Program Details

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level 1

with Lance Brunner & Aine Marron
October 26 / 9:00 AM - October 27 / 2:00 PM

The Way of Shambhala training is a sequential series of contemplative weekend programs, suitable for anyone looking to explore the transformative benefits of meditation. It provides a path to develop the dignity of being human, using meditation as a means to develop fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness toward ourselves and our world.

This series provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, wisdom teachings, and physical practices rooted in the traditions of Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhism. It provides you  with the tools to use the challenges of modern day living as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.

The Art of being human is the first weekend in The Way of Shambhala training series.

As human beings, we long for sanity, compassion and inspiration in our lives. According to the Shambhala teachings, this longing is a manifestation of basic goodness—the dignity and wakefulness that we all possess.

During this weekend we will begin to glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we will begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

This workshop will include through meditation instruction, the practice of sitting and walking, one-to one interviews to clarify questions, group discussion and talks by senior teachers.

Who can attend

All are welcome to participate. 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.


The workshop will be taught by Lance Brenner and Aine Marron.

Lance Brunner is an experienced teacher in the Shambhala-Buddhist tradition, having directed Shambhala Training and contemplative arts programs and retreats for twenty years in North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  He served as co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Shambhala Path of Social Engagement and was a member of the International Shambhala Art Council. Lance combines his interests in the arts, meditation, and action in the world through his consulting and facilitation, having worked with health professionals, businesses, leadership organizations, and within prisons. 

Aine Marron is a highly experienced meditation instructor and a student of both Pema Chodron and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the current leader of Shambhala International. In 2008 she founded the Shambhala centre in Melbourne and recently became the regional director of Shambhala Australia and New Zealand. Aine combines her determination to assist others along their spiritual path with her private practice of Spiritual Path Direction, which favours Unconditional Love and Forgiveness.


Level 6, 11 York st, Sydney- Training Room 13

Further information

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