Program Details

Shambhala Art Teachers' Training (Westside)

with Steve Saitzyk & Lisa Stanley
January 9 / 9:30 AM - January 12 / 5:30 PM

Shambhala Art provides an opportunity for artists and for people to see their life as art.  In many traditions, artists have trained not only in their discipline, but they also have trained their minds in awareness, confidence, and compassion. Shambhala Art allows us to experience the profound teachings on art developed by the great Tibetan meditation teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. These teachings unlock a non-conceptual sense of expression that is available to all. Trungpa Rinpoche says of artists, “You could play a tremendous role in developing peace throughout the world.” This training builds our capacity to do so and to share it with others.

This Teachers’ Training offers the opportunity to be authorized as an Assistant Teacher, or a Teacher of Parts 1-3.  A Teachers’ Training for Parts 4-5 will be offered in the near future.  Please note that many of the requirements below are centered on Shambhala and its dharma.  

Prerequisites for Shambhala Art Teacher Training:

  • Member of a Shambhala Center.

  • Completion of the five-part Shambhala Art Program (please note: the complete five part program will be taught immediately preceding this teacher training, January 4 – 8, 2014, and requires a separate registration process Shambhala Art Intensive Registration 2014.)

  • Some teaching experience (inside or outside of Shambhala).

  • Some ongoing art practice/creative discipline.

  • Completion of a Weekthun (7 day meditation retreat at a Shambhala Center.) 

  • A letter of recommendation from your Meditation Instructor and/or Center Director. 

Requirements for Authorization as a Shambhala Art Teacher:

  • For Assistant Teacher the minimum requirements are completion of a Weekthun; Completion of a Shambhala Art Teachers Training for Parts 1-3.

  • For Teacher of Parts 1-3 the minimum requirements are completion a Dathun (a month-long meditation retreat at a Shambhala Center); on the path to completing Enlightened Society Assembly (formerly Sutrayana Seminary); on the path to becoming a Shambhala Meditation Guide; completion of a Shambhala Art Teachers Training for Parts 1-3.

  • For Teacher of Parts 1-5 the minimum requirements are: In addition to the above requirements, completion of Sacred World Assembly (formerly Vajrayana Seminary); on the path to becoming a Shambhala Meditation Instructor; completion of a Shambhala Art Teachers Training for Parts 4-5.

Steven Saitzyk is the international Director of Shambhala Art and one of the founders of the Shambhala Art Program.  He is an Adjunct Professor Humanities and Sciences at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California, a painter and published author.  See: .  He began his studies of Dharma Art and Iconography with Chögyam Trungpa in 1974 and since has practiced and taught meditation internationally for more than thirty-five years. His current book, “Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind,” is scheduled for release soon.

Lisa Stanley has been a Shambhala Buddhist practitioner since the late 1970′s.  She was introduced to the Dharma Art teachings and ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) as an assistant to Chögyam Trungpa for his 1981 art installation. Ms. Stanley was involved in the formation of the Shambhala Art program and has taught the curriculum since 1998. She has been a practicing artist and teacher of fine arts for over thirty years. Her work has been exhibited at venues such as New York University as a  Residential Fellow of the American Photography Institute; Side Street Projects, Los Angeles; and the Photographic Resource Center in Boston. Ms. Stanley recently moved from the Karme Choling Retreat Center to Oregon where she serves as the Director of the Portland Shambhala Center.

$385. Price does not include food or housing.  Enrollment limited to 25 participants. Advanced registration along with a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure a place. If you have not completed the entire five part Shambhala Art Program and are planning on taking the Jan. 4-8 intensive, please consider early enrollment. These Intensives always fills to capacity.  Enrollment for the Intensive is separate from enrollment for the Teachers Training.

Below is a link to download the application form and the letter of recommendation form.  Upon acceptance of your application you will be emailed a registration form, a teacher’s sourcebook, and a reading and materials list.  Your deposit will also be due.  Out-of-towners will be emailed a list of local motels (two of which will be walking distance from the program).  Participants may not arrive late to, or leave early from, this program. There will be some optional social events in the evening.

Shambhala_Art_Teacher_Training_Editable Application Form_2014

SA Teacher Training Recommendation Editable Form 2014

The center is situated behind 3871 Grandview, next to the Neighborhood Youth Association.  Parking is accessible by the driveway along the side of the building with additional parking available on the street and at the school lot next door.

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