Program Details

Shambhala Training Level II - Birth of the Warrior


with Judy Bond
November 16 / 9:00 AM - November 17 / 5:00 PM

For those who have completed Shambhala Training Level I, this is the next step in the Heart of Warriorship journey: Shambhala Training Level II: The Birth of the Warrior.  Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness.


Judy Bond is a teacher of Shambhala Training, Shambhala Art, Ikebana, Calligraphy, and professionally, a science educator. She has studied with both Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and his father Chögyam Trungpa for many years.  We welcome her from Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center and State College, PA, where she moved to recently.




The Heart of Warriorship


Shambhala Training is organized into five weekend workshops that include meditation training and practice, talks by senior instructors, personal interviews and group discussions. Levels I-V provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuineness, confidence, humor, and dignity within the complexity of daily life. The workshops are recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as for those looking to enrich their existing spiritual path.

Level I: The Art of Being Human
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.

Level II: Birth of the Warrior
Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness.

Level III: Warrior in the World
Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we are willing to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities.

Level IV: Awakened Heart
With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. We can extend ourselves to others fully and with kindness.

Level V: Open Sky
Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind—a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment.

The Shambhala Training Levels are taken in sequence and are offered here in Pittsburgh and at all Shambhala Meditation centers all over our planet.




Tiered Pricing and Generosity Policy


Patron Levelapproximately 25% higher than the Sustaining Level
Help us expand our offerings to the world at large. Your generosity allows us to offer these teachings to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.


Sustaining Level—normal price that keeps us running


Supporting Level—approximately 65% of the Sustaining Level 
Appropriate for students or others experiencing financial hardship.


Generosity Policyalways available if the Supporting Level is too high
If you are unable to meet any of the pricing tiers please contact us to discuss an offering that you feel you can afford: pgh.shambhala.generosity@gmail.com


If you have questions about this Level II program, please contact the coordinator, Barb.

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