Saturday 10 September 2022 (09:00 -18:00)
Sunday 11 September 2022 (09:00 -18:00)
Bangkok Shambhala Meditation Center
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. 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 contemplative practice and social action.
In Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World we work in a deliberate way. We make an effort to bring the mindfulness and awareness cultivated during our meditation practice into all aspects of our daily life. When we become awake to our sense perceptions, we can venture into the world with confidence and vulnerability that is fearless, gentle, and alive.
The Warrior in the World leaves the stuffiness of the cocoon to explore the world with direct perception. This can be the beginning of a life-long love affair with the phenomenal world, one not based on the reference points of hope and fear or gain and loss. Along this journey we develop genuine confidence, humor, and personal dignity.
Every Shambhala Training level includes thorough meditation instruction, periods of meditation practice, one-on-one meetings to clarify questions, talks by senior teachers, group discussions and a concluding reception.
The teacher, Neal Greenberg (aka Mipham Jampa, was a student of the Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche since 1973. He has been appointed an Upadesha in that lineage and in the Nyingma Lineage appointed a Ngakpa Lama by the eminent “terton” His Holiness Kusum Lingpa who founded a monastery group in the Golok Region of Tibet and has numerous centers all over the globe. He was a close student and confidant of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the head of the Shambhala Lineage at present. He was an assistant teacher under the Sakyong for a teacher’s training in 2006. He taught many classes on a variety of topics under the Sakyong and Trungpa. He designed and founded a secular meditation program in Canada in which meditation was taught without Buddhist references. He has taught on various forms of Shamatha. He has studied with a wide array of great Tibetan lamas, including Khyentse Rinpoche, His Holiness Karmapa 16, Kalu Rinpoche, Khachyap Rinpoche, Hungkar Dorje Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dzognsar Khyentse Rinpoche and others. He has studied with Zen lineage holders, including Kobun Chino Roshi, and Sasaki Roshi. He has taught numerous Shambhala trainings and classes in the U.S. and Canada.
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. The course Joy in Everyday Life is recommended after Level III. The prerequisite for Joy in Everyday Life is Contentment in Everyday Life. Please click here for a full description and chart of the Way of Shambhala.
Prerequisites: Shambhala Training Level I and II.
Recommended: Meditation in Everyday Life and Contentment in Everyday Life
Shambhala weekends are structured to offer participants teachings and an in-depth meditation retreat. Attendance is required for each session of the program.
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.