The Way of Shambhala is a complete training in authentic meditation practices and teachings, open to all interested students. The curriculum was designed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, based on the Shambhala teachings of his father, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Shambhala Path emphasizes the development of genuineness, confidence, good humor, and personal human dignity.
The online curriculum is comprised of 5 courses in the In Everyday Life series, and 3 courses in the Basic Goodness series. Together they provide an experiential overview of meditation practices, wisdom teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Vajrayana Buddhism.
Shambhala Online multi-week courses feature senior teachers and interactive learning experiences. These Way of Shambhala classes are designed for those without access to teachers or who need a class before it’s offered at the local center. Each course offers weekly video talks that can be viewed at your convenience, plus meditation assignments, reflection prompts, readings and online discussion forums.
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Shastri 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.
Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. In this course Acharya Eve Rosenthal shows how, with meditation and contemplation practice, we can relax with ourselves as we are and appreciate simple human experience.
Acharya 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. The mahayana teachings on compassion can become the inspiration for a life of bravery and freedom from doubt.
Acharya 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.
Ashe Acharya John Rockwell teaches this five-session 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.
The Basic Goodness Series
In this 3-minute clip, Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel provides an overview of the Basic Goodness series.
Acharya Adam Lobel leads participants on a journey of contemplative inquiry focused on the timeless question, “Who am I?” Course participants will:
- Learn Buddhist teachings on how our sense of self arises moment by moment to provide a reference point.
- Use meditation practice as a way to contact and express the mind of basic goodness.
- Join a community for discussion, contemplation and dialogue exercises.