Teaching Mindfulness - A 200-Hour Certification Program

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Developed by Shastri Ethan Nichtern, Shambhala NYC is offering a 200-hour Teaching Mindfulness certification program to become a mindfulness instructor in your own life.

This 9-month curriculum includes eight training weekends, group meetings, a personal meeting with a faculty member, a one-year membership to Shambhala NYC for those who are not already members, and credential as a recipient of the Shambhala Teaching Mindfulness Certification.

Deadline Extended: Complete applications are due by Friday, February 23, 2018. Applications will be reviewed only when they are complete.

Training Schedule

INTRODUCTORY VIDEO CALL: You will join our faculty and your peers for an introductory video call using Zoom on Wednesday, March 7th, 7:30-8:30pm.

WEEKEND TRAINING PROGRAMS: You will complete eight weekend training programs consisting of five Teaching Mindfulness weekends and three Shambhala Training weekends, as follows.

  • Teaching Mindfulness Part 1: March 23-25
  • Teaching Mindfulness Part 2: May 18-20
  • Teaching Lovingkindness and Compassion: August 3-5
  • Working with Individuals: September 7-9
  • Working with Groups and Going Forward: October 26-28
  • Three Shambhala Training Weekends: To be completed at any time at Shambhala NYC. The specific programs depend on what curriculum you’ve taken in the past and are to be completed before February, 2019. If you have completed all Shambhala Training weekends, you will work with Shastri Nichtern to identify three programs to fulfill this requirement.


  • Friday 7-9pm
  • Saturday 9-6pm
  • Sunday 9-4pm

PRACTICUM AND GROUP WORK: You will have practicum meetings with the faculty every other week on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings using Zoom. You will also work in small groups between the training weekends to discuss readings, review questions, and meditate. At the beginning of the program, your group will set your exact Zoom / meeting schedule.

PERSONAL MEETINGS WITH A FACULTY MEMBER: You will have a personal meeting with a member of our faculty during the course of the program.

DAILY PRACTICE: You will practice 20-30 minutes each day.

READINGS: The following are required readings for the program. All books are available for purchase at Shambhala NYC.

  • Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
  • Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: a 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg
  • The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path by Ethan Nichtern
  • The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
  • The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality, and Gender by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

How to Apply

Teaching Mindfulness is intended for those with meditation experience who want to incorporate meditation instruction and mindfulness into their professional work.

Prerequisite: Two years of regular meditation practice, with an interest in the Shambhala approach

Application requirements:

  1. A completed Teaching Mindfulness Online Application Form
  2. Two completed Recommendation Forms:
    • One from a teacher, mentor, or member of a meditation community
    • One from a personal teacher or mentor

Complete applications are due by Friday, February 23, 2018. Applications will be reviewed only when they are complete. Notification of acceptance will be sent to you by email by Monday, February 26th.


  • Full Tuition: $3,000
  • Patron Tuition: $3,600

The price of $3,000 includes eight training weekends, group meetings, a personal meeting with a faculty member, a one-year membership to Shambhala NYC for those who are not already members, and credential as a recipient of the Shambhala Teaching Mindfulness Certification.

Upon acceptance, participants must submit a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the tuition. The balance must be received by March 15, 2018.

Because we only accept a limited number of applications, we cannot offer refunds once the program has started. Payment plans can be arranged for Full Tuition rates only. We have a limited number of partial scholarships available. Please contact our Registrar if you're intersted in either of these options.

People of Color Scholarship: As a part of our commitment to create a diverse community, we are offering two partial scholarships to this program for people of color. If you identify as a person of color and would like to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate so on your application.

Other ways to get help with tuition: If you plan to bring what you learn at Teaching Mindfulness to work with you, consider asking your employer for scholarship. Many employers offer tuition benefits for programs that build your skills. Crowdsourcing sites like GoFundMe or The Offering Bowl are another great way to raise funds. Start a petition and people can chip in toward your tuition.

Fine Print

A completed application does not guarantee entry into the program. We are accepting 30 applicants.

Once accepted to the program, we ask that you participate fully and do everything you can to attend all trainings. We understand that things come up, but if you miss something, it's difficult to catch you up.

Graduation from the program does not authorize you to teach at a Shambhala Center or as a representative of Shambhala, and does not guarantee you to teach at other meditation or yoga centers.

Graduation from this program does not count toward the requirements for other Shambhala educator training programs (e.g. Shambhala Guide Training, Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Training); however, graduates will receive a 50% discount on the tuition for one such program at Shambhala NYC within two years. Unfortunately, we cannot extend this offer to any other Shambhala centers or retreat centers.

About the Teachers

Ethan Nichtern Shambhala New York City Shastri Ethan Nichtern is a Senior Shastri, a senior teacher, in the Shambhala tradition. He is the senior teacher in residence for the Shambhala NYC community. He is the author of several books. His most recent book, The Dharma of the Princess Bride: What the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships (North Point Press) has been praised by the New York Times and Los Angeles Review of Books. His previous book, The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (FSG North Point) made several major lists of the Best Books of 2015. He is also the founder of The Interdependence Project, an organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, transformational activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media. He teaches and lectures around the world and is based in New York City.

David Perrin is a teacher and mentor in the Shambhala tradition. He is Head Teacher at MNDFL Greenwich Village and Co-Founder of MNDFL ED - a schools-based mindfulness program. David is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and a Registered Drama Therapist. He is a Trustee of the Perrin Family Foundation, supporting youth social justice projects in Connecticut. He lives in NYC with his wife and fellow meditation teacher Anne Kenan, and their three children.

Shanté Paradigm Smalls, PhDis a Teacher and Mentor in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  Shanté is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the lineage head of Shambhala, and has been a student of Shambhala since 2006.  They are assistant professor of Black Culture and Literature, as well as as a performer and performance studies scholar. Dr. Smalls has published work on hip hop, film, queer performance, and a host of other scholarly topics. Shanté is also the Rusung or Area Protector of the Shambhala Center of New York City and is the head of the Pillar of Protection called The Dorje Kasung.

Source: ny.shambhala.org

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