Friday 21 December 2018 (19:00 -21:00)
Saturday 22 December 2018 (09:00 -18:00)
Sunday 23 December 2018 (09:00 -18:00)
Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level 1
The discipline of meditation enables us to work with the obstacles that arise as our practice develops. In Shambhala Training Level 2, 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.
Shastri Loretta Geuenich is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and lives in South Australia where she is a part of the small yet vibrant Adelaide Shambhala community. She works in the community sector and is currently undertaking post-graduate studies exploring contemplative practices in higher education. In Sanskrit, shastri literally means, “teacher learned in the texts and commentaries.” It reflects a role and responsibilities conferred by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, spiritual leader of Shambhala, on certain senior teachers in many Shambhala communities around the world. The Sakyong has asked the shastris to represent and teach his integrated Shambhala Buddhist curriculum, “The Way of Shambhala.”
Shambhala weekends are structured to offer participants teachings and an in-depth meditation retreat. Attendance is required for the Friday night talk and for each session of the program. 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, or pay the entire 2000 Baht) to confirm your reservation.
It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.
The Way of Shambhala is composed of Shambhala Training Levels I-V, each followed by a five-week course that expands upon what was offered in the weekend and brings the practice of meditation into everyday life.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. The Shambhala Training levels are 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 courses Meditation in Everyday Life and Contentment in Everyday Life are recommended either before or after Level I and Level II. Please click here for a full description and chart of the Way of Shambhala. The prerequisite for this weekend is Shambhala Training Level I.
If you're coming from out of town to attend, you can stay at the Revolution Hostel (www.revolutionhostels.com/home) which is right next door to us for about $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 (www.himalayaresidence.com), which is just a 10 minute walk from the Shambhala Center. They have an excellent restaurant there as well!