Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III
with Cara Thornley
June 11 / 12:00 AM - June 18 / 12:00 AM
Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops, suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is the basis of a secular path of meditation, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition. Shambhala Training is the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship, the tradition of human bravery and leadership. This path shows how to take the challenges of daily life in our modern society as opportunities for contemplative practice and social action.
This program is offered as one continuous retreat, but each level can be taken separately. Each level is a prerequisite for the next one.
Level I: The Art of Being Human
Practice sitting and walking meditation and learn the basic principles of the Shambhala path of warriorship. Rediscover the good energy present in all of our experience. This basic goodness, innate to the way things are, is our own inborn, unconditional nature.
Level II: Birth of the Warrior
Intensify the discipline of meditation practice, which enables us to work with the obstacles that arise as meditation practice develops. Explore how habitual ways of thinking and experiencing obscure the raw brilliance of the world we live in and our own genuineness and tenderness. Moving forward out of these habitual patterns, we learn to work with the fear that arises.
Level III: Warrior in the World
Bring the mindfulness and awareness of meditation practice into everyday life. Alive to our sense perceptions, we can venture into the world with a vulnerability that is fearless, gentle, and awake.
Recommended Text: Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.