Shambhala Training Level 2: Birth of the Warrior

March 11th—March 13th

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  • $175 Enriching
  • $150 Sustaining
  • Pay what you can afford
Room: Outside venue; see description

Shambhala Training Level II is the second retreat weekend in the highly acclaimed Shambhala Training curriculum. Completion of Shambhala Training Level I is a prerequisite for this program. The Everyday Life course series is recommended to be taken in parallel with Shambhala Training Levels I-V.

This Shambhala Training Level II course is being hosted by the Pioneer Valley Shambhala Meditation Center, with Shambhala Albany and three other regional Shambhala Centers participating virtually.

 "Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth."

- Pema Chödron

About Shambhala Training Level II

This intimate program provides a deepening of instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means to explore how we can free ourselves from the patterns that repress the brilliant, compassionate, mindful warrior within.

This second Shambhala Training Level presents the view that when we open up to our own genuineness, we can begin to work directly with our fears. Through tenderness, we can meet life's challenging moments, not with distractions and self-aggression, but with courage and confidence.

By relating to fear through meditation practice, we begin to appreciate that there isn't actually anything fundamentally wrong with us. We are good, just as we are, right here and now. We can discover and cultivate the bravery necessary to embrace our true nature.

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior introduces a meditation practice that builds upon the mindfulness-awareness technique of Shambhala Training Level I. The level provides students with real techniques for working with fear and habitual patterns of thought and behavior.

Our Shambhala teachers will incorporate these teachings into the weekend’s talks and meditation instruction. They lead a team of meditation instructors to personally assist participants with one-on-one sessions and guided group meditation.

Shambhala Training Level II includes:

  • Guided meditation practice

  • Meditation talks

  • One-on-one sessions with a senior instructor

  • Concluding Sunday celebration

About Shambhala Training

Shambhala Training offers a structured path of meditation and emotional intelligence education rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Shambhala tradition and created for the challenges of modern, everyday existence.

The Shambhala Training path consists of weekly classes and weekend retreats suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition.

This comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the view that when we foster a more awake relationship with ourselves, we can and are fostering a healthy transformation in society and our world altogether.


"I can't think of anyone who would not benefit from this."

"Such a powerful tool for personal growth."

Open to all. Zoom information will be sent prior to the class. If price is an obstacle, pay what you can afford.

Please register in advance! 

Note:  Sunday, March 13 is the start of Daylight Savings Time so adjust your clock accordingly.


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