Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III
with David Sable
September 14 - 21, 2012
Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops, suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is the basis of a secular path of meditation, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition. Shambhala Training is the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship, the tradition of human bravery and leadership. This path shows how to take the challenges of daily life in our modern society as opportunities for contemplative practice and social action.
This program is offered as one continuous retreat, but each level can be taken separately. Each level is a prerequisite for the next one.
Level I: The Art of Being Human
Practice sitting and walking meditation and learn the basic principles of the Shambhala path of warriorship. Rediscover the good energy present in all of our experience. This basic goodness, innate to the way things are, is our own inborn, unconditional nature.
Level II: Birth of the Warrior
Intensify the discipline of meditation practice, which enables us to work with the obstacles that arise as meditation practice develops. Explore how habitual ways of thinking and experiencing obscure the raw brilliance of the world we live in and our own genuineness and tenderness. Moving forward out of these habitual patterns, we learn to work with the fear that arises.
Level III: Warrior in the World
Bring the mindfulness and awareness of meditation practice into everyday life. Alive to our sense perceptions, we can venture into the world with a vulnerability that is fearless, gentle, and awake.
Recommended Text: Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
Please choose the option that works best for you.
Full Program Fee: $916
This price covers Karmê Chöling's actual operational cost for the program. By choosing to pay this price, you extend your generosity to Karmê Chöling and the other participants. Thanks to you, we can make more scholarships available and continue to enrich Karmê Chöling.
Discounted Program Fee: $720
This price reflects Karmê Chöling's commitment to keeping programs affordable. The operational costs for this program not covered by program fees come from donations.
Price includes meals but not accommodations.
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.
Scholarship and Financial Aid resources are available to make dharma accessible to people in all circumstances. We offer different ways for overcoming financial obstacles here.
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About David Sable
David Sable began studying and practicing Buddhism in 1971 as he completed his Masters degree in psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He studied Focusing with Dr. Eugene Gendlin, Dr. Robert Lee and David Rome from 2002 to 2005 and combined his Buddhist experience with Focusing to develop a unique method for contemplative interaction. He applies contemplative interaction in his teaching and in workshops for professionals interested in transformative learning. He is currently pursuing doctoral research at Dalhousie University on the impact of contemplative practices on critical thinking. In 1975 David was authorized by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche to begin teaching Buddhism and meditation. Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center in Washington, DC for eight years, he is now a senior teacher at the Shambhala Center and part-time faculty at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.