Friday 3 April 2009 (19:00 -12:00)
Bangkok Shambhala Meditation Center
Shambhala Training Level I: The Art of Being Human
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.
Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops, suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is the basis of a secular path of meditation, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life.The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is the basis of a secular path of meditation, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life. Shambhala Training is the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship—the tradition of human bravery and leadership. This path shows how to take the challenges of daily life in our modern society as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.
The Shambhala Training is inspired by the ancient legend of the Kingdom of Shambhala, said to be a society which drew its gentle and fearless sense of social responsibility from the practice of meditation. The legend of the Kingdom of Shambhala has been a guiding vision for many centuries in Asian culture and has parallels in Western traditions. All aspects of our daily life and society—family, commerce, education, the arts—can be permeated with a sense of sacredness. Shambhala Training is organized into five weekend workshops that include meditation training and practice, talks by senior instructors, personal interviews and group discussions. Levels I - V provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuineness, confidence, humor, and dignity within the complexity of daily life. The workshops are recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as for those looking to enrich their existing spiritual path.
Director: Craig Warren Smith, PhD, is a former professor of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Recently relocated to Bangkok, he is currently a visiting professor of Chulalongkorn University's Center for Ethics of Science and Technology. He also is an advisor to some of Asia's most prominent business leaders and corporations, and, is a columnist for the Bangkok Post. He is a long-time Senior Teacher of Shambhala International and has taught meditation for more than two decades.
Assistant Director: Elizabeth M. Olmsted, M.I.I.M. has been a Yoga and Meditation instructor since the early 1970’s. She has studied and practiced extensively under Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda, Ven. Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Ven.
Saturday April 4th, 8:45 am - 6:00 pm (18:00)
Sunday April 5th, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm (13:00)
Directions: Take the subway to the Queen Sirikit station, and exit
#4 to Soi Phai Sing To. You’ll see the building, “Monterey Place”,
on the right as you’re coming up the escalator out of the subway.
Turn left to get to the road (Soi Phai Sing To). The meditation
room is next to the fitness equipment on the 7th floor.