Meditation Instructor Gathering
with Acharya Dale Asrael and David Rome
June 6 - 9, 2013
We are happy to announce the Meditation Instructors’ Gathering at Karmê Chöling, and encourage all meditation Instructors to attend. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has requested that, throughout the Shambhala community this year, we emphasize meditation instruction as a focus of our work together. Specifically, he would like us to use this period of time to train and deepen in Shambhala Meditation by studying the text. Additionally, to prepare for the role of meditation instruction in a societal vision, he asks that we further develop skills of listening and inquiry. As he said, our role is “…not to teach the students something, but to help them discover something”.
The Meditation Instructors’ Gatherings will include study and contemplation of excerpts of the Shambhala Meditation text, exploring the ways the qualities of gentleness, trust, and caring inform our entire approach to meditation (our own practice, as well as teaching meditation to others). Thus, meditation can be understood as an expression of appreciation for oneself, and the qualities of embodiment, relaxation, kindness and confidence can be communicated.
Additionally there is a materials fee of $12
The Meditation Instructor Gathering will begin at 7:15pm June 6 and end with a reception 6:30pm.
Must be a vajrayana student and a current Meditation Instructor
Must view or listen to the Sakyong's transmission of Shambhala Meditation at the online address to MIs March 2013.
Must have viewed Acharay Asrael's 2 online presentations December 2012, and Januar 2013 and continue to contemplate the lines from the text.
Karmê Chöling offers 2 price options for this program.
Please choose the option that works best for you.
Full Program Fee: $420
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: $335
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.
Online registration is not currently open.
For information on registration, pricing, childcare, transportation and other issues, see our Frequently Asked Questions.
About Acharya Dale Asrael
Dale has taught as Core Faculty at Naropa University since 1992, in the M.A. Buddhist Studies, Contemplative Education, and Counseling programs, and is an Upadhyaya (Buddhist minister). She leads meditation retreats, dathuns, Sutrayana Seminaries, Ngondro Instructor trainings, and other programs internationally. In March of 2011, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche appointed Dale the Dean of Meditation Instructor, asking her to be responsible for the compassionate activity of meditation instruction in the Shambhala manada. This includes the training, supervision, development, and support for actual meditation instruction path itself.
About David Rome
David Rome has been teaching mindfulness-awareness practices since the 1970s, when he worked closely with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in establishing Buddhism in the West through the Shambhala International organizations and Naropa University. In his later work as president of Schocken Books and in executive roles with the Greyston Foundation and the Garrison Institute he has focused on applications of contemplative methods in personal and social change. He is a certified senior Focusing trainer and now devotes his time to teaching, writing and coaching based on Mindful Focusing, his unique synthesis of Eastern and Western contemplative practices. Shambhala Publications will issue his book on Mindful Focusing in 2014.