to commit beyond each level.

The Heart of Warriorship series includes:

Level I: The Art of Being Human
Level II: Birth of the Warrior
Level III: Warrior in the World
Level IV: Awakened Heart
Level V: Open Sky

The Sacred Path series includes:
• Great Eastern Sun
• Windhorse
• Drala
• Meek
• Perky
• Outrageous/Inscrutable
• Golden Key

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Any questions concerning Shambhala Training may be directed to our Shambhala Training Resident Director at:

Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, D.C.
3520 Connecticut Ave NW  |  Washington, DC 20008  |  202.787.1526

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