We are most fortunate that this program will be taught by Sarah Coleman. Sarah was a close student of the great meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who brought the Shambhala teachings to the west. She is also a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the current holder of the Shambhala teachings. Sarah has taught extensively for more than thirty years, has been living and teaching in Europe for the past sixteen years, and her teaching of Level 1 in Dublin 2016 was an outstanding success.
Shambhala Training Level I offers an excellent introduction to meditation in the context of the Shambhala teachings of ‘Basic Goodness’ which point to the fact that our inherent nature is inherently good, awake and brilliant. The teachings on this weekend offer us a chance to glimpse and taste this reality. Participants will be provided with in-depth meditation instruction - both group and individual.
This is the first in a cycle of five Shambhala Training weekends (Levels I -V) Our plan is to continue and offer all five of these weekends in sequence.
Shambhala Training is an approach to life developed by the renowned Tibetan buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now upheld by his successor Saykong Mipham Rinpoche. It is based on what Trungpa calls "Shambhala Vision", which sees enlightened society not as a distant ideal but as realizable by people of all faiths and none, through practices of mindfulness/awareness, non-aggression, and sacred outlook. The Shambhala Training teachings offer an open and progressive path through the deepening experience of meditation, awakening and bravery. While focusing on the individual developing an awareness of the basic goodness and inherent dignity of ourselves, others, and the everyday details of the world around us, its goal and vision is to achieve an enlightened society in our time.
“I am honoured and grateful that in the past I have been able to present the wisdom and dignity of human life within the context of the religious teachings of Buddhism. Now it gives me tremendous joy to present the principles of Shambhala warriorship and to show how we can conduct our lives as warriors with fearlessness and rejoicing, without destroying one another... I have been presenting a series of "Shambhala teachings" that use the image of the Shambhala kingdom to represent the ideal of secular enlightenment, that is, the possibility of uplifting our personal existence and that of others without the help of any religious outlook. For although the Shambhala tradition is founded on the sanity and gentleness of the Buddhist tradition, at the same time it has its own independent basis, which is directly cultivating who and what we are as human beings.”