Program Details

Shambhala Guide Training

with Eric Spiegel
October 10 / 7:00 PM - October 13 / 5:00 PM

In addition to being trained to give initial instruction, a Shambhala Guide is a resource, friend, and host to newcomers within the context of Shambhala Center educational programs and events. The emphasis is not merely on delivering the meditation instruction but also on offering information on our Shambhala and Buddhist lineages, the programs, the practice paths, the shrines, Shambhala forms, chants, ceremonies, events and so on. The Guides will therefore be trained in the principles of engagement and friendship, listening, inquiry, and speaking from the heart, so they can assist each new student individually and appropriately.

Eligibility Requirements:

-Completion of The Way of Shambhala through the Everyday Life series and Shambhala Training levels I-V.

-Unconditional Confidence:Rigden and the Shambhala Vow (a.k.a. Rigden Weekend).

-One weekthün.

-Strong daily meditation practice and relationship to a center

-The Basic Goodness series is strongly recommended, if possible.

-Three recommendations and completed application.

The Shambhala Guide program is the first weekend of the Shambhala Meditation Instructor Training program and is a requirement for MI or AD training. Students authorized as Shambhala Guides may continue as guides without going on to attend MI or AD training. There are further pre-requisites to complete for those who are interested in going on to become authorized as an AD or MI.

Role of Shambhala Guide

The role of the Shambhala Guide is to be a resource, guide, friend, and host to newcomers within the context of Shambhala Center educational programs and events.  One important aspect of their activity is to offer one-on-one meditation instruction to newcomers. However, the emphasis is on meeting newcomers as they enter Shambhala, and giving them guidance and instruction according to their particular aspiration and needs

A Shambhala Guide is authorized to give initial instruction and one follow-up meditation interview to review the technique. They are not authorized to give group instruction.  In fact, one of the outcomes of having people in this role would be to move away from group instruction and re-institute individual initial instruction. During the second interview the Shambhala Guide offers to refer the student to a Meditation Instructor if the person wants further, deeper training in meditation. The Shambhala Guide also offers to be available as an on-going practice friend and guide for the new student.

The Training Program

The program consists of three days of training, followed several months later by a one-day program at the participants' local centers.

The application deadline of September 15, 2014 is firm.  Once accepted, participants will need time to do preparatory study and practice in advance of the program.

The $30 application fee is a non-refundable part of the $130 deposit. 

We will send you application and recommendation forms when you register and pay your deposit.

Please note in your registration if you need these snail mailed instead of emailed to you.

Completed Application and Recommendations are due September 15.  


Early registration is recommended as space is imited.


Shrineroom lodging available for $20/night added to commuter rate.


  • After your application has been accepted, $100 of your deposit and payments are refundable up to two weeks prior to the program start date, minus a $25 cancellation fee.

  • After your application has been accepted, $100 of your deposit and payments and with less than two weeks before the program, Sky Lake will deduct a $35 cancellation fee and retain the rest of your deposit as credit towards another program to be used within a year of the date of the program. Any payments over the deposit will be refunded.

No refunds or credits are given for cancellations after 48 hours prior the beginning of the program.

Single rooms are rarely available for Sky Lake programs.  When available, the cost is $120/weekend night and $95/weekday night added to the commuter rate posted.

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