Program Details

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human


with John Cobb
May 31 / 7:00 PM - June 2 / 1:00 PM

The Friday night talk is free and open to the public.


Shambhala Training Level I includes instruction on meditation, periods of meditation practice, talks by the director, individual meetings with teachers, discussions with other participants, and a concluding reception.


Through the practice of meditation, we begin to glimpse that goodness—rather than confusion—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. Shambhala Training is a path to develop the dignity of being human, using meditation as a means to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness toward ourselves and our world.


Level One is the first in a series of five weekend retreats. Each retreat is followed by a weekly class that expands upon what was offered in the weekend and brings the practice into everyday life. The course Meditation In Everyday Life accompanies Level I. 


Participants are encouraged to go to lunch together on Saturday (generally from noon-1:30pm).


NO prerequisite. 




The course Meditation in Everyday Life is recommended either before or after Level I. Please click here for a full description and chart of the Way of Shambhala.


The Way of Shambhala is composed of Shambhala Training Levels I-V, each followed by a five-week course. This series provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation and is designed to develop courage and sanity in these troubled times of uncertainty. Meditation in Everyday Life is the first of the five courses, which follow each level of Shambhala Training.


Over the course of a year, the Way of Shambhala introduces the entire Shambhala path. This series offers a glimpse of the Shambhala vision of enlightened society by emphasizing the ways in which meditation can impact our daily lives, and from there, how the sanity of meditation can expand to impact our community and our whole society.



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