Program Details

Way of Shambhala: The Art of Being Human (Level 1)


with Mark Blumenfeld
October 5 / 8:30 AM - October 6 / 2:00 PM

Class Description:


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


Shambhala Training is a secular meditation training that develops fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness towards ourselves and our world. These qualities arise out of meditation practice and study of Shambhala warriorship. Shambhala Training welcomes people of all religious traditions as well as those who do not follow a particular spiritual path.


In Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human, we will learn to experience the world as sacred and see basic goodness as our birthright. Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional basic goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.


This first weekend retreat of the Way of Shambhala series introduces participants to the practice of sitting meditation and to the basic principles of the Shambhala path of warriorship. There is a fundamental, good energy present in all of our experience, and this basic goodness, innate to the way things are, is our own inborn, unconditional nature as well.


The program includes meditation instruction, talks by the Director, group discussions, guided contemplative practice, and individual interviews with instructors.



Prerequisite:


None. This course is open to everyone.


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The Shambhala Meditation Center of Madison encourages program participants to pay what they can afford. People whose financial situation limits their ability to pay may contribute to the extent they are able. No one will be turned away for lack of payment.


Individuals who are not able to pay the full program fee should pre-register for programs online and indicate their request in the "notes" section provided.  It is not necessary to provide an explanation. Individuals may also request that the program coordinator contact them personally.

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