Shambhala Guide Training

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The Shambhala Meditation Center of New York is pleased to host Shambhala Guide Training this coming October.

A Shambhala Guide is a dedicated meditation practitioner and an emissary of Shambhala culture. Guides manifest and transmit kindness and basic goodness, fostering harmony in themselves and others and helping to promote wakeful society.

A Shambhala Guide is trained to give initial one on one meditation instruction and is also a resource, friend and host to newcomers of the Shambhala Center for programs and events. The emphasis is not merely on delivering meditation instruction but also on embodying caring and inquisitiveness, and offering information on the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, Shambhala culture, the program path of practice and study, Shambhala forms, chants, shrines, ceremonies, and more. Guides are therefore thoroughly steeped in the Shambhala Dharma and trained in the principles of engagement and friendship, inquiry, and listening and speaking from the heart, so that they can assist each new student individually and appropriately.

The Shambhala Guide Training is the first program on the path of the Shambhala Educator, and is a requirement for Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor Training and Teacher Training. Students authorized as Shambhala Guides may continue as Guides without going on to attend further MI or Teacher trainings.

Role of a Shambhala Guide

The Shambhala Guide is essentially an emissary of Shambhala, fostering harmony and helping to promote basic goodness and good human society. The primary role of the Guide is to be a friend and resource to newcomers within the context of Shambhala Center educational programs and community events. One important aspect of a Shambhala Guide's activity is offering one-on-one meditation instruction to new students. However, the emphasis is primarily 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 and answer any questions students may have. They are not authorized to give group instruction. Following a second interview the Shambhala Guide may help to refer the student to a Shambhala Mentor or Meditation Instructor for further ongoing tutoring and mentorship.

Application Process

Pre-requisites: The pre-requisites for this program are completion of Shambhala Training Weekends I-V, the majority of the In Everyday Life series, Rigden Weekend (where possible), and one Weekthun. In addition, please provide three letters of recommendation: one from an Acharya or Shastri, one from a meditation instructor, and one from a leader of your center's governance pillar or staff. A strong daily meditation practice and relationship to a Shambhala Center is also required.

Registration, Application Deadline and Preparatory Work

To apply for Guide Training, please submit the online application form, due date TBD. Space is limited, so please apply early. Notification of acceptance will be sent to you one month in advance. Once accepted, you must register for the program and submit a minimum $200 deposit to reserve your spot in the training and receive further information regarding study and preparation materials. Students should prepare to participate fully in the preparation as well as the extended weekend itself.

It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.


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