Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Shastri Calryn Aston

September 7 - 9

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

“Opening to oneself fully is opening to the world.” - Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

This mindfulness meditation retreat presents the view that human beings at their core, including ourselves, are fundamentally awake and good. It is open to all. The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I is the first of the five levels of the highly acclaimed Heart of Warriorship training curriculum, a seminal path of ancient meditation practices and wisdom teachings rooted in the Shambhala tradition - created for the challenges of today's modern, everyday existence.

This retreat is designed for those looking to:

• learn mindfulness meditation
• explore the Shambhala path
• deepen an existing mindfulness-awareness meditation practice

Through the practice of sitting and walking meditation, we will remember our natural confidence and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring. Shambhala Training presents the view that human beings, at the core, are fundamentally awake and good.

With the guidance of a senior Shambhala teacher and a group of experienced meditation instructors, you will discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but instead is about bringing a mindset of wakefulness to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more. It all begins with giving ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our true human existence—the experience of our five senses, the feeling of emotions in our body, and yes, even the awareness of thoughts across our minds.

Teachings on awake living will be incorporated into meditation instruction and informative talks. You will leave with the tools you need to bring a mindfulness meditation practice into your daily life.

Shambhala Training Level I includes:

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

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 programs 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.

Arrival & Departure

Please plan on arriving between 3-6pm on September 7th, 2019, to register and check-in. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins that evening at 7:30pm. The program ends around 6pm on September 9th.


Pricing

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.

FULL PRICE: $390
This is the actual price of the program.

DISCOUNT PRICE: $320
We offer this discounted price to those who cannot afford the full price of the program. This price is made possible through the generosity of Karmê Chöling and our donors

Payment Policies:
Karmê Chöling has updated its payment policies. The new policies apply to all programs that start after January 1, 2019. Please read the payment policies 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 x-101 or x-103). Program credit may not be used to pay for housing or practice materials and may not be used on or after arrival day.

Please Note:
Price includes meals but not accommodations.


Teachers

About Shastri Calryn Aston

Calryn Aston has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1997 and has been teaching across the Colorado Front Range and New Mexico since 2003. She hosts a weekly meditation group in her hometown of Jamestown, Colorado and has served as a director and a meditation instructor for many Shambhala programs and classes. She is the mother of two adult sons and works as a journalist and coach. Her present interest is working with regional and international groups to integrate mindfulness practice in disaster response and resilience trainings. 

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