About The Teacher
Shastri Ben Hines, first encountered Shambhala in 1981 in a series of four talks called Awakened Heart. With a lifelong interest in how society works, Bens life has been deeply marked by meditation and the Shambhala teachings and by the example of the Sakyongs, each of whom present the highest possibilities of society as a path for the expression of dignity, nobility and sacred outlook. Ben mixed meditation practice with a career in construction and retired from Habitat for Humanity in 2010. Appointed as Shastri in 2010, he is married, a father of two, with three grandchildren.