Shambhala Training: Level I

The Art of Being Human

Shambhala Level I The Art Of Being Human
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John Rockwell

Greg McNally

Date & Time Details:

October 2023



Program Fee:

Generosity Price - $199

Tuition - $149

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When you don’t punish or condemn yourself, when you relax more and appreciate your body and mind, you begin to contact the fundamental notion of basic goodness in yourself. So it is extremely important to be willing to open yourself to yourself.

From Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa

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The Art of Being Human

When we truly create the time and space to dive fully into meditation practice, we begin to glimpse that goodness – rather than confusion – is the unconditional foundation of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuinely kind and compassionate human beings.

Meditation practice helps us to examine our states of mind without trying to change them. This practice encourages openness to oneself and what’s around us. Our old habits and patterns become more transparent, leaving room for a more direct appreciation of situations. This transforms the way we see our life and our world.

The Path of Meditation

The Art of Being Human is the first 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.

Meditation & Teachings

Included in this program:

  • Guided meditation instruction
  • Talks on meditation
  • Group discussion
  • Silent periods
  • Periods of group sitting meditation
  • “Zen-style” walking meditation

An In-person Program

With Online Elements

This will be an in-person gathering at Karmê Chöling, our meditation retreat center in rural Vermont. There, the assistant director Greg McNally, the meditation instructors, program staff and participants will connect to John Rockwell, the senior teacher, via zoom for the initial meditation instruction and other talks.

Our 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.

Join us on our serene 500 acres of Vermont wooded forest and field. Enjoy the famous New England Fall Colors, which should be on display in early October during the program.

No Prerequisites: Everyone is welcome!
Note: Shambhala Training Level I is prerequisite for Shambhala Training Level II, which we will be offering here in November 2023.


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.


John Rockwell
John Rockwell

John Rockwell has been on the path of dharma for 47 years. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975, studying and practicing the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings with him for 12 years. During that time he also worked with him on translating Tibetan texts into English. For ten years, he studied and taught at Naropa University in the Buddhist Studies department. For many years, he served as an acharya or senior teacher for Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and also studied intensively with Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. His inspiration now is to open the heart and senses on the spot.

Greg McNally

Greg McNally is a seventh generation Vermonter. He has lived in the Northeast Kingdom town of Wheelock since 1973 where he operates a 35 acre Christmas tree farm. He has a delightful wife of many years, four adult boys and three grandchildren. Greg has been involved with Shambhala since 1994. He was a member of the Karmê Chöling board from 2004-2007 and continues to work as chair of the land use committee.

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