Program Details

Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human

with Jason Newman
September 19 / 7:00 PM - September 21 / 1:00 PM

Shambhala Training is a secular meditation training that develops fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness towards ourselves and our world. These qualities arise out of meditation practice and study of Shambhala warriorship. Shambhala Training welcomes people of all religious traditions as well as those who do not follow a particular spiritual path.

In Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human, we will learn to experience the world as sacred and see basic goodness as our birthright. Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional basic 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.

This first weekend retreat of the Way of Shambhala series introduces participants to the practice of sitting meditation and to the basic principles of the Shambhala path of warriorship. There is a fundamental, good energy present in all of our experience, and this basic goodness, innate to the way things are, is our own inborn, unconditional nature as well.

The program includes meditation instruction, talks by the Director, group discussions, guided contemplative practice, and individual interviews with instructors.

This weekend's Director, Jason Newman, has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since its inception.  In 1977, he dropped out of a trial lawyers conference in Boulder Colorado to study poetry and dharma as part of Naropa Institute’s summer program.   In 1979, he was a founding member of the Paris (France) Shambhala Center, where he taught for five years before returning to the United States.  He has been directing Shambhala Training programs in the US since his time in Paris.  He is now affiliated with the White River Junction Shambhala Center, where he teaches frequently.  Although a practicing lawyer, Jason mixes international literature, cinema, and politics into his teaching style.

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