Program Details

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Michael Ratener
September 14 / 9:00 AM - September 15 / 1:00 PM

Through the practice of meditation, we begin to glimpse the reality that goodness rather than confusion 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 program includes meditation instruction with periods of sitting and walking practice, formal talks, collaborative group discussions and individual meetings with a meditation instructor.

Based on ancient teachings that were brought to the West by Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Training weekends offer a way of living in the world with confidence, genuineness and creative expression based on the inherent wisdom that exists in every person. Attendees receive clear and precise methods for uplifting their personal experience and relationships with others.


The weekend will be taught by Mike Ratener has been a student on the Shambhala path for about 35 years. He's a psychiatrist, and started practicing and studying at our San Francisco Center the first week he began his psychiatry training. He said that what matters in his work more than anything else is that his patients come away from treatment experiencing the respect and friendliness for themselves that he learned from the Shambhala teachings.  


There is an early registration rate of $150 instead of $190 if you register AND PAY by September 6th.  $190 is our base or sustainable rate; those who can are warmly invited to pay that or our patron rate of $250 to help us to fund scholarships for those who cannot pay the full price.  No one who wishes to attend is turned away for lack of funds.  For more information or to make special financial arrangements please contact Tyler Thomspon at or 720-334-1637 To complete registration please continue to PayPal to make your secure online payment, or you may mail a check with Level I September/2013 in the memo line, made out to Berkeley Shambhala Center to:
Shambhala Training Berkeley Shambhala Center 2288 Fulton St. Ste 202 Berkeley, CA 94704. 
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