The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level I

February 17th—March 2nd

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  • $75 Standard Price
  • $90 Patron Price
  • Or pay what you can
Room: BSMC

We are trying a new schedule format for the Way of Shambhala classes.  The old plan of weekend-long retreats or classes is difficult for many people, and since this path of meditation explicated in the Shambhala teachings is so deep and valuable, we want to make it more accessible.  Therefore, each class will be scheduled in a weekly format: three Saturdays from 9 am to noon, with opportunities to make up sessions you miss.

The Shambhala Training arc offers guidance in gradually deepening our personal meditation practice as a pathway to developing connection with and confidence in our fundamental human goodness, worthiness and bravery.  Practice follows the trajectory described in Chögyam Trungpa’s book, Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior.   Level I: The Art of Being Human is the first in a series of five programs. which are taken in sequence.

In Level I: The Art of Being Human we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence through the practice of meditation. As we open to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

In each weekly session, we will listen to a talk from Level I as presented on Shambhala Online by John Rockwell, practice the meditation style for the Level, and have our own discussion.  The Saturdays we are meeting are:

  • February 17, 9:00 am - noon
  • February 24, 9:00 am - noon
  • March 2, 9:00 am - noon


This program is open to everyone. There are no prerequisites required.  The program will be hybrid, with the Zoom link made available upon registration.

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.