Simply Being: Shamhbala Meditation Winter Weekthun

with Acharya Alan Schwartz, Shastri Sandra Ladley, Jesse Miller

December 27th—January 2nd (2017)

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  • $400 Program Price
  • $475 Patron Price
  • Or pay in accord with your circumstances ($200 suggested minimum)
Room: Meditation Hall

This retreat is open to all. No prerequisites. If this is your first Shambhala weekthun, please register for the entire retreat. If you have previously attended a weekthun, you are welcome to come for whichever days you are avialable. No partial days.

"At this time, great confusion and suffering exist because humanity cannot simply be…Humanity's spirit has been dampened. As warriors of Shambhala, it is up to us to gently blow on the ember of goodness with courageous windhorse, aspiring that we may personally take responsibility for uplifting ourselves and society. We do so not by castigating ourselves, but by appreciating who we are as human beings."

—Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shambhala Meditation: Proclaiming Basic Goodness

Winter is the natural time of year to gather in community, reflect on our lives, and set aspirations for the year to come. Whether you are a newcomer to meditation or a leader in Northern California Shambhala, this retreat is the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Through the profound practice of Shambhala Meditation, we learn to feel, be, and touch the basic goodness of being human. In addition to plenty of time for sitting and one-on-one meditation instruction, this retreat will also include study of the "Aspiration of Shambhala." Through talks, group discussions and deep personal contemplation of this potent chant we will evoke the tender-hearted courage necessary to benefit our world and "appreciate who we are as human beings."

Includes evening events such as video talks and the shambhala sadhana until 9 PM certain evenings.

Attendance guidelines:
This retreat is open to beginning and experienced meditators and will include both shamatha and vajrayana tracks. It fulfills one week of a dathun requirement and vajrayana group practice days. A special ngondro track with evening sessions will be led by Acharya Schwartz and will count as a week of land center credit.

For practitioners who have previously attended a weekthun in the Shambhala tradition, you are welcome to come to part of the retreat; however, no partial days are permitted ($60-$80 suggested donation/day).

The last day to enter the weekthun is on New Years Eve, December 31. After that date, no new or drop-in participants will be allowed. Anyone who has participated on New Years Eve is welcome to stay for the remainder of the retreat.

If you have questions, please contact the program producer, Kate Raddock at krraddock [at] gmail [dot] com


Photo portrait of Acharya Alan Schwartz

Acharya Alan Schwartz became a student of Shambhala in 1970. 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. 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.

Sandra LadleyShastri Sandra Ladley is a long-time Shambhala Buddhist practitioner and teacher.  She teaches Shambhala and Shambhala Art widely and leads creative, psycho-educational, and Social Presencing groups. Sandra is a core faculty member and the program manager for the Karuna Training program in contemplative psychology.  She draws on her experiences as a manager, counselor and social artist in business, mental health, hospice and creative arts settings to bring depth, warmth and humor to her teaching. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  


Jesse Miller has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for over forty yearsPhoto portrait of Jesse Miller and has been directing Shambhala Training programs since 1991. He is also a teacher of buddhist programs and has worked closely with Pema Chodron in several large programs in the Bay Area and at Shambhala Mountain Center. A member of the Berkeley Shambhala Center, and an active member on Tamalpais Shambhala's Council, Jesse often travels to other centers to teach and is a regular yearly visitor to the sanghas of Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand.