Program Details

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level 1 Weekend Retreat

with Cassell Gross
April 13 / 9:00 AM - April 14 / 6:00 PM

"The first principle of Shambhala vision is

 not being afraid of who you are"

—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of Shambhala Training

Discovering basic goodness in the world and ourselves.
Through the practice of meditation, we begin to glimpse that goodness is the unconditional ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

This weekend workshop will include meditation instruction, sitting and walking meditation, discussion groups, talks, and question and answer sessions. The Art of Being Human is the first of a series of five weekend workshops. This weekend retreat is open to the public.

The Weekend Retreats
The weekend retreats are opportunities to deepen one’s practice of meditation in a powerful environment that meets the needs of a work-week and family life. Rather than having to go away for meditation experience, we provide these trainings right here in the city.

Within each module, the courses or weekend retreats are designed to be taken sequentially. For example, within the Shambhala Training weekend retreats, participants progress from level I through Level V in sequence.

All are welcome to participate. The Way of Shambhala is open to people of all religious backgrounds or no religious background. It is recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as those looking to enrich their personal spiritual path and social action in the world.

There are no prerequisites for this class.  People will be asked to make a donation in lieu of a set fee for the program.  Our intent is to share the Shambhala Buddhist teachings with all who are interested, regardless of financial considerations. As a result we have adopted a by-donation policy. 

This program is now full.  If you're interested in participating in the future, please sign up on our mailing list or email us at to be notified when it is offered again.  Thank you!

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