This online weekend meditation retreat presents the view that human beings, at their core, are fundamentally awake. We usually associate happiness with fleeting moments of satisfaction, pleasure or comfort, but the Shambhala teachings and the meditation practice they are based on can lead us to a deeper and more enduring wakefulness. This is the path we set out to explore in Level 1 as mindfulness practice begins to open us to the depth and dimension of the present moment where we learn to appreciate who and what we really are.
Shambhala Training Level 1 : The Art of Being Human introductory weekend explores and deepens the basic technique of mindfulness meditation. By allowing our mind and body to settle, we begin to see the magic of the world beyond our habitual filters. We can provide the space to appreciate our human life, to make friends with the full range of our experience including challenging emotions as well as simple delight.
The Art of Being Human is designed for new meditators or those looking to reconnect with meditation practice. Students leave with the tools they need to bring a meditation practice into their daily lives.
This weekend includes:
Guided meditation instruction and practice
Talks by an experienced teacher in the Shambhala tradition
Group discussions led by meditation instructors
Preparing for an online retreat:
- It is important to set time aside for the retreat. Setting aside technology during the retreat will be helpful.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Have a good internet signal for zoom sessions.
- Find a quiet, clean uplifted environment for the retreat, preferrably away from others in your house.
- Tell housemates you're unavailable during practice sessions. You'll be able to catch up during breaks.
- Have a comfortable chair or sitting cushion.
Level I is a prerequisite for participating in the Level II retreat in December.
About the Way of Shambhala Curriculum
Shambhala Training is part of the Way of Shambhala. The Way of Shambhala path is a secular course of practice and study which consists of weekly classes and weekend retreats suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition. This comprehensive overview of meditation and contemplative living practices presents the profound, simple and incredibly relevant view that when we foster a more awake and compassionate relationship with ourselves and with others, we are creating a more awake and compassionate world