Being Human & the Path of Meditation: Shambhala Training Weekend I

with Jesse Miller, Susan Gluck, Ann Ziegler

May 18th—May 19th

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  • $150 Program Price
  • $200 Patron Price
  • Or pay what you can afford. Write in the amount.
Room: Meditation Hall

The Shambhala teachings are founded on the premise that there is basic human wisdom that can help to solve the world’s problems.  This wisdom does not belong to any one culture or religion, nor does it come only from the West or East.  Rather, it is a tradition of human warriorship that has existed in many cultures at many times throughout history.

—Chogyam Trungpa, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. In this workshop, we will receive practical instructions for transforming confused emotions 
and situations into effective actions as they arise.
 No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include everything as part of the path. Daily 
life challenges can become opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action. 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.

This workshop is recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as for those looking to enrich their existing spiritual path.

9 AMFirst talk
10:15 AMGuided sitting and walking meditation practice
with intermittent discussion
12 noonLunch
1:30 PMSitting, walking, individual meetings with
practice instructors
3:30 PMTea break
4 PMSitting and walking meditation
5 PMSecond talk
9 AMGuided practice
10:45 AMSmall discussion groups
11:30 AMFinal talk
12:30 PMShared lunch
1:30 PMCollaborative clean up















All inquiries may be addressed to JoshuaRaen: manager [at] berkeleyshambhala [dot] org

Jesse MillerJesse Miller has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for over forty years 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, Jesse often travels to other centers to teach and is a regular yearly visitor to the sanghas of  Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand.

Susan Gluck

Susan Gluck is a graphic artist who lives and works in Richmond. She has been studying and practicing the dharma in various traditions since the late 1970s. She was magnetized by the teachings of Ani Pema Chodron in 2003 and has been involved with Shambhala ever since. Jesse Miller was her instructor for Level 1 in 2004.

Recommended reading
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa

A note about payment
Everyone has the option of paying in accordance with their circumstances, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For those who can pay the patron rate, funds will go towards ensuring everyone has access to the weekend. 

About the Way of Shambhala
This weekend meditation retreat is the first in The Way of Shambhala series, a path of training in meditation and mindfulness practices intended to foster fearlessness, confidence, openness, and gentleness toward ourselves and our world. It is open to all.

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.