Sacred Path Series - 2024

HybridCloseShambhala Path

This program is half-price for people repeating the level. Contact to arrange payment.


Daniel Naistadt

Date & Time Details:


24th 7 to 9pm

25th 9am to 5pm

26th 9am to 5pm

May 2024


Hybrid (online and on-land)

Program Fee:

Generosity Price - $199

Tuition - $149

Room/Meals Fee:

This will be added in during the registration process.
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Karmê Chöling
(802) 633-2384

Through exploring the depth of perception, one engages the elemental and magical strength inherent in the world. The principle of drala refers to the sacred energy and power that exists when we step beyond aggression.

The Sacred Path Series:

The Sacred Path is a series of teachings for those who’ve completed Shambhala Training Levels I-V. It introduces further practices to develop warriorship and extend the student’s training in meditation. These practices are based on a societal vision and aspiration to help the world. This training cultivates one’s dignity and natural gifts in order to widen one’s sphere of compassionate and practical influence.

During a series of visionary experiences that took place between 1976 and 1980, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche wrote down what became known as the Shambhala terma, a series of texts. The Sacred Path of the Warrior is based on these texts and on the extensive commentaries Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche gave on these teachings and on how to practice them in modern times.

Meditation & Teachings

  • Daily talks by the Senior Teacher
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Sitting meditation practice
  • Walking meditation
  • Time to gather and converse
  • Opportunity to meet one-on-one with a meditation instructor

Please inquire if you need to have the teachings translated. We will do our best to provide that for you. We have received requests for Russian translation, from participants of several Eastern European countries, which we will provide. 

A Hybrid Program

This program is being offered both in-person and online to allow students from other countries to participate, who otherwise couldn't.

We strongly encourage everyone who can attend in-person, to come to our meditation center and immerse themselves in the retreat environment of Karmê Chöling. This allows you extra time to socialise with other participants and with the teachers as well as enjoy the rural Vermont countryside. 

You can also extend your stay, either before or after the program, as an in-house retreatant and practice the teachings with us longer.

Arrival - Departure

If you are attending in-person please plan to arrive Friday May 24th, between 3:00-6:00pm ET to register and settle in.
Dinner is served at 6:30.
The program will begin at 7:00pm ET.

For the European students, our Friday night talk will be in the early morning hours for you. We will record the Friday talk and make it available to you immediately afterwards. You should watch it Saturday morning before the program begins Saturday so you have the same understanding as the other participants.

The program will end Sunday, May 26th at 5:00pm ET.


Completion of Shambhala Training Levels I-V and the Sacred Path series up through Windhorse is required for this program.

These precious teachings are core to who we are as a community. Even if you have taken the Sacred Path courses previously, you can refresh your understanding of the wisdom they contain by hearing some of our most senior teachers speak on them.

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Karmê Chöling values its commitment to making programs affordable and available to all who wish to study with us. To support this commitment we provide two program price options.

Generosity Price: $199.00
You're able to help us with this commitment by choosing the "Generosity Price". The money above the basic tuition cost goes into a scholarship fund for those who might not be able to attend a program otherwise.

Tuition: $149.00
This is the price of the program, it does not include housing options or material fees.

Please Note:
Price does not include accommodations, which will be added during the registration process.


Payment Policies:
Please read the payment policy before proceeding with registration.

Financial Aid:
Karmê Chöling offers full-time student discounts, scholarships and other financial aid.

Program Credit:
If using existing program credit to pay for a program, you must pre-register for this program at least two weeks prior to the program start date by calling the front desk (802-633-2384 x3000). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.


Daniel Naistadt
Daniel Naistadt

Daniel Naistadt has been a teacher in Shambhala tradition for nearly 40 years. He began his study of Buddhism and far eastern religion as an undergraduate at Columbia College, and later as a graduate fellow at Columbia University. During his time in New York City, he met two of the most important people in his life, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his future wife, Agness Au with whom he raised two sons. Daniel has had a lifelong interest in the Drala principle and has received personal instructions and guidance on these teachings from Trungpa Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

In New York, Daniel served on the Board of the N.Y. Shambhala Center and in 2001, co-founded Sky Lake Lodge in Rosendale, N.Y. After a long career as owner and CEO of several apparel and dietary supplement companies, Daniel has recently retired from full-time work. He continues to serve as a senior Shambhala teacher, Warrior Assembly Director and avid explorer of the natural world. Daniel presently lives in Boulder, CO, where he serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Boulder Shambhala

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