Program Details

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Valerie Lorig
September 6 / 7:00 PM - September 8 / 1:00 PM

The Friday night talk is free and open to the public. Attendance at the talk on Friday night is required to continue with the rest of the weekend.

In Shambhala Training Level I the ancient wisdom of Shambhala comes alive in our daily existence. This first level presents the view that the world is sacred and basic goodness is our birthright. This is basic human wisdom that doesn't belong to any one culture or religious tradition - though it can be found in many of them throughout history. All humans can discover this goodness of human life and radiate that goodness into the world for the peace and sanity of others.

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. The first in a series of trainings, Level I includes instruction on meditation, talks by the director, individual meetings with teachers, discussions with other participants, and a concluding reception.

These workshops are recommended for new and experienced meditators, with an emphasis on applying the wisdom of meditation to our everyday lives.

No prerequisite. 


The course 'Meditation in Everyday Life' is recommended either before or after Level One.

Shambhala Training Levels I-V are each accompanied by a five-week course. This program series is called The Way of Shambhala, and provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation. These trainings are designed to help us develop confidence in our essential nature, and to feel our completeness as a living and breathing human being, especially in these troubled times of uncertainty.

'Meditation in Everyday Life' is the first of the five weekly courses. Please click here for a full description and chart of the Way of Shambhala.

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.

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

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