Program Details

Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

with Holly Gayley
February 22 / 7:00 PM - February 24 / 6:00 PM

In Shambhala Training Level IV, we learn how to awaken and open our hearts so that we can communicate fully with the world. Rather than using our experiences as an occasion to re-generate habitual patterns, we can use them as reminders to further wake up. When we allow ourselves to meet the world without hope and fear we find resources of steadiness and energy.

Shambhala Training is a path of meditation emphasizing the development of genuine confidence. Each level includes meditation training and practice, talks by the director, individual meetings with a meditation instructor, and group discussions.

Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level III. It is recommended for Way of Shambhala participants to have taken 'Joy in Everyday Life.'

Shambhala weekends are structured to offer participants teachings as well as an in-depth meditation retreat.  Attendance is required for the Friday night talk and for each session of the program. Participants cannot register on Saturday morning if they have not attended Friday evening.

For Way of Shambhala participants, the course 'Fearlessness in Everyday Life' follows this level. Therefore, by the time one is taking this level, one would have taken the first three courses: 'Meditation in Everyday Life,'  'Contentment in Everyday Life,' and 'Joy in Everyday Life.'

The Way of Shambhala series provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation and is composed of Shambhala Training Levels I-V, each followed by a five-week course. The series is designed to be applied to the complexity of our daily lives, and to develop courage and sanity in these troubled times of uncertainty. 'Fearlessness in Everyday Life' is the fourth of the five courses and follows this Level IV.

Over the course of a year, the Way of Shambhala introduces the entire Shambhala path. It 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 whole society.

The Way of Shambhala curriculum was designed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche based on the Shambhala Teachings of his father, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Shambhala Path emphasizes the development of genuineness, confidence, good humor, and personal human dignity. 

The entire Way of Shambhala Series is directed by experienced Shambhala teachers.

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