“The Art of Being Human” ~ Shambhala Training Weekend ~ Level 1

with Shastri Rebecca Hazell & Shastri Mark Hazell

April 7th—April 8th

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  • $120 Program Price
  • $140 Patron Price
Room: Main Shrineroom

Through the practice of meditation, we begin to glimpse that goodness—rather than confusion—is the unconditional ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

This first weekend retreat of the Way of Shambhala path of training introduces the practice of meditation and the basic principles of the Shambhala teachings. The retreat includes meditation instruction and practice, talks, group discussion, and individual interviews.  Shambhala 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.

As human beings, we long for sanity, compassion and inspiration in our lives. According to the Shambhala teachings, this longing is a manifestation of basic goodness—the dignity and wakefulness that we all possess. Level I, a key introductory program open to all, presents the practice of meditation as a way to uncover and contact this innate dignity and wakefulness.

The program involves the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship—a path of nonaggression born from the willingness to meet our world without bias or judgment. This path shows how to take the challenges of everyday life as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.

This program is OPEN TO ALL.

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.

To register, click on the button below. Once you have completed your registration, you will have the option to pay online via PayPal. PayPal is the most efficient form of payment--however, cash and checks will be accepted on the first day of the program

Generosity Policy:   The Bellingham Shambhala Center is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers and supported by the generosity of its members and program participants.  It is our commitment that everyone, regardless of financial resources, feel welcome at all our programs and events.

If the cost for a program presents an obstacle to your participation, please contact the registrar for your program in advance to discuss paying a reduced cost. Generosity is what enables our center to share these teachings with others, so please offer the most you can afford. This helps ensure the continuity of our programs and the sustainability of our Center.
If you have the means to help offset the cost of another’s fee, we encourage you to consider donating a higher tuition.

Prerequisites: None—everyone is welcome. (Note: Shambhala Training Level I is prerequisite for Level II.)

Dates and times: Saturday, April 7, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM; and Sunday, April 8, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

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

Suggested reading: Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, by Chögyam Trungpa. This book is available for purchase in the Bellingham Shambhala Center's bookstore, and for lending from our Center Library.


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


Questions? Email [email protected] with "The Art of Being Human" in the subject line.