Program Details

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training, Level I

with Kunga Dawa (Richard) Arthure
November 23 / 7:00 PM - November 24 / 7:00 PM

The Art of Being Human is the first in the series of Shambhala Training weekends and the first program in the new Way of Shambhala curriculum.

In The Art of Being Human, 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.

The program includes meditation instruction, talks, periods of meditation practice, and discussion. It is a companion course to the first Way of Shambhala course Meditation in Everyday Life.

About Shambhala Training

Shambhala Training is a progressive series of weekend workshops that uses the wisdom of meditation to introduce students step-by-step into the path of working with one's mind in the context of everyday life. This program is secular and nonsectarian, founded on the basic principle that the practice of meditation can help people of all walks of life and followers of any spiritual tradition become more awake in their own lives and more compassionate and courageous with the world around them.


  • Friday, November 23, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9pm

  • Saturday, November 24, 2012 - 9am to 7pm. (Optional 8:30am start for coffee/tea and muffins)

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Please note that level 1 students are welcome to attend the Sunday November 25 program called "Cultivating Natural Wakefulness" for free!


About Kunga Dawa

Kunga Dawa (Richard Arthure) was the first Westerner trained by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche as a meditation instructor and has taught Buddhism for many years. He also received several empowerments and direct teachings from the Sixteenth Karmapa at Rumtek in Sikkim. In 2003, he completed the traditional three-year retreat. Kunga Dawa is the author of a book of poems, Bone Ornaments and Mirrors, and a forthcoming book, Confusion into Wisdom.

Note: If you cannot afford to pay the full program fee, see our generosity policy.

Online Registration

Please register for this program in advance by clicking on the "Click here to register" link below. After filling out the online registration form, you will have the option of paying online through PayPal using your credit card or PayPal account.  If you prefer not to pay online, you can pay by cash or cheque at the beginning of the program.

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