Please note: This "open enrollment" course may be completed on your own schedule. The discussion area is less active, but is still open, and there is no facilitator. The price is reduced from $149 to $99. We recommend that you keep a journal about the class and meet with your Meditation Instructor to discuss the contemplation topics. Questions? Contact [email protected].
A 5-week Course
Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. When we touch the world directly, we discover ordinary magic. No longer deterred or depressed by obstacles, we can include everything as part of the path and play with whatever arises. The challenges and richness of daily life become opportunities for both contemplative practice and social and ecological action.
Prerequisite for this Course
Fearlessness in Everyday Life. Shambhala Training Levels I-IV recommended but not required.
About the Teacher
John Rockwell has been a student of Buddhism and the Shambhala teachings for 30 years. He was professor of Buddhist Studies at the Naropa Institute for 12 years, co-director of Karmê Chöling Meditation Center for 4 years, and Director of Shambhala International for 5 years. He is a member of the Nalanda Translation Committee, which translates Buddhist texts and liturgies into English. In 1996, he was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to be an acharya (senior teacher) for the Shambhala community, and in 2001, he became the Ashe Acharya, in charge of the International Office of Practice and Education. After living at Karmê Chöling as the Resident Acharya, he now lives in Nova Scotia.
Reading List for this course:
Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life, Sakyong Mipham, Harmony, 2006
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chögyam Trungpa, Shambhala Publications, 2010
Journey without Goal: The Tantric Wisdom of the Buddha, Chögyam Trungpa, Shambhala Publications, 2010
About Our Courses
The Way of Shambhala courses are designed for those who don’t live near a Shambhala Center, or who need a particular course in order to continue on the path. Each course in the series features a senior Shambhala teacher. Over 6 to 8 weeks, course participants view recorded teachings, then contemplate and engage in exercises aimed at deepening their understanding.
When Does the Class Meet?
The course is asynchronous. You may view the recorded talks at your convenience. The recommended schedule is to view one talk each week and complete the associated readings and exercises in the module. There are 5 talks.
How Much Time Does it Take?
Most participants spend 1 to 2 hours per week on the course. The talks average 45 minutes in length. Allow yourself time to do the readings, meditation practices and other assignments. It’s a good idea to schedule the time on your calendar as you would for a face-to-face class.
Regular Amount. The regular course rate is $99.
Patron. The Patron rate of $149 supports our efforts to connect teachers and learners through online programs. In particular, it helps us offer the generosity policy to those in need.
Generosity Policy. We want to make the teachings available to all and will work with you to ensure your participation. Click on the Request a Discount link below to receive a discount code to use at checkout. For a further discount or scholarship, write to [email protected].
Centers and Groups, register here.
Meditation Instructors and Shambhala Guides, please see Shambhala Educator Resources to register for a Study/Review version of the course.