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Location: Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston

FREE! Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Weekend [IN PERSON]

We would like to offer this Shambhala Training retreat free to everyone! We need as many people as possible cultivating basic sanity in the year ahead – able to respond to challenges with genuineness, confidence, humor and dignity. We ask that you commit to attend the full weekend, and to let us know if you won’t be able to attend.

Registration is still required so we can prepare for the program. We hope you will join us!


Deepening the practice of meditation, noticing and learning to work with habitual patterns, helps us discover fearlessness – the birth of warriorship – a warriorship of vulnerability and bravery, not aggression. 

This weekend retreat is grounded in the view that when we open up to our own genuineness, we can begin to work directly with our fears. Through tenderness, we can meet life’s challenging moments, not with distractions and self-aggression, but with courage and confidence. 

Deepening our meditation practice allows us to observe how we personally create a cocoon of habits to mask vulnerability and fear, habits that trap us and prevent us from experiencing the full potential of our lives.

Through meditation, we begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing Basic Goodness.

Saturday, May 4, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday, May 5, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

This Weekend Includes:

– Instruction in silent sitting and walking meditation

– Lively and helpful talks and small group discussions

– One-on-one meetings with a teacher

– The support of practicing in a community of like-minded people

– A simple vegetarian lunch and snacks

– Concluding Sunday reception


Shambhala Training is based on developing gentleness and genuineness so that we can help ourselves and develop tenderness in our hearts. We no longer wrap ourselves in the sleeping bag of cocoon. We feel responsible for ourselves, and we feel good taking responsibility. We also feel grateful that, as human beings, we can actually work for others. It is about time that we did something to help the world.

Chögyam Trungpa


No previous program or experience is required to sign up. You may take the first three Shambhala Training Weekends in any order.

If you have questions about this weekend, please contact Max Roberts-Zirker at [email protected]

Here is what some past participants have said about Shambhala Training weekends:

“It was a profound experience for me, and I felt very moved by the offerings of the teachers. I left with a deep appreciation of Shambhala and a firm desire to continue the practice.”

“It was not until I left Shambhala and was continuing my walking meditation at the beach that I realized how rooted I felt… In addition, I found the practice of sitting with my eyes open offered me a new lens and a different perspective on the process.”

“The fact that everyone was so deeply connected to the practice, it nourished my sense of well being.”

Registration Please register with an email you check regularly. We will send important information about the program to you via email and don’t want you to miss it.

You will not receive an email right away. Participants will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registration, and a second confirmation email with program details approximately 1 week before the program begins. Sometimes emails may end up in your promotions, spam or junk folder. It’s also possible that you’ve unsubscribed from emails from Shambhala, which prevents you from receiving the necessary emails. If you don’t receive the confirmation email, please contact [email protected].

Price – Our standard price is $185 for the weekend, but our primary goal in offering these foundational teachings is to make them accessible to everyone who feels it would be beneficial. We are waiving the price for this program. If you are able, we welcome donations, but none are required or expected.

Payment: We use Paypal to process payments. You can choose to pay through a paypal account (if you have one) or with a credit or debit card. Unfortunately Paypal sometimes disables guest checkout “based on several risk factors” and will prompt you to create an account. If you run into this issue, please email [email protected] to let us know. We hope to find a better solution soon.

In-person participation As an in-person event, all participants must agree to abide by the Shambhala Center’s current Coronavirus Precautions Policy. Additionally, we ask you to limit the use of scented products, as many people have chemical sensitivities. Note that our building is not wheelchair accessible.

FAQ Common questions might be answered on our FAQ page.

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