Program Details

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior


with Valerie Lorig & Dan Phillips
November 1 / 7:30 PM - November 3 / 6:00 PM

After discovering our basic tenderness and intelligence that arise through contacting our basic goodness, we also discover why we close down to our fundamental nature. Afraid of our brilliance, afraid of our own fear, we create a cocoon of habitual tendencies and interpretations that keeps us distracted. At the root, fear means the fear of death which means simply the death of “me”. Ego is the name for all the ideas, images, and feelings we have about who we are or want to be. It is also the root of fear. Stepping out of the cocoon of “me” is a slow process of learning about fear. Through relating properly and thoroughly to fear we discover that the way out is through the way in.


This is the second weekend retreat of the Way of Shambhala path of training. It pairs well with the course Contentment in Everyday Life.


Valerie Lorig, M.Ed, NCC, has been a practitioner of Buddhism and Shambhala since the 1970s and teaches nationally at Shambhala Centers.  She is influenced by Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche’s contemporary presentation of Buddhism in the West.   A teacher at Naropa University and therapist in private practice, she explores the union of meditative disciplines with contemplative psychology.


Valerie leads groups, classes, and workshops including: About Women: The Secret of Support; The Sacred Path of Relationship, Sex, and Love; Inseparable Union: Exploring Feminine and Masculine Principles; Contemplative Education and Art; and Mindfulness Awareness Meditation. She facilitates seminars on Health and Well-Being for corporations and participates in Bhutan’s Well-Being and Happiness conferences, including A New Economic Paradigm at the UN in 2011.


Dan Phillips is a Way of Shambhala teacher, Meditation Instructor and the Center Director of the Atlanta Shambhala Center.  He is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been a student of Buddhism since the 1990s.  He is an artist and a licensed architect.

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