Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Jesse Miller

October 7th—October 8th

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  • $150 Program Price
  • $200 Patron Price
  • $75 Limited Income Price
  • $50 Repeater Price
  • Pay what you can afford: write in the amount.
Room: Meditation Hall

In-Person only Weekend Meditation Retreat Presented by Berkeley Shambhala
Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level I: The art of being human

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level I, 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.

This weekend workshop builds on the meditation practice introduced in The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training I and explores how we create a cocoon of our habitual ways of thinking, often obscuring the brilliance of the world we live in. By opening to our own genuineness and tenderness, we learn how to work with fear and appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness.

Based on ancient teachings that were brought to the West by Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Training offers a way of living in the world with confidence, genuineness and creative expression based on the inherent wisdom that exists in every person. Shambhala training offers clear and precise methods for uplifting our personal experience and that of others.

The weekend includes

  • Breakfast at 8:30 am each day
  • Guided meditation practice
  • Mindfulness meditation talks
  • Group discussion
  • One-on-one meditation instruction



Our Teacher

photo of Jesse MillerJesse Miller is a long-time student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and has also studied with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Pema Chödrön. He has taught widely at centers on the West Coast, New Zealand, and Australia.





Birth of the Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II

Sat-Sun, Oct 7th & Oct 8th • 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
In-person only at the Berkeley Shambhala Center. Please be vaccinated and boosted; masks optional.
Arrive at 8:30 am for breakfast and community time. The program begins at 9:00 am.

Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human

If you have questions, please contact the coordinator Karen Walls at kjenwalls [at] gmail [dot] com

  • $150 Program price
  • $200 Patron price (paying the Patron price helps support those needing to pay the Limited Income price)
  • $  75 Limited Income price
  • Pay what you can afford: write in dollar amount in space. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Program Policy

In-Person Attendance  Please be vaccinated and boosted for the safety of yourselves and others. The meditation hall is large, well-ventilated and served by two very high quality air filters. Seating will be well-spaced. Masks are optional and available.
Registration  Please register and pay online in advance of programs that require registration in order to make certain you receive all communications including the link for the program. Our online payment system is set up to accept payment through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to pay via your credit or debit card for a program.
Generosity Policy  The Berkeley Shambhala Center is funded solely by your membership and program donations. Thank you for your generosity as you consider what you can pay for each program at our Center. We strive to price our programs in a way that accurately reflects the financial need of our Center and the cost to us of producing the program. We are committed to offering our programs to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. Most programs include a base program price as well as a sliding scale. If you need to reach a member of the Shambhala Center Staff, email shambhalaberkeley [at] gmail [dot] org with your inquiry.
What is the Patron Price?  The other aspect of our Generosity Policy is our Patron Price. Those who are able to offer more than the regular program price can select the Patron Price option. By selecting this option, your generosity is helping to cover the costs of those who may not be able to pay the full price of the program. Thank you for your consideration, and for helping all to receive the treasure of the Shambhala Dharma. We appreciate you registering and paying online. This helps us not only to plan for the program, but speeds up the registration line on the day of the program.
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