Weekend one of this training is part of a series of three weekend trainings that are designed as continuing education for already authorized Meditation Instructors, as well as meditation practitioners who are interested in developing as Meditation Instructors. Each weekend is designed to support those interested in sharing the practice of meditation with others to cultivate the understanding and skills to assist others along their meditation path.
You do not need to attend all three weekends. These weekend trainings are ideal for Groups and Centres to include within a mentoring program for those seeking a Meditation Instructor authorization at a local level.
Prerequisites: Weekends One and Two are open to everyone with a well-established meditation practice of 2+ years, ideally within the Shambhala community. Weekend Three is for authorized Meditation Instructors and those being mentored into the role only.
Weekend One includes discussion on how to give initial meditation instruction and will include time for questions, answers and insights by participants. Presenters will also address the following topics that are a part of current culture:
Sunday will focus on unpacking Shamatha-Vipashyana, including:
Dale Asrael has been a practitioner of meditation, Buddhism, and the Shambhala teachings for over 45 years. She became a student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1973 and, after his death, continued to study with other teachers of Tibetan Buddhism. She also trained with the Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck during the last twelve years of her life.
Dale teaches dharma programs and leads meditation retreats internationally, and served as an Acharya (senior teacher) for twenty years. She is an authorized teacher of traditional Daoist qigong in the Xiantianwujimen lineage of Eva Wong.
Dale is a Professor at Naropa University, where she founded and is the lead teacher for Naropa University Mindfulness Instructor Training, which just completed its twentieth annual cycle of training programs.
Her writing is published as chapters in three anthologies: “Love of Wisdom Puts You on the Spot” in Meditation in the Classroom, “No Hidden Corners” in Shadows and Light and “Compassionate Abiding” in Brilliant Sanity.
Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, has led group meditation retreats since 1976. He taught at Stanford, the University of Washington, and Naropa University, where he was a Core Faculty Member for fifteen years. The author of two books, Natural Wakefulness (on the four foundations of mindfulness) and Natural Bravery (on fear and fearlessness as path to manifesting bravery), his articles have appeared in Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, and Buddhadharma magazine. He contributed the foreword to the pioneering collection Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom (Shambhala, 2020).
2 steps to register:
– Email Geoff Bannoff (Vancouver) so we can coordinate the local class [email protected]
– register for the program on Shambhala Online’s website
– Use the code 2024CONTINUING50 to share the a portion of revenue with the Vancouver Shambhala Centre
– This weekend costs US$108. Choose “Request a discount” and choose “Unfavourable exchange rate” to pay US$80 = CAD$108.