Program Details

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I


with Eric Spiegel
August 23 / 7:00 PM - August 25 / 6:00 PM

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 this training in local communities.


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. You may begin with any of the first three modules listed above.


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.


Acharya Eric Spiegel is among a small number of Western teachers empowered by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as a senior teacher (Acharya) representing the Shambhala lineage.  He has been teaching the Shambhala Dharma since the mid 1970s. Eric has worked extensively with the ill and dying (beginning with AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s), helping them to realize their natural wisdom in the face of impermanence, and has had a decades-long career in finance.  He lives in a very old house in rural New York State.


There are no prerequisites for this class.


Price
$190, $90 Full-time students, $90 To repeat the level
Membership discounts apply. For financial aid or work-study please contact Mery at volunteer [at] sfshambhala [dot] org at least a week in advance. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Contact
Brad: bradcazden [at] gmail [dot] com

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