We are happy to announce the Meditation Instructors’ Gathering at Casa Werma, and encourage all Meditation Instructors to attend. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has requested that, throughout the Shambhala community, we emphasize meditation instruction as a focus of our work together. Specifically, he would like us to use this period of time to train and deepen in Shambhala Meditation by studying the text. Additionally, to prepare for the role of meditation instruction in a societal vision, he asks that we further develop skills of listening and inquiry. As he said, our role is “…not to teach the students something, but to help them discover something”.
The Meditation Instructors’ Gatherings will include study and contemplation of excerpts of the Shambhala Meditation Text, exploring the ways the qualities of gentleness, trust, and caring inform our entire approach to meditation (our own practice, as well as teaching meditation to others). Thus, meditation can be understood as an expression of appreciation for oneself, and the qualities of embodiment, relaxation, kindness and confidence can be communicated.
The Meditation Instructor Gathering will begin with dinner at 7PM on the 21st, and end the evening of the 25th. The 26th is a travel day.
Please plan to attend the entire program.
Must be a vajrayana student and a current Meditation Instructor
Must view or listen to the Sakyong's transmission of Shambhala Meditation at the online address to MIs March 2013.
Must have viewed Acharay Asrael's 2 online presentations December 2012, and January 2013 and continue to contemplate the lines from the text.
The Meditation Instructor Gathering will come at a significant added cost to Casa Werma, this is reflected in the pricing.
Full Program Fee: $420 USD, $5250 Mx
Patron Fee: $495 USD, $6200 Mx
Scholarship Range: $110 - 340 USD, $1430 - $4420 Mx
The price includes the program plus two meals a day. Accommodation is not included. Housing is available in all price ranges onsite and offsite.
Materials Fee: $35 USD, $450 Mx
Scholarships will be available based on need, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About Acharya Dale Asrael
Dale has taught as Core Faculty at Naropa University since 1992, in the M.A. Buddhist Studies, Contemplative Education, and Counseling programs, and is an Upadhyaya (Buddhist minister). She leads meditation retreats, dathuns, Sutrayana Seminaries, Ngondro Instructor trainings, and other programs internationally. In March of 2011, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed Dale the Dean of Meditation Instructor, asking her to be responsible for the compassionate activity of meditation instruction in the Shambhala manada. This includes the training, supervision, development, and support for actual meditation instruction path itself.