Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

September 5th—September 7th (2014)

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  • $190 Program Price
  • $225 Patron Price
  • $90 Student/Early Registration
Room: Meditation Hall

Level I: The Art of Being Human

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

Discover basic goodness in the world and ourselves.

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

This weekend workshop will include meditation instruction, sitting and walking meditation, discussion groups, talks, and question and answer sessions. The Art of Being Human is the first of a series of five weekend workshops. This weekend retreat is open to the public.

The Friday night talk is free and comes with no obligation to attend the rest of the weekend. Come learn about what Shambhala Training is all about!

In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a “pay what you can afford” policy. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can. For those who cannot afford the full price, please write in what you can afford.

About the Way of Shambhala:

The Way of Shambhala is composed of Shambhala Training Levels I-V, each followed by a five-week course that expands upon what was offered in the weekend and brings the practice of meditation into everyday life.

Over the course of a year, the Way of Shambhala introduces the entire Shambhala path. This series offers a glimpse of the Shambhala vision of enlightened society by emphasizing the ways in which meditation can impact our daily lives, and from there, how the sanity of meditation can expand to impact our community and our whole society.

The course Meditation in Everyday Life is recommended either before or after Level I.

Alan Schwartz became a student of Shambhala in 1970, when Trungpa Rinpoche first arrived and began to teach in North America. In the 1980's, Alan served for five years as the principal executive officer of 3-month seminary programs. During that time he was also appointed to serve as teacher-in-residence to Shambhala's San Francisco community, which he did for nine years. In 2010 he was appointed a Shastri. In 1989 Alan married Kerry Golemon Schwartz. They have raised two children, and continue to teach actively in the Bay Area under the guidance of the Sakyong. 

Alan is particularly inspired by the Sakyong's leadership and vision for social transformation and applying profound Shambhala Buddhist teachings in areas of worldly impact, such as working with the energy of business and wealth, and transforming materialism to activity which benefits society.