Program Details

Shambhala Training Level One: The Art of Being Human

with Samten Kobelt
February 22 / 7:00 PM - February 23 / 6:00 PM

The Art of Being Human

Discovering basic goodness in the world and ourselves

With Shastri Samten Kobelt

Friday 22 February           7 - 9 pm

Saturday 23 February      8.30 am – 6 pm


Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human marks the beginning of the Shambhala Training path of weekend workshops, and is suited to both new and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is the basis of a secular path of meditation, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life.   Shambhala Training is the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship, the tradition of human bravery and leadership. This path shows how to take the challenges of daily life into our modern society as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.

This first weekend retreat (Friday night and Saturday full day) focuses on the basic yet profound technique of mindfulness meditation. By settling our minds, we begin to see the magic of the world beyond our habitual filters, and experience the quality of basic goodness which can neither be created nor destroyed.   Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

In addition to meditation practice, the weekend includes talks by one of our senior instructors, one-on-one and group meditation instruction and discussions.  Breakfast is provided (please advise if you are not attending for breakfast), and the weekend ends with a reception.

The fee for the programme is $110.  The discounted rate* is $55.  If you are re-taking, the fee is $50.

Note*   The discounted rate is offered to enable those in financial hardship to attend.  In line with our principle of generosity, no-one should be prevented from taking a programme because of lack of money.  If you require further assistance, please talk to us


Please register your interest by email to Anya Zvezdina:

Please secure your place by pre-paying a 50% deposit:
Online: to the Shambhala bank account: 123015060532100.  Please reference with your surname and ‘Level 1’
Cheques: crossed, and made out to Auckland Shambhala Buddhist Trust can be posted to Shambhala Level One, 19 Nandana Drive, Glen Eden, Auckland.

For further information contact Paul Turvey (Co-ordinator) on 021 809 756 or


Shastri Samten Kobelt

Shastri Samten Kobelt grew up in Switzerland where he met with the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa in 1984.  He is a senior Shambhala teacher and also a gigong instructor trained by Taoist lineage holder, Eva Wong.   He has been a meditation practitioner since 1986, a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1991, and a teacher since 2002. Samten is co-director of Marpa House, an urban Shambhala practice residence in Boulder, Colorado.  He also enjoys teaching body-centered mindfulness practices including Shamatha Yoga and contemplative dance.

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