Program Details

Shambhala Training Level V - Open Sky

with Holly Gayley
March 7 / 7:00 PM - March 9 / 6:00 PM

By learning to trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment with gentleness and precision, the Shambhala teachings help us to soften our hearts and appreciate the sacredness of our daily lives. Shambhala Training Level V completes the first weekend series of Shambhala Training levels.

Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level IV.

For Way of Shambhala participants it is highly recommended to have also taken the course 'FEARLESSNESS in Everyday Life'.

STAFFING: If you've completed Level V, we invite you to volunteer to help staff this program! Completion of WISDOM in Everyday Life also is recommended (not required). It also is recommended [but not required] to have taken the Shambhala "View of staffing/coordinating" training. In Denver, this was held in May 2013 with Janet Solyntjes but it has been offered at other Shambhala Centers, too. If you are interested in staffing, please contact Amy Van Court (, the Coordinator, or sign up via SMCD's Volunteer webpage HERE.

About Shastri Holly Gayley:

Holly Gayley is a Shastri - a senior teacher in the Shambhala lineage- one of three Shastris at the Boulder center and is also a faculty member in the Religious Studies department at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she teaches courses on Buddhism. She completed her Masters in Buddhist Studies at Naropa University in 2000 and Ph.D. at Harvard University in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies in 2009. During her dissertation research, she spent 2005 - 2006 engaged in field research in and around the Tibetan region of Golok on a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship. She has been a practitioner in the Shambhala community since 1992 and regularly presents meditation to groups on college campuses. Holly has spent much of the past few years traveling to Eastern Tibet for her research on contemporary Buddhist movements.

Generosity Policy: Please contemplate how much you can offer and give more or the suggested amount above based on your individual circumstances. The suggested program price reflects our costs to offer the program. Our generosity policy supports individuals who have special circumstances and need to "pay-what-you-can" due to financial hardship. To take advantage of our generosity policy, please contact us in advance of this Program at: Thank you!

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