Program Details

Shambhala Leadership Training Part I: Leadership as Path and Working with Wealth

with Amy Conway & Alan Schwartz
March 9 / 9:00 AM - March 9 / 4:00 PM

A day-long leadership training in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. This workshop will provide skills and trainings in support of the path of contemplative leadership. In the morning we will focus on taking leadership as part of one’s spiritual path. In the afternoon we will explore the art of working with wealth and resources from a Shambhala Buddhist perspective.

How we lead our lives in households and in families, at work and at play, publicly and privately, affects the health of an entire society. Join with leaders in Shambhala to explore our mutual commitment to creating a more sane society through principles of universal leadership.

Everyone is qualified to take leadership training, and it is not neccessary to take the trainings in sequence.

Leadership as Path will explore the Shambhala teachings on the Six Ways of Ruling: unique Shambhlala teachings on joining the "heaven" of view and inspiration with the "earth" of practical action.

Working with Wealth will explore how we work with wealth and manage resources, emphasizing the Shambhala view of perpetual abundance versus a mentality of poverty and want.

        9:00-10:00  Opening Chants and Sitting Meditation
       10:00-12:30  Leadership as Path Teachings and Workshop
       12:30-1:30  Lunch
       1:30-4:00  Working with Wealth Teachings and Workshop

This program is free to Shambhala Interns and Teachers. 
Membership discounts apply. For financial aid or work-study please contact Mery, volunteer [at] sfshambhala [dot] org, at least a week in advance. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 


Acharya Allen SchwartzAcharya Alan Schwartz became a student of Shambhala in 1970, when Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche first arrived and began to teach in North America. For four years he resided at Karme Choling and Maitri, both newly-founded meditation communities, until taking up residence in Boulder, where he founded numerous businesses.

In the 1980's, Alan served for five years as the principal executive officer of four 3-month seminary programs. It was during this period that he received his "basic training", working closely with Chogyam Trungpa on these seminal teaching events. During that time he was also appointed to serve as teacher-in-residence to Shambhala's San Francisco community, which he did for nine years. In 2010 he was appointed a Shastri, and appointed an Acharya in 2012. In 1989 Alan married Kerry Golemon Schwartz. They have raised two children, and continue to teach actively in the Bay Area under the guidance of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Alan is particularly inspired to serve under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's leadership and is inspired by his vision for social transformation, and in particular the application of profound Shambhala Buddhist teachings in areas of worldly impact, such as working with the energy of business and wealth, and transforming materialism to activity which benefits society.

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