The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

About us

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I is the first program in the renowned Way of Shambhala series. This intimate urban retreat provides instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means to develop mindfulness in daily life.


This first weekend program presents the view that human beings, at the core, are fundamentally awake. By training in meditation, we can remember and reconnect with our natural confidence, and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring.


We'll discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but instead is about bringing our mindfulness into every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more. It all begins with giving ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our true human existence — the experience of our five senses, the feeling of emotions in our body, and even the awareness of thoughts across our minds.


About This Weekend:

The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I is designed for new meditators or those looking to reconnect with meditation practice, and introduces the basic foundations of the Shambhala teachings on universal human wisdom.


An experienced Shambhala teacher w
ill incorporate these teachings into the weekend’s talks and provide instructions for basic mindfulness-awareness meditation practice including posture, relating to thoughts, and breathing techniques. The teacher and a team of meditation instructors will be on hand to personally assist participants with one-on-one interviews and guided group meditation.


Weekend Includes:

  • Guided meditation practice

  • Mindfulness meditation talks

  • One-on-one meditation instruction

  • Concluding Sunday reception

  • Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa


We encourage participants to also take Meditation in Everyday Life, a companion course to this program on 3 weekday evenings.


Patron Price
: Please register with the Patron Price if you are able. By offering a little more, you help make programs accessible to participants with less financial means. Thank you!


Sustaining Price:
This price is the amount per participant required for the Shambhala Center to cover the costs of the program.


Subsidized Price:
This price allows people with less financial means to attend programs at a discounted rate, supported by the contributions at the ‘Patron Price’ level.


Generosity Policy
: Our Generosity Policy is an option for participants in unique situations for whom none of the above options are appropriate, and helps make programming available to all those who wish to participate. If the subsidized rate is prohibitive for you, the Generosity Policy allows you to offer as much of the fee as you can based on your individual circumstances. Please consider the value of the program and practice generosity at the level appropriate for you. To utilize the Generosity Policy, please email the Registrar at registrar@dc.shambhala.org before the program. We cannot accept Generosity Policy registrations at the door, so please make arrangements in advance.

If you have questions, please contact us at registrar@dc.shambhala.org.


Source: dc.shambhala.org

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