Making Your Way Back Home - Shambhala Training Levels IV - V

with Henry Chapin

March 24 - 30

Mukpo Institute This program may be taken on its own or as part of the Mukpo Institute, a three-month residential program.

Levels IV-V are the last two of the five levels of the highly acclaimed Heart of Warriorship training curriculum which provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuineness, confidence, humor, and dignity within the complexity of daily life. This retreat is recommended for graduates of Levels I-III who wish to complete the Heart of Warriorship program.

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 and way of life. Shambhala Training is the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship - the tradition of human bravery, kindness, and leadership. This path shows how to take the challenges of daily life in our modern society as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.

Every Shambhala Training level includes thorough meditation instruction, periods of meditation practice, optional one-on-one meetings with a meditation instructor, talks by a senior teacher, group discussions, and contemplative movement exercises.

LEVEL IV - Awakened Heart

Having further awakened our minds and hearts in Shambhala Training Weekend III, we continue our journey by allowing our natural curiosity to show us more of our world outside the parameters of our usual fears.

In this program, we will explore a meditation practice that teaches us to apply the mind of meditation to the challenges of everyday life. With this expanded meditation practice, our lives become filled with more options, more potential, and more chances to see the world with confidence, patience, and generosity.

LEVEL V - Open Sky

In this fifth and final level of Shambhala Training, we learn to inhabit the gentleness, openness and precision of our true nature so that the present moment can unfold around us in all its vivid brilliance.

By softening our hearts and appreciating the sacredness of our experience, our life itself becomes a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy, like that of an open sky.

Shambhala Training Levels IV-V include:

• Guided meditation practice
• Mindfulness meditation talks by a senior teacher
• Group discussions
• Optional one-on-one meditation instruction
• Mindfulness movement exercises

Arrival & Departure

Please plan on arriving between 3:00pm and 6:00pm on March 24, 2018. Dinner is at 6:30pm. The program begins at 7:30pm. March 30, 2018 is departure day; you are free to leave at any time.

About Shambhala Training

Shambhala Training offers a structured path of meditation and emotional intelligence education rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Shambhala tradition and created for the challenges of modern, everyday existence.

The Shambhala Training path consists of program suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition.

This comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the view that when we foster a more awake relationship with ourselves, we are creating a more awake and compassionate world.


Completion of Warrior in the World: Shambhala Training Level III.


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.

Those who can are encouraged to register using this option.

To encourage all to study, we offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price. Charitable donations provide the funding to make this pricing option available. We thank our donors for their generosity.

Financial Aid

Karmê Chöling offers interest-free payment plans, scholarships, and other financial assistance.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.


About Henry Chapin

After several years of Zen practice, Henry became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1977, and was a founding member and director of the Ottawa Shambhala Center. He has been a meditation instructor and teacher since 1978, and leads guide, meditation, ngöndro instructor and teacher training workshops as well as the courses and weekend retreats included in The Way of Shambhala 1 and 2.

Henry was appointed a regional shastri by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2010, and currently chairs the Shastri Council. He is also involved in prison outreach and hospital chaplaincy activities in Ottawa.

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