Shambhala Training: Awakened Heart (Level IV)
with Louis Allen
July 12 / 7:00 PM - July 14 / 6:00 PM
Connecting with the world, and communicating with it more directly, permits us to experience our heart and the ways we respond to experience. Rather than using those responses as an occasion to re-generate habitual patterns, we can use them as reminders to wake up further. When we allow ourselves to meet the world in this way, without hope and fear, we find resources of steadiness and energy.
Basic goodness is very closely connected to the idea of bodhicitta in the Buddhist tradition. Bodhi means awake or wakeful and citta means heart, so bodhicitta is awakened heart. Such awakened heart comes from being willing to face your state of mind. That may seem like a great demand, but it is necessary. The sitting practice of meditation is the means to rediscover basic goodness, and beyond that, it is the means to awaken this genuine heart within yourself. ~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
When we enter the world in an open and vulnerable way, we let the world touch our heart, and our heart wakes up to the touch. We encounter the world with clear perception, free from our conventional ways of thinking and experiencing. In Shambhala Training Level IV, we learn how to awaken and open our hearts so that we can communicate fully with the world.
Prerequisite: Warrior in the World—Shambhala Training Level III.
The Way of Shambhala and the Shambhala Training programs offer a path of meditation emphasizing the development of genuine confidence. Each workshop includes meditation training and practice, talks by the director, individual meetings with a meditation instructor, and group discussions.
Like life, this schedule is subject to change.
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