Program Details

The Four Dignities Meditation Retreat

with Samten Kobelt
May 24 / 5:00 AM - June 1 / 6:00 AM


This one-week retreat includes the Four Dignities of the Sacred Path of Shambhala. “The four dignities” are introduced as a path and a process, which describe a warrior's maturing and widening sphere of benevolent engagement in the world. The training in the dignities allows one to maintain awareness and delight at each stage.

The week includes meditation practice, talks and exercises, silence and discussion. You will also have time to explore and enjoy the land around Dechen Chöling and relax, read and study.


Meek is a study of the grounded, humble and gentle beginning stages of a warrior's journey. Here one trains to overcome arrogance—the primary obstacle to learning.


As the second of the four dignities, this level focuses on cultivating sharp, vibrant and uplifted energy through natural discipline. Overcoming the trap of doubt, the warrior of perky is able to accomplish his or her activities with a sense of nobility and ease.

Outrageous and Inscrutable

These fruitional dignities refer to the extraordinary skill of a practiced warrior. No longer afraid of making mistakes, the unconventional and visionary perspective of the outrageous warrior combines with the skill of spontaneous inscrutability to create benefit for others on a large scale.


This programme is a prerequisite for Warrior Assembly, the jewel of the Shambhala path, taking place at Dechen Chöling July 16-27, 2014.


Open to all who have attended Great Eastern Sun, Windhorse, Drala. Participants who have attended all five levels of the Shambhala Training and Everyday Courses can also apply under certain conditions. Please contact us for further information.


This programme starts on Saturday May 24 at 20:00 and ends the next Saturday evening. You can choose to leave anytime next day, on June 1.


This retreat is taught in English. Translation into other languages is available at no extra costs. Please give us notice of your request as early as possible - about 2 months in advance - so that we can provide translation service. In case you register short-term please get in touch with us in case you need translation into your language.

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