Way of Shambhala is an extensive path of training in authentic meditation practices and wisdom teachings for anyone interested in pursuing such training. This program of courses and weekend retreats offers an experiential overview of practices, teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Vajrayana Buddhism.
The program is open to people of all religious backgrounds or no religious background. It is recommended for new and experienced meditators as well as those looking to enrich their personal spiritual path and social action.
We welcome you to participate to the extent you wish. Sample a course or a weekend retreat—or a number of them—at any time. The full program is described below.
Way of Shambhala consists of the following elements:
- Everyday Life series—five courses, with five weekly classes in each
- Shambhala Training series—five weekend retreats;
- Rigden: Unconditional Confidence—a weekend retreat
- the Basic Goodness series—three courses, with six weekly classes in each
- Sacred Path series—six weekend retreats
Way of Shambhala also encompasses some one- to two-week retreats and advanced assemblies. For information about those programs, and about how Way of Shambhala fits in the overall Shambhala path, please see The Shambhala Path on Shambhala's central website.
The courses are interactive, communal, and create a learning environment where the teachings are intimate and relevant. Participants train in meditation and use inquiry, dialogue, and contemplative arts to integrate the teachings.
The weekend retreats are opportunities to deepen meditation practice in a powerful environment that meets the needs of a workweek and family life.
You may start with any series except the Sacred Path. In each series, the courses or weekend retreats are designed to be taken sequentially. For example, Shambhala Training participants progress from Level I to Level V in sequence. The most gradual introduction is to take the Meditation in Everyday Life course first.