Shambhala Training Retreat: Levels I - III
with Shastri Bill Brauer
September 12 - 18
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 July 5-10, 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. This level begins 9/12 at 7:30 pm and ends at 5pm 9/14.
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. This level begins at 7:30pm 9/14 and ends 9/16 at 5pm.
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. This program begins 9/16 at 7:30pm and ends at 5pm 9/18.
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: $900
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 Shastri Bill Brauer
Shastri Bill Brauer has been a member of the Shambhala community for 40 years, and was once the Executive Director of Karmê Chöling. He currently is a consultant for large corporations on leadership training, succession planning, and developmental feedback programs throughout North America. In 2010, Shastri Brauer was empowered as a Shastri by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has fulfilled this role by leading Way of Shambhala classes, Dathuns, Meditation Instructor Training, and Shambhala Training Levels throughout North America and Eastern Europe, and most recently Russia.