Shambhala Training Level 1: The Art of Being Human

Friday 30 November 2018 (19:00 -21:00)
Saturday 1 December 2018 (09:00 -18:00)
Sunday 2 December 2018 (09:00 -12:00)
Teacher : Herbert Elsky
Coordinator :
Price: 1500
Weekend Program - with Friday evening talk Free and Open to the Public. By settling our minds, we begin to see the magic of the world beyond our habitual filters, and experience the quality of basic goodness which can neither be created nor destroyed.

Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative weekend workshops. 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 enrich their existing spiritual path. 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 Art of Being Human includes talks by the director, individual meditation instruction meetings, periods of walking and sitting meditation, mind/body exercises, and group discussions.

Suited for both beginning and experienced meditators, Shambhala Training Level 1, The Art of Being Human offers a foundation of mindfulness-awareness sitting practice together with mind/body practices.  Participants will be introduced to the Shambhala path of warriorship based on the development of genuineness, confidence, humor, and dignity within the complexity of daily life.

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.

Friday November 30th, from 7pm - 9pm; Opening Talk; Free and open to the public.

Saturday December 1st, from 9am - 6pm: Meditation, talks by the director, and individual meditation instruction meetings.

and Sunday December 2nd, from 9am - 12 noon; Meditation, discussion groups, concluding talk, & reception.

Each day includes a lunch break from 12 noon -1:30pm (bring your own or go out to lunch) and an afternoon tea break, served by the centre. A continental breakfast will be served on Saturday and Sunday, and there will also be a reception with food and drinks at the end of the program on Sunday.

Herbert Elsky is a senior student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Mipham Rinpoche.  He met Trungpa Rinpoche first in 1971 and was one of the founding members of the Los Angeles Shambhala Centre. He was the Director of Shambhala Training in Los Angeles for many years and later he was the Head of Practice at the residential Shambhala centre Karme Chöling in Vermont for three years.(1988-1991).  He moved to France in 1995 with his wife Catherine, to help renovating the buildings and establishing Dechen Chöling as a practice centre. He was the Head of Practice at Dechen Chöling from 1995-1997.  He teaches all levels of Shambhala Training and Shambhala Art and since moving to France he has been teaching through-out Europe.  Herbert Elsky is an artist, a sculptor, who exhibited his sculptures of transparent resin regularly in art galleries while he was living in Los Angeles. Since moving to France he has created “La Baluba” theatre as his work has evolved towards sound and performance work.

For those attending the weekend program, it is necessary to attend the entire program including Friday evening.  Friday evening is also free and open to the public as an introductory talk.  

We have a limited number of participants we can accept for the program, due to space constraints, so please register early to confirm your spot!  You'll be required to make a deposit (of 500 Baht) to confirm your reservation.  If you'd like to attend, please register by clicking the link below.  It's not necessary to register if you only want to attend the Friday evening talk.

If you're coming from out of town to attend, you can stay at the Revolution Hostel ( which is right next door to us for under $10 (US) per night.  Mention that you're attending the program here when you book the room, so they can put you in the dorm room with others from the retreat, and recieve a discount (coupon code: SMG BKK)!  If you're looking for an individual/private room, we recommend the Himalaya Residence (, which is just a 10 minute walk from the Shambhala Center.