Program Details

Enlightened Society Internship Program

with Cody McGough & Mery Miguez
August 22 / 5:00 PM - August 22 / 7:00 PM

The Enlightened Society Internship Program at Sharchen Dzong

Enlightened or awake society begins with personal transformation, training and leadership from each individual. By awakening our own bravery and compassion and working with others we can bring tremendous benefit to this world.

The Enlightened Society Internship Program is a Shambhala Buddhist leadership training program emphasizing the path of profound service and community engagement. Interns sign up for five-month periods, offering eight to fifteen hours of service to the center a week. In return they receive monthly leadership training workshops, a bi-weekly study group, a Shambhala mentor and free programs at the center.

Internship Positions include event hosting, program coordination and department assistants.

Check-Ins and Study Group takes place every other Thursday at 5:00 PM. Study emphasizes the connection between the Shambhala teachings and service as path.

Leadership Training Sessions are taught by senior Bay Area Shambhala teachers and take place once a month on Saturdays from 9 to 4 at the San Francisco and Berkeley Shambhala Centers.

Topics include:
The Six Ways of Ruling
Taking Leadership As the Path
Creating Uplifted Environments
Organization and Team Building
Creative Process
Working With Wealth
Mindful Communication
Conflict Resolution and Diversity Awareness

How does it work?
As an intern you commit to eight to fifteen hours of community service to the center a week, checking in every other Thursday at 5 PM for a group discussion, study and work meeting. Additionally, we offer one Saturday training each month on the art of leadership. Interns commit to daily meditation practice, participation in community events like open houses, and a curriculum of ongoing study.

As an intern you receive mentoring and guidance by a meditation instructor on the path of service and leadership as well as free programs at the center.

Who is it for?
The internship program is for anyone interested in deepening their meditation practice, strengthening their leadership skills and contributing to creating Enlightened Society at the SF Shambhala Center.

What Participants Are Saying
Being a part of the internship program has enriched both my experience with the community and my practice. It opened up a new world of learning and conversation that I know will have an lifelong impact. The internship program is an intimate way to experience the Sangha, offering the opportunity to learn with and from one another.

Being part of the internship program was a valuable experience. It allowed me to increase my volunteering opportunities at the Center. I became very comfortable with the group and working with the other interns, and we were able to work together to support the Center and learn more about its inner-workings. The leadership component, along with the mentoring of Cody and Mery, gave me confidence to apply the principles of Shambhala to the other areas of my life where I am a leader, and to approach those situations differently, and more thoughtfully than I had in the past.

The next internship program begins with orientation on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 and ends after the Winter Weekthun on January 1st, 2014. Participation is limited to fifteen participants.

To apply please send a letter of interest to our Volunteer Coordinator, Mery Miguez, volunteer [at] sfshambhala [dot] org



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