Introduction to Meditation ~ Shambhala Weekend 1 ~ THE ART OF BEING HUMAN

with Sarah Addison

October 20th—October 21st

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  • $120.00 Program Price
  • $140.00 Patron Price
Room: Main Shrineroom

"The Art of Being Human: Feeling Human Again ~ Shambhala Weekend 1" is an introduction to meditation practice and the view of Shambhala Buddhism. This intimate urban retreat provides instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means to develop openness, courage, and mindfulness in daily life.

This first Shambhala Training Weekend (or "Level I") presents the view that human beings are--at the core--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.

We'll discover that awakening is not about escaping from the world we live in, but instead is about bringing our practice to every aspect of our lives: work, play, relationships, and more.  It all begins with giving ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with our true human existence -- the experience of our five senses, the feeling of emotions in our body, and yes, even the awareness of thoughts across our minds.

About Introduction to Meditation, Shambhala Weekend I:

"Feeling Human Again" (aka The Art of Being Human, Level I, and Ordinary Magic) is designed for new meditators or those looking to reconnect with meditation practice, and introduces the basic foundations of the Shambhala teachings on universal human wisdom.

Sarah Addison will incorporate these teachings into the weekend's talks and provide instructions for basic mindfulness-awareness meditation practice including posture, relating to thoughts, and breathing techniques.

The teacher and meditation instructors will be on hand to personally assist participants with one-on-one interviews and guided group meditation.

Weekend includes:

  • Guided meditation practice
  • Mindfulness meditation talks
  • Optional one-on-one meditation instruction
  • Concluding reception

Recommended reading: Shambhala: the Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa

Prerequisites: No pre-requisites! - Everyone is welcome. 

Note: Although this weekend retreat is a standalone workshop, it is also a "gateway" class to the Shambhala path and a pre-requisite to further Way of Shambhala teachings.  It would be required before being able to participate in Level II weekend retreat.  

Testimonials from previous Shambhala Training Weekends:

"What a profound weekend; perspective shifting." - Andy, 37

"It feels like everything has changed, even though my life is exactly the same as it was on Friday." - Sarah, 32

"I had been meaning to take this for a long time.  It was a much deeper experience than just coming to the weekly talks.  I have a new appreciation for retreats." - Robert, 51

About the Way of Shambhala Training Series

This weekend is a standalone workshop, sufficient unto itself, and requires no further commitment.  Should you wish to continue, further 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.  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 into our modern society as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.

Over the course of approximately a year, the Way of Shambhala introduces the entire Shambhala path.  This series offers a glimpse of the Shambhala vision of how we can create a better society by emphasizing the ways in which meditation can impact our daily lives, and from there, how the sanity of meditation can expand to impact our community and our whole society.  Please click_here for a full description and chart of the Way of Shambhala.

Location: Bellingham Shambhala Center, 2825 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA 98225.

Our Generosity Policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you, and offer as much of the program fee as you can. 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.

Registration: When registering, you'll have the opportunity to pay online through PayPal (or by credit card), which greatly simplifies the process for us.  If you have food allergies be sure to note that in "COMMENTS" on the registration form.  Billeting may is possible, if you register early (more than three weeks in advance of the program)--please also note billeting needs in the "COMMENT" box.

Questions? Email [email protected] with "Shambhala Feeling Human" in the subject line.