Finding Bravery in Times of Confusion - Shambhala Training Levels I - III
with Benoît Côté
February 22 / 12:00 AM - March 1 / 12:00 AM
Levels I-III are the first three of the five levels of the highly acclaimed Heart of Warriorship training curriculum which provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuineness, confidence, humor, and dignity within the complexity of daily life. This retreat is recommended for both new and experienced meditators.
The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is the basis of a secular path of meditation, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life. Shambhala Training is the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship - the tradition of human bravery, kindness, and leadership. This path shows how to take the challenges of daily life in our modern society as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.
Every Shambhala Training level includes thorough meditation instruction, periods of meditation practice, optional one-on-one meetings with a meditation instructor, talks by a senior teacher, group discussions, and contemplative movement exercises.
LEVEL I - The Art of Being Human
Through the practice of sitting and walking meditation, we will remember our natural confidence and relax into 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.
LEVEL II - Birth of a Warrior
By opening to our own genuineness and tenderness, we learn how to work with fear to cultivate the willingness to see our deep-seated habits and defenses. This weekend program intensifies the discipline of meditation practice, which enables us to begin seeing through obscurations of habitual patterns that we have created over time.
With the guidance of a senior Shambhala teacher and a group of experienced meditation instructors, you will learn a meditation practice that builds upon the mindfulness-awareness technique of Shambhala Training Level I. This program provides students with real techniques for working with fear and habitual patterns of thought and behavior.
LEVEL III - Warrior in the World
Having learned not to turn away from fear, we can extend this strength into everyday life situations. We learn that we can apply our practice to whatever arises, developing more confidence in all aspects of our world to further awaken the mind and heart.
With the guidance of a senior Shambhala teacher and a group of experienced meditation instructors, you will learn a meditation practice that builds upon the technique learned in Shambhala Training Level II. This program provides students with real techniques for raising our gaze and relating to the world around us like warriors.
Shambhala Training Levels I-III include:
• Guided meditation practice
• Mindfulness meditation talks by a senior teacher
• Group discussions
• Optional one-on-one meditation instruction
• Mindfulness movement exercises
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 February 22, 2019 to check-in and regsiter. Dinner is offered at 6:30pm. The program begins at 7:30pm. March 1, 2019 is departure day; you are free to leave at any time.