Awakened Heart: Shambhala Level IV

with Barbara Hirschfeld & Susan Gluck

April 20th—April 21st

Date details +
  • $150 Program Price
  • $200 Patron Price
  • $75 Limited Income Price
  • $50 Repeater Price
  • Or pay what is possible; type-in the amount:
Room: Meditation Hall

In-Person only Weekend Meditation Retreat Presented by Berkeley Shambhala
PrerequisiteS: Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the world

Awakened heart comes from being willing to face your state of mind. Deepen your meditation practice, and continue along the path of the Shambhala teachings on warriorship, in this weekend retreat. 

Please join us for Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Weekend IV

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV builds on the presentation of basic goodness in Shambhala Level I,  the teachings on “cocoon” in Shambhala Level II, and the exploration of fearlessness in Level III.

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.

We will expand our meditation practice further, building on the mindfulness-awareness techniques learned in Shambhala Training Levels I, II, and III, and exploring real techniques for how to be even more present for both ourselves and others with more care and curiosity.

Repeaters welcome — each time we experience these teachings, we step freshly into the river.

Shambhala Training Level IV includes

  • Guided meditation practice
  • Sitting and walking meditation
  • Talks by experienced teachers
  • Mindfulness meditation — on and off the cushion
  • Question & answer periods
  • Group discussions 
  • Individual meetings with a trained meditation instructor
  • Connecting with people interested in meditation and discovering the brilliance of the world around them!
  • Concluding festive reception


Our Teachers

photo of Basha HirschfeldBasha Hirschfeld has been a spiritual seeker all her life. She has been a student of Ani Pema Chödrön and of Shambhala since 2001, and has had the great honor of leading classes and teaching meditation in the Shambhala tradition. Born in the Bronx, daughter of German Jewish refugees, Basha grew up in the beatnik era, later became a hippie, and then a radical feminist, leading protests and making films about change. Aside from the mundane miracles of motherhood and marriage, and now grand-motherhood, she enjoys running a small meditation retreat center Open Sky Retreat Space out of her home in Sebastopol.

photo of Susan GluckAssistant Director, Susan Gluck When Susan heard the voice of Pema Chödrön 20+ years ago, she knew immediately that this was her teacher. Later at a retreat, Pema said she comes from a tradition called Shambhala. Susan visited Berkeley Shambhala Center and knew right away, again, that she had found a home in which she could practice, work with her inspiration, confusion, doubt, and share her love for the dharma. She works as a graphic designer with her partner and dharma mate Lory, and loves to study jazz piano improvisation and composition.

Awakened Heart: Shambhala Training Level IV

Sat-Sun, April 20 & 21 • 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
In-person only at the Berkeley Shambhala Center

Repeaters welcome!

Please be vaccinated and boosted; masks optional. Arrive at 8:30 am for coffee/tea and community time. The program begins promptly at 9:00 am.

Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

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
  • $  50 Repeaters price
  • Pay what is possible: type in dollar amount in space. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Program Policy

Online Program Attendance  Zoom is available for computers, smart phones, and tablets. You need to download the free app on your device before joining the session. Once it’s loaded, click the link and follow the prompts to join the session. Please join at least 5-10 minutes in advance so that you’re ready when the program begins. Note that the Zoom experience seems to be most predictable when you are signed into your Zoom account and have the most current version installed on your computer. Learn more about Zoomread Zoom FAQs.
Programs with 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. If you are feeling unwell on the day of the program, out of consideration for others please stay home.
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