Program Details

Shambhala Training Level II Weekend Retreat


with Benoît Côté
November 7 / 7:00 PM - November 9 / 2:00 PM

Shambhala Training LEVEL II Weekend Retreat continues the discipline of meditation practice, enabling participants to work with obstacles that may have arisen as meditation practice develops. We explore how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world, and we open to our own genuineness. Finally, we learn how to work with fear as we cultivate the willingness to see our deep-seated habits and defenses.


Shambhala Training provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuine confidence, humor, and personal dignity within the complexity of daily life. Each weekend retreat includes meditation training and practice, talks by senior teachers, individual conversations with meditation instructors, group dialogues, and a concluding celebration.


This LEVEL II is part of the Way of Shambhala curriculum and is followed by an optional five-week course entitled 'CONTENTMENT in Everyday Life'. While the weekend level emphasizes a deeper experience of meditation, the CONTENTMENT course emphasizes how we can apply the teachings to our daily life situations. Also attending CONTENTMENT in Everyday Life is warmly recommended. For the full CONTENTMENT course description, please click here.


Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level One
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The Way of Shambhala series provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation and is composed of Shambhala Training Levels I-V, plus an optional accompanying five-week 'In Everyday Life' course. The series is designed to be applicable to the complexity of our daily lives. With gentleness and precision we can develop courage and sanity in these troubled times of uncertainty.


The Shambhala Training Levels I-V and the Everyday Life classes can also each be taken as a stand alone series.


The course Contentment in Everyday Life is recommended after Level II, but can also be taken by people who have no previous experience in Shambhala, as there is no prerequisite to attend Contentment in Everyday Life. 


Over the course of a year, the Way of Shambhala introduces the entire Shambhala path. It offers a glimpse of the Shambhala vision of enlightened society by emphasizing the ways in which meditation can impact our daily lives, and from there, how the sanity of meditation can expand to impact our whole society. Please click here for a full description and chart of The Way of Shambhala.


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For those who can offer more than the regular 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. Tax receipts are offered for all amounts above the regular program price.


In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a generosity policy. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works and offer whatever you can. Setting up a payment plan for the full amount may also be an option to consider. To discuss this, please contact Bob Hastey, bhastey@shambhala.org or 420-1118 x113.

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