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Shambhala Level I: The Art of Being Human (In Person)

Shambhala Level I: The Art of Being Human
with John Rockwell

Open to all!

Saturday Sunday, October 7th and 8th
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM Mountain
(Revised times)
In Person Only at the Denver Shambhala Center

This weekend retreat is being offered through Shambhala Online. We will participate as a group to watch the live-stream teachings — along with in-person practice, discussions and community at the Denver Shambhala Center. The best of both worlds: an outstanding international teacher and connection with a global sangha, received in the community of our own home sangha!

Shambhala Level I is ideal for anyone seeking to learn the practice of mindfulness meditation, develop a regular meditation practice, and cultivate a healthier and more loving relationship with themselves. 

Through meditation practice, you will glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of your existence. You will learn how to open to yourself with gentleness and appreciation, and to begin to see your potential as a genuine and compassionate human being.

This is an excellent introductory program for anyone interested in the path of meditation. It will help open your eyes, heart, and mind to your own basic goodness and the sacredness of life.

The weekend will include guided meditation instruction, periods of both sitting and “Zen-style” walking meditation, talks, silent periods, and group discussions. 

Shambhala Level I is the first retreat in a progressive series of weekend retreats, meaning each weekend is a requirement for the following weekend.

If you need additional information, please contact us at [email protected].


Registration is through the Shambhala Online website. Please use the registration link below and select Denver as your center. Using this link returns half of the net income to the Denver Center.

Open to all!
Price per person: $149.00

Patron price: $199.00

The Denver Shambhala Center and Shambhala Online are committed to making the Dharma accessible. If you are experiencing financial hardship, there is a link to request a discount on the registration page.


ONLINE: If you prefer to attend Shambhala Level I online only, more information is here.

About the Teacher

John Rockwell has been on the path of dharma for 47 years. He met Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1975 and studied and practiced the Buddhist and Shambhala teachings for 12 years with him, and in particular 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.

About Shambhala Training

Shambhala Training is designed to help us develop fearlessness, confidence, openness and gentleness towards ourselves and our world. These qualities arise out of meditation practice and the study of Shambhala warriorship principles. 

Developed by Chögyam Trungpa in 1976, Shambhala Training offers teachings based on the vision that every human being has a natural source of innate wakefulness that we can discover, cultivate and express in our life.

This path is open to anyone seeking to develop gentleness and strength through meditation. Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness-awareness meditation can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life.

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, and transforms the way we habitually see our life and our world. Our old habits and patterns become more transparent, leaving room for a more direct appreciation of situations.

The “Heart of Warriorship” curriculum consists of five weekend retreats that include meditation training and practice, talks by senior teachers, personal interviews, and group discussions.

Levels I-V provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuineness, confidence, humor, and dignity within the complexity of daily life.



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