Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

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Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior builds on the foundation of the meditation practice that was introduced in Level I and explores how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world we live in.

By opening to our own genuineness and tenderness, we learn how to work with fear to cultivate the willingness to see our deep-seated habits and defenses. This weekend program intensifies the discipline of meditation practice, which enables us to begin seeing through obscurations of habitual patterns that we have created over time.

Every Shambhala Training level includes thorough meditation instruction, periods of meditation practice, one-on-one meetings to clarify questions, talks by senior teachers, group discussions and a concluding reception.

Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human
Recommended: Meditation in Everyday Life

Shambhala weekends are structured to offer participants teachings and an in-depth meditation retreat. Attendance is required for the Friday night talk and for each session of the program.

smallsDr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls is a Teacher, Mentor, and Meditation Instructor in the Shambhala Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. They are a student of the Head of Shambhala, the Kongma Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche. Shanté has been a meditation practitioner since age 16 and a Shambhalian since 2006. Dr. Smalls is on the NYC Governing Council and is the NYC Head of the Dorje Kasung--the Pillar of Protection.

In their working life, Dr. Smalls is an assistant professor of Black Literature & Culture at St. John’s University, a dog enthusiast, sci fi nerd, and yoga practitioner.

Retake Discount: If you have taken Level II before, you may retake it for $50.

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