Birth of the Warrior - Shambhala Training Level II

March 16th—March 30th

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

We are continuing our 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 II: Birth of the Warrior is the second in a series of five programs. which are taken in sequence.

Birth of the Warrior builds on the presentation of basic goodness in The Art of Being Human (Shambhala Level I) and explores how our experiences in life lead us to develop emotional and behavioral routines in order to keep ourselves in our familiar comfort zone.  However, maintaining this comfort zone diminishes our connection to others and to the natural world.  Meditation practice allows us to notice our habitual routines with fearlessness and without self-judgment. Seeing the contrast between maintaining familiar patterns and opening up to the energy of the present moment is the basis for moving towards genuineness.

In each weekly session, we will listen to a talk from Level II as presented on Shambhala Online by Holly Gayley and Adrienne Chang, practice the meditation style for the Level, and have our own discussion.

The program will be hybrid, with the Zoom link made available upon registration.

Prerequisite: The Art of Being Human (Level I).

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.