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Shambhala Online Course Library

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Foundational Shambhala Path

Explore the core teachings of the Shambhala path: learn to meditate, deepen your understanding of the spiritual journey, and discover your inherent goodness. These courses can be taken individually or in series.

Basic Goodness Series

Experience the view of Shambhala directly, by discovering the goodness of yourself, of society, and of reality.

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human

Adam Lobel leads participants on a journey of contemplative inquiry focused on the timeless question, “Who am I?” Meditation practice is used as a way to contact and express the mind of basic goodness.

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society

Arawana Hayashi explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation. We look at a Shambhala understanding of society, and what enlightened society may be.

What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality

John Rockwell leads us to take sense perceptions and the elements as our teachers. We awaken to our capacity to directly experience the essence of reality—the essence of basic goodness.

In Everyday Life Series

Gain a clear understanding of the path of meditation and the Shambhala teachings.

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Meditation in Everyday Life

Janet Solyntjes presents peaceful abiding meditation, basic goodness, and ways that meditation practice can improve the quality of our daily life. By deepening our experience and understanding of ourselves through the practice of meditation, we more fully become who we already are.

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Contentment in Everyday Life

Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements, or relationships. Eve Rosenthal shows how, with meditation and contemplation practice, we can relax with ourselves as we are and appreciate simple human experience.

Joy in Everyday Life

Joy in Everyday Life

Holly Gayley teaches on awakening the heart and cultivating a compassionate view. As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Joining gentleness with discipline leads to a sense of joy.

Holly Gayley

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Prerequisites: Contentment in Everyday Life

Fearlessness in Everyday Life

Gaylon Ferguson leads this class on working with fear and cultivating a fearless approach to life. Learning to work with our anxiety, we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of mind and nature of reality, we learn to see clearly.

Gaylon Ferguson

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Prerequisites: Joy in Everyday Life and Contentment in Everyday Life
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Wisdom in Everyday Life

John Rockwell teaches how 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.

John Rockwell

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Prerequisites: Fearlessness in Everyday Life

Foundational Buddhism

Discover the foundations of the Buddhist teachings: the Hinayana path of personal liberation, and the Mahayana path of wisdom and compassion.

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Meditation: The Way of the Buddha

Discover the power of meditation, find more meaning in your life, and be kinder to yourself and others. Learn or refresh your connection to the practice of meditation as taught by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Pema Chödrön

Diana Mukpo

Dale Asrael

Sarah Coleman

June Crow

Ashley Dinges

Lodrö Dorje

Gaylon Ferguson

Arawana Hayashi

Marty Janowitz

Derek Kolleeny

Chuck Lief

Larry Mermelstein

Tillie Perks

Lila Rich

Alan Schwartz

Judith Simmer-Brown

Regina Smith

Anne Waldman

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Foundations for Freedom: The Hinayana, Courses I-V

This year-long course provides an in-depth exploration of the foundational Buddhist teachings of the Hinayana. The emphasis is on cultivating friendliness to oneself, gentleness, and bravery—allowing us to meet life with warriorship and dignity.

Dale Asrael

Marianne Bots

Susan Chapman

Suzann Duquette

Daniel Hessey

Fleet Maull

Loden Nyima

John Rockwell

Judith Simmer-Brown

Eric Spiegel

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Deepening Compassion: The Path of the Bodhisattva Warrior

Deepening Compassion: The Path of the Bodhisattva Warrior, Courses I-IV

The path of the Bodhisattva Warrior begins with developing affection for ourselves and expands this to others, dissolving the barriers that divide us. Senior teachers lead a year-long series of talks and practices from the Mahayana Buddhist teachings.

Pema Chödrön

Dale Asrael

Emily Bower

Susan Chapman

Suzann Duquette

Gaylon Ferguson

Holly Gayley

Moh Hardin

Dan Hessey

Marty Janowitz

Fleet Maull

Melissa Moore

John Rockwell

Eve Rosenthal

David Schneider

Judith Simmer-Brown

Susan Skjei

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the development of peace

The Development of Peace: An Introduction to the Basic Teachings of the Buddha

Exploring the foundational teachings of the Buddha, Arawana Hayashi invites us into the basics of being a dharmic person: a connection with egolessness, impermanence, gentleness, and peace.

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Melting the Ice and Getting Unstuck: Talks On The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

Five talks based on this text, which provides clear insight and points to the skillful means to work with difficult circumstances while being of benefit to others.

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The Student-Teacher Relationship Through the Three Yanas

In this three-class series, Moh Hardin examines the student/teacher relationship as it manifests in each of the three vehicles of Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana.

Moh Hardin

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Prerequisites: Daily meditation practice

Wellness, Life, and the Arts

Delve into the meeting points of spirituality with everyday life, well-being, and the contemplative arts.

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Shambhala Garden Share 2022

Share your gardening skills, inspirations and plant-based dharma in this community online garden! Shambhala Garden Share will come alive with your creative offerings, in this playground for mindful gardeners in all growing zones and hemispheres.

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Mindful Eating: Joining Heaven and Earth at the Meal Table

Marcella Friel brings together cross-cultural spiritual teachings, practical tools, and group support to help you experientially transform relating with food into an expression of personal dignity and enlightened society.

Marcella Friel

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Shambhala Art

Shambhala Art Part I: Coming to Your Senses

Dive into the Shambhala Art teachings, celebrating art that springs from the meditative mind. Shambhala Art reminds us to appreciate the uniqueness of everyday sensory experience, to see the simplicity and brilliance of “things as they are” as the ground for genuine creativity.

