Shambhala Training Level 2 - Birth of the warrior

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11 February 2017 - 12 February 2017
Herb Elsky

Shambhala Training


Developed by Chogyam Trungpa in 1976, Shambhala Training offers teachings based the vision that every human being has a natural source of innate wakefulness that we can discover, cultivate and express in our life.

This path is open to anyone seeking to develop gentleness and strength through meditation. Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness that is used can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life.

Meditation practice helps us to examine our states of mind without trying to change them. This practice encourages openness to oneself and what’s around us. It transforms the way we habitually see our life and our world. Our old habits and patterns become more transparent, leaving room for a more direct appreciation of situations.

The “Heart of Warriorship" curriculum consists of five weekend programs that include meditation training and practice, talks by senior instructors, personal interviews and group discussions.

Levels I-V provide a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation practice, emphasizing the development of genuineness, confidence, humour, and dignity within the complexity of daily life.

Level II: Birth of the warrior

Having experienced a taste of basic goodness in Level 1, we want to go forward. Meditation practice allows us to observe how we create a cocoon of habit.

In the program: walking and sitting meditation, talks, silent periods, group discussions. The program is taught in French, translation to English is available upon request 2 months in advance.

Prerequisite: Shambhala Level I

About the Teacher

Herbert Elsky is a senior student of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and Mipham Rinpoche.
 He met Trungpa Rinpoche in Los Angeles in 1971 and he was one of the founding members of the Los Angeles "Dharmadhatu", the original name for Shambhala Centres. He was the Director of Shambhala Training in Los Angeles and later the Head of Practice at Karme Choling. He worked closely with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, when Rinpoche was developing and presenting the teachings about “Dharma Art”. 

In 1995 he moved to France with his wife Catherine, to establish Dechen Choling as a major practice centre. He was the Head of Practice at Dechen Choling from 1995-1997. Herb teaches all levels of Shambhala Training and Shambhala Art throughout Europe.
He is an artist, a sculptor, who exhibited his sculptures of transparent resin regularly in art galleries whilst living in Los Angeles. Since moving to France he has created the “La Baluba" theatre as his work has evolved towards sound and performance work.

Practical information

This program starts on Saturday 11th February at 9:00 and ends Sunday 12th February at 17:00 after the festive tea break.

• The standard price of 155€ is all-inclusive: program + accommodation Saturday evening + meals.
• If you have a long trip, it is possible to arrive Friday evening. We propose the price of 25,50€ for the extra night (standard accomodation) and dinner.
• If you choose not to sleep and dine here the Saturday evening, the price of the program is 124€ (program+ meals Saturday and Sunday noon).

For students and unemployed

Shambhala Training offers a solid foundation to make meditation a part of everyday  life and we’d like to make it accessible to all.
We propose the reduced all-inclusive price of 50€ for students and the unemployed (program + accommodation Saturday evening + meals.
Without accommodation, we propose the price of 26,50€ (program + meals).