Program Details

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human


with Jesse Miller
February 1 / 8:30 AM - February 2 / 1:00 PM

This weekend meditation workshop introduces participants to the practice of meditation in a supportive, social environment.  The program includes meditation instruction with periods of sitting and walking practice, formal talks, group discussion and individual interviews with a meditation instructor.


Shambhala Training I is the first weekend in a series of contemplative workshops suited for both beginning and experienced meditators and of benefit to people of any spiritual tradition.  The simple and profound technique of mindfulness/awareness meditation is the basis of this secular path. 


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.  Attendees receive clear and precise methods for uplifting their personal experience and relationships with others.


Based on ancient teachings that were brought to the West by Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Training weekends and Way of Shambhala classes offer a way of living in the world with confidence, genuineness and creative expression based on the inherent wisdom that exists in every person.


Price:  $150; $90 for full-time students with student ID and $40 for repeaters.  Scholarships are available.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 


To reserve space in the weekend workshop, please pre-register by clicking on the registration button below.  For all questions or to request a discounted fee, please contact Anna Marie Ketelsen at annamarieketelsen@gmail.com at least 5 days in advance of the start of the program.




Jesse Miller has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for over thirty years and has been directing Shambhala Training programs since 1991. He is also a teacher of buddhist programs and has worked closely with Pema Chodron in several large programs in the Bay Area and at Shambhala Mountain Center . A member of the Berkeley Shambhala Center, Jesse often travels to other centers to teach and is a regular yearly visitor to the sanghas of Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand.



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