Way of Shambhala & Other Courses

Shambhala Online multi-week courses feature senior teachers and interactive learning experiences. These Shambhala training 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 discussions.
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How do courses work?
When do classes meet?
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WOSThe Way of Shambhala is a complete series on authentic meditation practices and teachings open to all interested students. The curriculum is comprised of sequential courses that provide an experiential overview of meditation practices, wisdom teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Vajrayana Buddhism. Each course in the Everyday Life series consists of five pre-recorded classes. Courses in the Basic Goodness series each have six pre-recorded classes. Click here to see course descriptions and preview video clips.

Upcoming Courses

The start date is shown for each course below. Most courses are open for six to eight weeks. You’ll complete the course in your own time. If there are any live meetings or events associated with the course, this will be noted in the course description. Questions? Contact [email protected] 

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Social Entrepreneurs: Get Paid to Change the World - February 2018

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018
Teacher: Shastri Gayle Van Gils

This course will give participants the opportunity to explore their vision for making the world a better place, identify steps for getting there, and create a plan to make it happen. NOTE: Course begins February 15. Registration open till February 22.


Contentment in Everyday Life - March 2018

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Teacher: Acharya Eve Rosenthal

Contentment can be hard to find. With meditation and contemplation practice, we can relax with ourselves as we are and appreciate simple human experience.


Basic Goodness 1: Who Am I? The Basic Goodness of Being Human - March 2018

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Teacher:Acharya Adam Lobel

A journey of contemplative inquiry focused on the timeless question, "Who am I?"


Mindful Eating: Joining Heaven and Earth at the Meal Table - March 2018

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Teacher: Marcella Friel

If you think of mindful eating as chewing on a single raisin for hours on end, think again. Food can be an expression of human dignity and enlightened society.


Cultivating Dignity--The Bedrock of All Diversity - March 2018

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Teacher: Michaela McCormick

This course, which includes 5 live meetings, aims to create a brave and caring space in which to explore the often emotionally charged topics that arise when we look closer at socially constructed hierarchies.


An Introduction to Shambhala Meditation - March 2018

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Teacher: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

A four-week course introducing Shambhala Meditation.


Unconditional Healing: Finding Well-Being Through Adversity - April 2018

Date: Sunday, April 1, 2018
Teacher: Jeff Rubin

This course includes video presentations, weekly readings and practice, an interactive discussion forum, and live sessions.


The Lost Art of Good Conversation

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Teacher: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

The Lost Art of Good Conversation - Book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, a mindful way to connect with others and enrich everyday life.


Wisdom in Everyday Life - April 2018

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Teacher:Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

Meditation sharpens our intelligence and uncovers our wisdom. When we touch the world directly, we discover ordinary magic.


The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - April 2018

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Teacher: Acharya Susan Chapman

Learn how to use deep listening and mindful speech to strengthen relationships, heal conflicts, and accomplish your goals.


Joy in Everyday Life - May 2018

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Teacher: Acharya Holly Gayley

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, which leads to a sense of joy.


Basic Goodness 2: How Can I Help? The Basic Goodness of Society - May 2018

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Teacher: Acharya Arawana Hayashi

This six-session recorded course explores our relationships with others, an aspiration to help our world, and specific aspects of social transformation.


Meditation in Everyday Life - August 2018

Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Teacher: Shastri Janet Solyntjes

This course provides introductory tools and teachings for working with meditation in everyday life.



Frequently Asked Questions About Courses

How do courses work?

Shambhala Online courses feature recorded talks by senior Shambhala teachers, an online community of participants, and facilitation by experienced course leaders. Over 6 to 8 weeks, course participants view recorded teachings at their convenience, then gather in the online learning environment to discuss, contemplate and engage in exercises aimed at deepening their understanding. New sessions begin every 2 or 3 months.


When do the classes meet?

Our courses are designed to fit with your schedule. The main talks are pre-recorded, so you can view them when convenient. Courses consist of modules that include a main talk, reading assignments, discussion prompts and possibly other assignments.  In general, we recommend completing a module each week. This allows you to go through the course with a virtual community, engage in discussions, and learn from each other. Some courses also include a live meeting or two; the timing for live meetings is usually arranged in the first week of the course.


How much time does it take?

Each course is unique, but a good rule of thumb is to allow at least 2 or 3 hours per week to view the talks and engage with the material. Each talk is usually an hour or less. Keep in mind that the more you invest in the course, the more you’ll learn and grow. It’s a good idea to block time for the course on your calendar, just as you would for an in-person course.

Other questions?

Contact us by emailing [email protected]