Program Details

Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Jonathan Barbieri & Graciela Marin
April 4 / 7:00 PM - April 6 / 1:30 PM


Shambhala Training Level One:  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.

Shambhala Training is a sequence of contemplative weekend retreats, suitable for anyone of any spiritual tradition and way of life looking to explore the transformative benefits of meditation. The sequence involves the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship—a path of nonaggression born from the willingness to meet our world without bias or judgment. This path shows how to take the challenges of everyday life as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action. The workshops include thorough instruction in meditation, the practice of sitting and walking meditation, one-on-one interviews to clarify questions, group discussions and talks by senior teachers.

No prerequisites or previous meditation experience is required. Open to the Public

The Companion Course: Meditation in Everyday Life with Jon Barbieri is a five-week course that complements the training in Level I.  It will be presented on five Tuesday evenings, April 29 - May 27.  Click HERE for more information. 

About the Directors:
Jonathan Barbieri, a long time meditation practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala tradition, was part of the first Shambhala Directors Training with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the late 1970′s. Since then, he has taught extensively throughout North America. He was formerly the executive director of Shambhala Mountain Center.

Graciela Marin first encountered the teachings of the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in the 1980s and joined the Shambhala Buddhist community in 1993. A student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, she directs Shambhala Training levels and has served the the community in various capacities, including currently as Director of Practice and Education in Fort Collins, CO.

Our Generosity Policy

In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a “pay what you can afford” policy.  If the program price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can.

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

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