The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level 1 Weekend Retreat
with Ethan Nichtern February 8 / 7:00 PM - February 10 / 2:00 PM
Discovering basic goodness in the world and ourselves. Through the practice of meditation, we begin to glimpse that goodness is the unconditional ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.
This weekend workshop will include meditation instruction, sitting and walking meditation, discussion groups, talks, and question and answer sessions. The Art of Being Human is the first of a series of five weekend workshops. This weekend retreat is open to the public.
The Weekend Retreats The weekend retreats are opportunities to deepen one’s practice of meditation in a powerful environment that meets the needs of a work-week and family life. Rather than having to go away for meditation experience, we provide this training in local communities.
Within each module, the courses or weekend retreats are designed to be taken sequentially. For example, within the Shambhala Training weekend retreats, participants progress from level I through Level V in sequence. You may begin with any of the first three modules listed above.
All are welcome to participate. The Way of Shambhala is open to people of all religious backgrounds or no religious background. It is recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as those looking to enrich their personal spiritual path and social action in the world.
There are no prerequisites for this class.
Ethan Nichtern Ethan Nichtern is a Shastri, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. At 33, he is currently the youngest empowered Senior Teacher in the global Shambhala community. He is is the author of the novel, Your Emoticons Won’t Save You and the acclaimed dharma book One City: A Declaration of Interdependence. He is also the founder of the Interdependence Project a nonprofit organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, integral activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media. In 2011 he stepped down as the founding director of IDP to pursue teaching and writing full-time.
For the past 10 years, Ethan has taught meditation and Buddhist psychology classes and workshops around New York City and the United States. He primarily studies in the Shambhala tradition under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, but has also studied Theravadan and Soto Zen Buddhism. He is also an avid yoga practitioner.
He is on the part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College at New School University and has lectured at Brown, Wesleyan, Yale and New York Universities, as well as at Shambhala and other meditation/yoga centers and conferences around the country and world.
Ethan has been featured on CNN and NPR to discuss Buddhism and meditation in the 21st Century. His writing has been featured on The Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Tricycle Magazine, BuddhaDharma Magazine, Reality Sandwich, as well as other online publications.
Price $190, $90 Full-time students, $90 To repeat the level. Membership discounts apply. For financial aid or work-study please contact Mery at volunteer [at] sfshambhala [dot] org at least a week in advance. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.