Program Details

Regional MI Gathering

with Dale Asrael
January 24 / 6:00 PM - January 27 / 5:00 PM

Shambhala International is happy to announce the Meditation Instructors Gatherings for 2013, and encourage all Meditation Instructors to attend one of these events.Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has requested that, throughout the Shambhala community this year, we emphasize meditation instruction as a focus of our work together. Specifically, the Sakyong would like us to use this period of time to train and deepen in Shambhala Meditation by studying the text. Additionally, to prepare for the role of meditation instruction in a societal vision, he asks that we further develop skills of listening and inquiry. As he said, our role is not to teach the students something, but to help them discover something.

The Meditation Instructors Gatherings will include study and contemplation of excerpts of the Shambhala Meditation text, exploring the ways the qualities of gentleness, trust, and caring inform our entire approach to meditation (our own practice, as well as teaching meditation to others). Thus, meditation can be understood as an expression of appreciation for oneself, and the qualities of embodiment, relaxation, kindness and confidence can be communicated.

The Midwest MI Gathering, led by Acharyas Dale Asrael and Adam Lobel, will be held at the Chicago Shambhala Center, beginning on Thursday evening, January 24, 2013 at 6 pm and continuing through the day on Friday, through the evening on Satufday and ending on Sunday, January 27, at 5pm.

The Program fee is $250 for those who can afford this; $175 is offered as a discounted fee. The fee for scholarhship particants is $100. A $100 deposit is required at registration to hold your place. The fee includes materials.  A light dinner will be available on arrival and a light breakfast will be offered in the mornings. Lunches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are included as well as dinner before the evening session on Saturday.

Please include a message in the notes if you need the discounted fee or need to apply for the scholarship.

If you would like us to try to find housing for you with sangha members, please contact claudine mininni at

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