Shastri Training

with Acharya Adam Lobel and Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

May 20 - 23, 2013

Shastri Training, Summer 2013
Led by Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel and Dean of the Shambhala Teachers’ Academy Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

This special training program is designed for both the 2010 Shastris who will be renewing their oaths for three more years of service as well as for the newly appointed Shastris from 2012.  As an expression of the Shambhala Practice and Education “Year of Deepening,” this training will emphasize our actual realization of the profound Shambhala teachings of the Sakyong, cultivated through our study and practice.  We will hone our skills in communicating the Shambhala dharma in a variety of pedagogies, and refresh our understanding of the Way of Shambhala curriculum and Shambhala Meditation methods.  Participants are asked to prepare for an entrance exam for this program; the study guide will be available by Shambhala Day.  Continuing Shastris are required to participate in this training either at Karme Choling, Shambhala Mountain Center, or Dechen Choling during summer 2013.

this program begins at 10am on May 20th.



Program Fee: $300

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Price includes meals but not accommodations.

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About Acharya Adam Lobel

Acharya Adam Lobel, Mdiv. Harvard Divinity School, Doctoral Candidate, Harvard University, is an acharya or authorized lineage teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. A close student and representative of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, he travels globally leading meditation workshops, lecturing, and teaching on the social vision of Shambhala. He is responsible for curriculum development and teacher training for the international Shambhala community. Acharya Lobel is active in ecological and social justice movements, and recently represented Shambhala at the United Nations, the White House, and in the Standing Rock protection of water and protests of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. As a scholar of philosophy and religion, Adam's research focuses on meditation practice and pedagogy in the Great Perfection (Dzogchen) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and modern phenomenology. Adam lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two sons.

About Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Judith Simmer-Brown began meditation practice as a student of Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. She met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the summer of 1974, and began teaching at The Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) in 1977. She is currently Chair of the Religious Studies department at Naropa University, an Acharya (senior teacher) in Shambhala, and a member of the Board of Directors of Shambhala International. Her book, Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism, was published by Shambhala Publications in 2001. She has two children with her husband, Richard Brown.

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