Steve Saitzyk

Anne Saitzyk

Stuart Rice

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Shambhala Art Part II: Seeing Things As They Are

Learn to view things as they are, as opposed to how we think they are. Empower your creative and viewing processes by seeing the difference between signs and symbols, thought sense and felt sense, and how they work together.

Steve Saitzyk

Anne Saitzyk

Stuart Rice

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Prerequisites: Shambhala Art Part I
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Chögyam’s Odyssey: Exploring the Open Secrets of Trungpa Rinpoche’s Poetry

In this session of reading and sharing, two experts in Trungpa Rinpoche’s poetry provide context and commentary to illuminate his unique creative process and unlock hidden meanings.

Tillie Perks

David Rome

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Advanced Study

Explore advanced elements of Shambhala's dharma heritage. Please note that many of these courses have firm prerequisites.

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White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

In this five-week course, Judith Simmer-Brown introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, a lineage practice relied upon especially in times of illness or disharmony. A bodhisattva of compassion, peaceful White Tara soothes fear, heals individual and communal suffering, and extends life.

Judith Simmer-Brown

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Prerequisites: One year of mindfulness practice
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Vajrakilaya Practice: Overcoming Obstacles with Wrathful Compassion

At the end of the year and in times of difficulty, Vajrakilaya practice connects us with wrathful compassion in order to overcome obstacles and döns. Join us for recorded talks by Eve Rosenthal and guided Vajrakilaya practice.

Eve Rosenthal

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Prerequisites: Shambhala Vajrayana practitioner
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sadhana of mahamudra a practice for this dark age

Sadhana of Mahamudra: A Practice For This Dark Age

Over six modules of study and practice, Suzann Duquette leads a deep exploration of the Sadhana of Mahamudra, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s liturgy that offers a powerful way to engage with the highest teachings.

Suzann Duquette

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Six Talks on the Protector Principle and Protectors

In this six-part exploration of protector principle and the protector chants, Walker Blaine clarifies the purpose of the different protector chants, the meaning of protector principle, and how it is applicable to everyday life.

Walker Blaine

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Chöd Practice: Severing Attachments to Obstacles

Kristine McCutcheon introduces Machik Lapdron’s famed practice of “cutting”: cutting through our obscurations, cutting ego-grasping and fixation, and then offering our entire being to pacify the suffering of all beings. Includes practice instructions and lung.

Kristine McCutcheon

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Prerequisites: Vajrayogini, Werma Sadhana, or Chöd practice transmission
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The Rain of Blessings: An Exploration of Guru Yoga

Join six senior teachers to explore the central principles of the Vajrayana tradition, through the core practice of Padmasambhava Guru Yoga: The Rain of Blessings, A Guru Yoga Combined with the Seven Line Supplication.

Walker Blaine

Marianne Bots

Christie Cashman

Daniel Hessey

Mathias Pongracz

Eric Spiegel

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Prerequisites: Padmasambhava Guru Yoga lung
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shambhala lineage tree

Meeting Shambhala: An Introduction to the Shambhala Lineage

Walker Blaine leads a progressive exploration of the core elements of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, the union of warriorship and Buddhism.

Walker Blaine

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Shambhala Lineage Supplication: A Short Course

This three-part course is for individuals and groups wishing to look more deeply at the Supplication to the Shambhala Lineage, one of the most important chants in the Shambhala tradition.

Walker Blaine

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Three Talks on Vajrayana Practice

In this course, Walker Blaine addresses three often misunderstood aspects of vajrayana practice: Samaya, Transmission, and Gender Principle.

Walker Blaine

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vajrayana feast practice

Celebrating Goodness and Wisdom: Feast Practice in Shambhala Vajrayana

Celebrating Goodness and Wisdom is an in-depth exploration of the core elements of feast practice. Examines food and dining from the perspective of the three yanas and Shambhala culture, and feast structure, roles, etiquette, themes, samayas, and tantric symbolism.

Walker Blaine

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Prerequisites: Vajrayana transmission at Sacred World Assembly, Vajrayana Seminary or Shambhala/Vajradhatu Seminary
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HH Dilgo Khyente Rinpoche

Primordial Purity

His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche offered Dzogchen teachings in 1987 to Western students in Halifax, Nova Scotia. These recordings formed the basis of his book Primordial Purity: Oral Instructions on the Three Words That Strike the Vital Point.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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Prerequisites: Vajrayana Transmission (Kagyu, Nyingma, and Shambhala Vajrayana students welcome)
Kurukulla

Kurukulla Sadhana: Increasing Generosity

Shambhala Kurukulla practitioners are warmly invited to join Walker Blaine for a five-class, in-depth exploration of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Kurukulla Sadhana.

Walker Blaine

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Prerequisites: Participants must have received the Kurukulla abhisheka from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
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Earth, Water, Fire and All the Elements: Reading the Sadhana of Mahamudra as if for the First Time

John Rockwell teaches how 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.

John Rockwell

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Masters of Meditation

Connect with legendary teachers from our Buddhist heritage.

HH Dilgo Khyente Rinpoche

Primordial Purity

His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche offered Dzogchen teachings in 1987 to Western students in Halifax, Nova Scotia. These recordings formed the basis of his book Primordial Purity: Oral Instructions on the Three Words That Strike the Vital Point.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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Prerequisites: Vajrayana Transmission (Kagyu, Nyingma, and Shambhala Vajrayana students welcome)