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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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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Mindful Eating: Joining Heaven and Earth at the Meal Table - October 2017

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
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.


Write Now: Contemplative Writing - October 2017

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Teacher: Miriam Hall

This course introduces the practice of Contemplative Writing, combining Writing Practice (from Natalie Goldberg) with Shambhala teachings.


Unconditional Healing: Finding Well-Being Through Adversity - October 2017

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Teacher: Jeff Rubin

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


Cultivating Dignity -- The Bedrock of All Diversity - October 2017

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Teacher: Shastri Charlene Leung

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.


Contentment in Everyday Life - October 2017

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
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 - October 2017

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Teacher:Acharya Adam Lobel

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


Path of Relationships, the Heart of Community - October 2017

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Teacher:Shastri Nick Kranz

How does the path of meditation apply to relationships? Explore the possibilities for personal growth that lie at the heart of our closest relationships in this 6-week course with Shastri Nick Kranz.


The Five Keys to Mindful Communication - October 2017

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Teacher: Acharya Susan Chapman

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


Walking the Bodhisattva Path / Caminar por la senda del bodhisattva

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Teacher:Acharya Mathias Pongracz

An introduction to the Mahayana path and a preparation course for taking the Bodhisattva Vow. Introducción a la senda mahayana y curso de preparación para hacer el voto de bodhisattva.


The Three Jewels and the Refuge Vow

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Teacher:Acharya Mathias Pongracz

This program is an overview as well as preparation for the Refuge Vow.


Wisdom in Everyday Life - November 2017

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Teacher:Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

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


Joy in Everyday Life - December 2017

Date: Friday, December 15, 2017
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 - December 2017

Date: Friday, December 15, 2017
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.


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

Date: Monday, January 1, 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.


Meditation in Everyday Life - January 2018

Date: Monday, January 15, 2018
Teacher: Shastri Janet Solyntjes

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


Fearlessness in Everyday Life - February 2018

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Teacher:Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

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.


Basic Goodness 3: What is Real? The Basic Goodness of Reality - February 2018

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Teacher:Ashe Acharya John Rockwell

Emphasizing core Buddhist teachings and the natural world, this course helps reveal the magic and wonder of the world.



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]