Shambhala Guide Training

  • Sky Lake Retreat Center Sky Lake Retreat Center
  • 22 Hillcrest Lane, Rosendale, NY 12472, United States
  • Jun 26 - Jul 1, 2019 (6 days)
  • $25.00 - Application Fee

About us

Applications open: January 2, 2019

Applications close: February 28, 2019

Participants have four months to prepare. Space is limited to 30 people

Sky Lake and the Shambhala Office of Practice and Education are pleased to offer a training program for students who have a strong personal meditation practice and feel inspired and ready to help others on their meditative journeys. By completing this training, you prepare yourself to begin a practice of listening to, encouraging and supporting new practitioners on their paths.

Role of Shambhala Guide

The role of the Shambhala Guide is to be a resource, guide, friend, and host to newcomers within the context of Shambhala Center educational programs and events. One important aspect of this is to offer one-on-one meditation instruction to newcomers. However, the emphasis is on meeting newcomers as they enter Shambhala, and offering them guidance and instruction according to their particular aspiration and needs.

Shambhala Guides are authorized to give initial meditation instruction and engage in one follow-up meeting with a student to review the practice. They also are authorized to give group instruction when needed. In fact, one of the outcomes of having people in this role at a center would be to be able to provide individual initial instruction to newcomers. During the second meeting, the Shambhala Guide typically offers to refer the student to a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI) if the person wants further guidance related to meditation. The Shambhala Guide also offers to be available as an ongoing practice friend and resource for the new student.


  • Completion of Shambhala Training Levels I-V
  • Completion of the In Everyday Life courses
  • Completion of the Basic Goodness courses (Recommended, but not required)
  • Completion of Unconditional Confidence: Rigden weekend

    Having taken the Shambhala Vow

  • Completion of a weekthün
  • Strong daily meditation practice
  • Active membership in a Shambhala Center (exceptions may be made for individuals who do not live near a center)


Skills Covered in the Training

  • Giving initial meditation instruction
  • Communicating skillfully on: our lineages, culture, iconography, shrines, chants, ceremonies, and an overview of all of our training paths
  • Engaging, listening, speaking from the heart
  • Understanding the precise, open and beyond meditation practices as taught in Shambhala Training
  • Leading discussion groups


The Shambhala Guide training can be a step towards becoming a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI). However, students authorized as Shambhala Guides certainly may serve and deepen in this role without going on to attend SPMI training. There are further prerequisites to complete for those who are interested in becoming authorized as SPMIs.

The Training Program

The training includes an opening evening session followed by four full days. Participation in the training does not guarantee authorization as a Shambhala Guide. Students who are authorized will take the Shambhala Guide Vow and will be encouraged to engage as a Shambhala Guide at their local center.

Prior to the in-person training, participants will be expected to engage in specified study and practice and to complete two online courses that offer important content in support of the training. There is a separate modest fee for these courses (for which discounts also are available).

A deep commitment to meditation practice is extremely important for individuals seeking to be Shambhala Guides. Those accepted to the training will be expected to sit for a minimum of 20 hours each month for at least the three months immediately prior to the training. This sitting requirement may be significantly more than your usual practice, but it is an essential element of the training. If this is more than you are willing or able to take on at this time, please consider waiting to train as a Shambhala Guide until this is more workable for you.

Application & Registration Process

An application will be emailed to you after you register and pay the application fee. If you are accepted, your acceptance letter will include further instructions on completing your registration.

Those accepted will need the time allotted to do a good deal of preparatory study and practice prior to the in-person training. The sooner one applies and is accepted, the more time one will have to engage in this preparatory study and practice. You are fully responsible for the entirety of the application and registration process.


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Shambhala Guide Training

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  • Jun 26, 2019 - Jul 1, 2019 (6 days)


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