Shambhala Training Level III Weekend Retreat
with David Sable
January 17 / 7:00 PM - January 19 / 6:00 PM
“Shambhala vision teaches us that, in the face of the world’s greatest problems, we can be heroic and kind at the same time. Shambhala vision is the opposite of selfishness. When we are afraid of ourselves and afraid of the seeming threat the world presents, then we become extremely selfish. We want to build our own little nests, our own cocoons, so that we can live by ourselves in a secure way. But we can be much more brave than that.”
– Chogyam Trungpa
In level III, we make an effort to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated during our meditation practice into all aspects of our daily life. When we become awake to our sense perceptions, we can venture into the world with confidence and a vulnerability that is fearless, gentle, and alive.
The warrior in the world leaves the stuffiness of the cocoon to explore the world with direct perception. This can be the beginning of a life-long love affair with the phenomenal world – not based on the reference points of hope and fear, gain and loss. Along this journey we develop genuine confidence, humour and personal dignity.
Prerequisite: Level II: Birth of the Warrior
David Sable, PhD, was trained and authorized in 1975 as a meditation teacher by the renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Chogyam Trungpa, served as the Director of the Washington, DC Shambhala Center for eight years, and continues to teach in Halifax, where he was appointed as a Shastri (senior teacher) by the Sakyong in 2010. Outside Shambhala Centers, David is a training and education consultant who specializes in applying mindfulness practices to listening, inquiry and dialogue as tools for research and innovation. He has led interactive and engaging workshops in this specialty for the Young Presidents Organization, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Authentic Leadership in Action Institute (ALIA), the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in Canada, and most recently, Credit Suisse in the U.S. David is also a part-time professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has presented his own research on the impacts of reflective practices on learning at numerous academic conferences, published several peer-reviewed journal articles, and contributed a chapter for a textbook on Transformative Learning in Online Education.