Shambhala Training Weekend IV: Awakened Heart

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Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Weekend III

Shambhala Training Weekend IV is the fourth retreat weekend in the highly acclaimed Shambhala Training curriculum. Completion of Shambhala Training Weekend III is a prerequisite for this program.


 


“The experience of a sad and tender heart is what gives birth to fearlessness."

- Ani Pema Chodron


About this Program

Having further awakened our minds and hearts in Shambhala Training Weekend III, we continue our journey by allowing our natural curiosity to show us more of our world outside the parameters of our usual fears. 

In Shambhala Training Weekend IV, we'll explore a meditation practice that teaches us to apply the mind of meditation to the challenges of everyday life. With this expanded meditation practice, our lives become filled with more options, more potential, and more chances to see the world with confidence, patience, and generosity.

 In this pivotal program, we'll allow ourselves to be touched without closing down, and from this place, we learn that the “us in here” and the “world out there” are not so different after all. 

About Weekend IV

Shambhala Training Weekend IV: Awakened Heart introduces a meditation practice that builds upon the mindfulness-awareness technique of Shambhala Training Weekend III. The weekend provides students with a means to not only raise their gaze but to do so with an awakened heart, both on and off the cushion. 

Our Shambhala teacher Dr. Shante Smalls will incorporate these teachings into the weekend’s talks and meditation instruction. Dr. Smalls and our team of meditation instructors will be on hand to personally assist participants with one-on-one interviews and guided group meditation. 

Shambhala Training Weekend IV includes: 

  • Guided meditation practice

  • Meditation talks

  • One-on-one sessions with a senior instructor

  • Concluding Sunday reception

About Shambhala Training

Shambhala Training offers a structured path of meditation and emotional intelligence education rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Shambhala tradition and created for the challenges of modern, everyday existence.

The Shambhala Training path consists of weekly classes and weekend retreats suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition.

This comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the view that when we foster a more awake relationship with ourselves and we are creating a more awake and compassionate world.

Generosity Policy

Our Generosity Policy helps make programming available to all those who wish to participate. To utilize the Generosity Policy, please call the Registrar at 212-675-6544. We cannot accept Generosity Policy registrations at the door, so please make arrangements in advance.

About the Teacher

Shanté Paradigm Smalls is 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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