Way of Shambhala: Levels 1 & 2

with Shastri Betsy Pond

November 17th—November 19th

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    Price:
  • $230 Patron
  • $195 Regular
  • $80 Repeat
Room: Oak Cliff satellite at UUCOC

   By simply being on the spot, your life can become workable
                  and even wonderful --
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

This intimate urban retreat provides instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means to develop mindfulness in daily life and presents the view that human beings, at the core, are fundamentally awake. By training in meditation, we learn to remember our natural confidence and relax to the freshness of the present moment, no matter what that moment may bring.

Shambhala Training is a secular path of meditation training that develops confidence, fearlessness, openness, compassion and gentle action in the world. This action arises out of meditation practice and the study of peaceful warriorship in the Shambhala lineage.  It all begins with giving ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our fundamental human existence — the experience of our five senses, the feeling of emotions in our body, and the awareness of thoughts across our minds.

Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to experience with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to uncover our innate potential as genuine, worthy human beings.

This will be a combined program.  You may register for either Level individually OR for the combined program.

Level I: The Art of Being Human will take place Friday evening and Saturday.  This class is suitable for those with little or no meditation practice, as well as meditators who wish to integrate mindfulness practice with their daily lives. Engaging the mind, we glimpse the world's beauty without preconceptions, and begin to discover a basic goodness or completeness, which is always present.

Level II: Birth of the Warrior will take place on Saturday evening and Sunday.  This class furthurs the discipline of meditation practice, enabling us to work with obstacles that arise and to recognize habitual patterns, while discovering fearlessness.  We explore how habitual ways of thinking and experiencing obscure the raw brilliance of the world we live in and our own genuineness and tenderness. Moving forward out of these habitual patterns, we learn to work with the fear that arises.

The program will include meditation instruction, teaching talks, private interviews with the course instructor, group discussion, meals, and group meditation practice.

Prerequisite:
None. This course is open to everyone.

Suggested Reading:
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa.

Location:
This training program will take place at the Dallas Shambhala Center in Oak Cliff, at 3839 W. Kiest Blvd. (between Cockrell Hill Road and Westmoreland).  Our building is on the peaceful and verdant grounds of the Oak Cliff Unitarian Universalist church.

Cost of the Program(s):
Please pre-register online so that we can properly prepare for amounts of food, staff, materials, etc.

You may register for either Level individually OR for the combined program.

Level 1 or Level 2: 

$130 Regular ($15% discount)
$50 Repeat
$160 Patron (includes a donation to help others with less resources take the class at a reduced rate)

Combined Program (Levels 1 & 2): 

$195 regular ($25% discount)
$80 Repeat
$230 Patron (includes a donation to help others with less resources take the class at a reduced rate)

Full payment is not required at the time of pre-registration. You are welcome to make several payments before your program. We suggest an initial payment when you register and a final payment a week before the program begins.

Pay What You Can Policy:  We try to keep our programs costs low to make our classes available to all who wish to participate. If the program'd cost is still an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you, and offer as much of the program fee as you can. Indicate the amount you can afford in the "comments" line of the registration page.  Instead of making the regular payment when registering, you can make a separate payment of the reduced amount here:  https://dallas.shambhala.org/donate-2/.  

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a patron price.  Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.  

How to Pay
Tuition may be paid online when you register, or in person with a debit or credit card on the day of the class.  Use the "Click Here To Register" button to pay online when you register.

Dallas Shambhala is a non-profit organization run wholly by volunteers.  We depend on the interest and support of the community to offer our programs and events, so we thank you for your participation.