Shambhala Training: Level 2

Birth of the Warrior

Shambhala Level Birth Of Warrior
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Holly Gayley

Adrienne Chang

Date & Time Details:


11th and 12th from 11am to 7pm
November 2023


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
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The point of Shambhala Training is to get out of the cocoon, which is the shyness and aggression in which we have wrapped ourselves… A Shambhala warrior is someone who is brave enough not to give in to the aggression and contradictions … who is able to step out of the cocoon--that very comfortable cocoon that he or she is trying to sleep in.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level I, we want to learn more. Meditation practice allows us to see how it is ourselves who create a cocoon of habits to mask our underlying fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to us experiencing our own basic goodness.

By opening to our own genuineness and tenderness, we begin to notice, and learn how to work with our deep-seated habits and defenses. We begin seeing through the veils of habitual patterns that we have created over time.

Meditation & Teachings

Included in this program:

  • Guided meditation instruction
  • Meditation talks by a senior teacher
  • Periods of silent
  • Sitting meditation
  • Group discussions
  • “Zen-style” walking meditation

The Path of Meditation

Birth of the Warrior is the second in the Shambhala Training series. This is a path open to anyone seeking to develop gentleness and strength through meditation. Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops that have proven valuable to beginning and experienced meditators alike. The simple and profound techniques of mindfulness-awareness meditation can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life.

Hybrid Program

With In-person & Online Elements

We will gather in-person at Karmê Chöling, our meditation retreat center located in the beautiful Green Mountains of rural Vermont. There, the meditation instructors, program staff and participants will connect to Holly Gayley, the senior teacher, and Adrienne Chang via zoom for the initial meditation instruction and other talks.

Our in-person group will meditate together, have discussions, eat meals together, and have leisure time to get to know each other. Housing will be provided on-site at the retreat center.

Prerequisites: Shambhala Training Level I is prerequisite for Level II.

Arrival & Departure

Lodging at Karmê Chöling: If you will be lodging at Karmê Chöling, please plan to arrive Friday evening between 3-6pm, to check-in and go through orientation.
Dinner will be served at 6:30.

Commuters: If you will be commuting to the program, please plan on arriving at 10:30am Saturday morning.


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.


Holly Gayley
Holly Gayley

Holly Gayley is a scholar and translator of Buddhist literature in contemporary Tibet and Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research areas include gender and sexuality in Buddhist tantra, ethical reform in contemporary Tibet, and theorizing translation, both literary and cultural, in the transmission of Buddhist teachings to North America. Her most recent books are Inseparable Across Lifetimes: The Lives and Love Letters of Namtrul Rinpoche and Khandro Tāre Lhamo, and her new edited volume, Voices from Larung Gar: Shaping Tibetan Buddhism for the Twenty-First Century. For two decades, she has regularly led meditation workshops and retreats and serves as a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition.

Adrienne Chang
Adrienne Chang

Adrienne Chang has studied in the tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche for over fifteen years. She has helped co-lead Shambhala and Buddhist meditation retreats and study courses in Europe, North America, and online. Currently she is a member of the Milinda program, a ten-year shedra-styled Buddhist teacher training program under the guidance of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Originally from the United States, Adrienne earned an MA in International Public Policy at Columbia University, and was a management consultant for US and international government agencies, specializing in organizational design and business transformation.

Adrienne has been teaching and publishing in the fields of Buddhist philosophy and history, as well as of gerontology, meditation, and aging and spirituality with Miami University and its European campus in Luxembourg, where she currently resides.

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