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Location: Davis Shambhala Meditation Center

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level 2

Deepen your meditation practice, and continue along the path of the Shambhala teachings on warriorship, in this weekend retreat.

Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II builds on the presentation of basic goodness in Shambhala Level I, and explores how habitual ways of thinking, known as “cocoon” in Shambhala, obscure the raw brilliance of ourselves and the world we live in.

You will learn a meditation practice that builds upon the mindfulness-awareness technique of Shambhala Training Level I, and explore real techniques for working with fear and habitual patterns of thought and behavior.

By opening to our own genuineness and tenderness, we begin to notice, and learn how to work with, our deep-seated habits and defenses. We begin seeing through obscurations of habitual patterns that we have created over time.

Included in the Retreat

  • Guided meditation instruction
  • Periods of both sitting and walking meditation
  • Talks by an experienced dharma teacher 
  • Silent periods
  • Question & answer periods
  • Group discussions
  • Individual meetings with a trained Meditation Instructor 
  • Connecting with people interested in meditation and discovering the brilliance of the world around them! 

Birth of the Warrior is the second retreat in a progressive series of weekend retreats, meaning each weekend is a requirement for the following weekend.

About the Teacher

Mike Ratener has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, for more than 45 years.  He’s taught classes and programs in San Francisco, Berkeley, Davis and San Diego.  As a psychiatrist, what Mike learned from these teachings has been at the center of his relationships with his patients.  He has found the heartfelt honesty of this path, and its simple invitation to embrace our human nature, to be the greatest gift he’s received.  More than anything else, Mike wants to pass this on to others.


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