Program Details

Shambhala Training Level I: Art of Being Human

with Ethan Nichtern
June 8 / 9:00 AM - June 9 / 3:00 PM

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art Of Being Human

"By simply being on the spot, your life can become workable and even wonderful"- Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Shambhala Training is a secular path of spiritual training that develops fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentle action in the world. This action arises out of meditation practice and the study of Shambhala Warriorship.

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

Level I: The Art of Being Human, is suitable for those with little or no meditation practice, as well as practitioners who wish to integrate mindfulness practice with their daily lives. Engaging the mind, we glimpse the world's magic without conceptual filters, and begin to discover a basic goodness, which is always present.

The program, taught by Shastri Ethan Nichtern, will include: meditation instruction, teaching talks, private interviews with meditation instructors, group discussion, meals, and lots of meditation practice.

The Austin Shambhala Center is delighted to once again host visiting teacher Shastri Ethan Nichtern. Please join us for a stimulating evening of public talk and discussion. All are welcome to attend this public event.

Ethan Nichtern is a Shastri, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. He is the
author of the novel Your Emoticons Won’t Save You and the acclaimed dharma book One City: A
Declaration of Interdependence. He has been featured on CNN and NPR to discuss Buddhism and
meditation in the 21st Century, and his writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, Tricycle
Magazine, and numerous other publications. 

Cost: $125.00 ($50 for repeat participants) Generosity Policy: if money is tight and you want to attend, please contact Lauren Newton at to make payment arrangements prior to registration. If money is abundant, please consider paying more to help cover costs.

It is very helpful to our planning when you register a week or more in advance. You can pay online or when you arrive for the class. 

REGISTRATION HAS BEEN CLOSED! We apologize for the inconvenience, but the program has reached capacity and we are no longer accepting registrations. We will be offering a wait list the morning of the program. If you would like to see if we have any no-shows the day of, please arrive at 8:30 on Saturday morning to find out if we have last minute space available. This will be first come, first served. Please keep in mind we are also offering another Level I in September. Feel free to go ahead and register for that program at

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