Warrior in the World - Shambhala Training Level III

with Richard White & Dr. Jessica Gurvit

August 24th—August 26th

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  • $195 Non member
  • $175 Member

Warrior in the World, the second weekend of the Way of Shambhala series, marks a shift in focus from Levels One and Two.  Levels One and Two are focused on the individual experience – on working with meditation, understanding basic goodness, and getting an insight into the workings of cocoon.  Both One and Two are working with mindfulness, paying attention to details, following the breath, touching thoughts, going back to the breath.  At the end of Level II, we are seeing just the beginnings of a larger vision.  That wider perspective becomes the focus in Level III.  In other words, in Level III we are taking the first step beyond mindfulness toward awareness.  We go beyond the sense of this to an awareness of the larger space in which all of this experience happens.  This larger space includes the rest of the world.  Warrior in the world begins to develop awareness in the process by which we can enter the world of others in a sane and gentle way.  There will be individual discoveries of how one relates to the challenge, but staying with those reactions becomes a further development of the path.

The program includes meditation instruction, talks by the Director, group discussions, guided contemplative practice, and individualized instruction.

Pre-requisite: Birth of the Warrior:  Shambhala Training Level II.

Pre-registration and payment are required.  Please register for this program below.  

Shambhala Training

Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops, suited for both beginning 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 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.

Shambhala Training is inspired by the ancient legend of the Kingdom of Shambhala, said to be a society which drew its gentle and fearless sense of social responsibility from the practice of meditation. The legend of the Kingdom of Shambhala has been a guiding vision for many centuries in Asian culture and has parallels in Western traditions. All aspects of our daily life and society—family, commerce, education, the arts—can be permeated with a sense of sacredness.

This sequential program is part of an integrated curriculum called the Way of Shambhala, that offers an experiential overview of meditation practices, wisdom teachings, and contemplative arts rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Tibetan vajrayana Buddhism. This program of workshops and courses is taught by experienced Shambhala teachers. The unfolding stages of the Way of Shambhala curriculum represent the natural progression of awakening in our lives. The Shambhala Heart of Warriorship (Levels I-V) can be practiced as an independent series of workshops.

The Heart of Warriorship

Shambhala Training is organized into five weekend workshops that include meditation training and practice, talks by senior instructors, personal interviews and group discussions. Levels I-V provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuineness, confidence, humour, and dignity within the complexity of daily life. The workshops are recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as for those looking to enrich their existing spiritual path.

Level I: The Art of Being Human

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

Level II: Birth of the Warrior

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear. We begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness.

Level III: Warrior in the World

Developing fearlessness by examining our habitual tendencies, we are willing to experience our life without relying on the cocoon. We begin to engage the world directly and extend the attitude of fearlessness to our activities.

Level IV: Awakened Heart

With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness, and inquisitiveness about the world, as it is. We can extend ourselves to others fully and with kindness.

Level V: Open Sky

Communicating with the world gently and fearlessly, our awareness is sharpened and we find the open clear sky of mind—a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy. We trust our nature enough to let go into the present moment.

Our Generosity Policy

Palm Beach Shambhala remains open entirely due to the generosity of its members and program participants.  It is our sincere wish that no one be prevented from participating in programs at the Shambhala Center due to financial constraints.

Our Generosity Policy helps make programming available to all those who wish to participate.  Tuition fees reflect our costs to hold a program, but if the price is an obstacle, the Generosity Policy allows you to offer as much of the fee as you can based on your individual circumstances.

To utilize the Generosity Policy please register in advance of the program you wish to attend.  We cannot accept Generosity Policy registrations at the door, so please make arrangements in advance.