Program Details

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Helen Bennett & Rodger Pool
April 19 / 7:00 PM - April 21 / 5:00 PM

with Helen Bennett and Rodger Pool
Friday 19th  April      7 – 9 pm
Sat 20th and Sun 21st April    8.30 am to 5 pm

‘Situations become very real, quite real, and on the other hand, quite ordinary. Fear evolves into fearlessness naturally, very simply and quite straightforwardly’.
-Chögyam Trungpa

In this level we cultivate awareness of the styles of habitual patterns that we create and we work on the practice of fearlessness.  Meditation practice allows us to observe how we personally create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear.  These habits trap us and prevent us from experiencing the full potential of our lives.  Through meditation we begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness.  Participants are encouraged to notice the connection between their unwillingness to stay with the experience of fear, sadness or other challenging feelings and the creation of habitual patterns.  Much of the time we ignore our fundamental sanity and wakefulness.  Working with our mind and emotional states can help us in any activity in which we engage and lead to a sense of mindful, patient, inquisitive contentment.

The format of the weekend will involve meditation instruction and practice, talks on the Shambhala teachings, group discussions and personal interviews.

Prerequisite: This programme is open to everyone who has completed Shambhala Training Level One.

Early bird fee: (paid before 5 April):  $145                      Full fee:  $165          
Repeats and concessionary rate* $80.

Breakfast is included (please advise if you are not having breakfast) and a reception.
Please register by emailing Anya Zvezdina
*In line with our policy of generosity, nobody should be prevented from attending a programme due to financial hardship.  Please talk to us.

Helen Bennett
Helen is a senior Shambhala Buddhist practitioner and teacher and has been a part of the Auckland Shambhala community for 17 years.  She has studied under Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for 11 years and currently holds the Head Meditation Instructor role for the Auckland sangha.

Rodger Pool  
Rodger is a senior practitioner in the Auckland Shambhala sangha, former Centre Director, and a student of Sakyong Mipham.   He currently holds a regional position in Shambhala, as the Country Co-ordinator for New Zealand.

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