The Art of Being Human

with John Rockwell

October 7th—October 8th

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    Room: BSMC

    Saturday, October 7, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Central

    Sunday, October 8, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Central

    This program is being offered through Shambhala Online.  We will stream it and participate as a group in the Center with our own discussions.  The best of both worlds: an outstanding international teacher and connection with a global sangha, received in the context of our own home sangha!

    This weekend retreat is ideal for anyone seeking to learn the practice of mindfulness meditation, develop a regular meditation practice, and cultivate a healthier and more loving relationship with themselves. 

    Through meditation practice, you will glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of your existence. You will learn how to open to yourself with gentleness and appreciation, and begin to see your potential as a genuine and compassionate human being.

    The Art of Being Human, also called Shambhala Level I, is an excellent introductory program for anyone interested in the path of meditation. It will help open your eyes, heart, and mind to your own basic goodness and the sacredness of life.

    This weekend retreat will include guided meditation instruction, periods of both sitting and “Zen-style” walking meditation, talks, silent periods, and group discussions. 

    This class I is the first retreat in a progressive series of weekend retreats, meaning each weekend is a requirement for the following weekend.

    Register on the Shambhala Online website.  Half of the fee will be returned to the Birmingham Center.


    Generosity Policy applies:  The Birmingham Shambhala Center does not wish restricted finances ever to interfere with one’s ability to receive the teachings. 

    • If paying the full price presents an obstacle to your participation, please use the “Pay what you can” option for registering, filling in the box with the price you are paying.  You can pay online with PayPal or a credit/debit car, or pay the amount at the door.
    • If you need to arrange a payment plan,  please make arrangements prior to the program by contacting Nick Buckner at [email protected].
    • 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.