Shambhala Training Level 2: Birth of the Warrior

with Alexandra Vlasic, Kate Raddock, Suzanne Trahey

January 25th—January 27th (2019)

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  • $108 Sustaining Price
  • $130 Patron Price
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“The point of Shambhala Training is to get out of the cocoon, which is the shyness and aggression in which we have wrapped ourselves… A Shambhala warrior is someone who is brave enough not to give in to the aggression and contradictions that exist in society…who is able to step out of the cocoon--that very comfortable cocoon that he or she is trying to sleep in.” - Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Examine your fears and habitual patterns by training the mind to meet challenging moments with courage and confidence. Birth of a Warrior: Shambhala Training Level II builds on the foundation of the meditation practice that was introduced in Shambhala Level I and explores how habitual ways of thinking, termed cocoon in Shambhala Training, obscure the raw brilliance of ourselves and the world we live in.

By opening to our own genuineness and tenderness, we learn how to work with fear to cultivate the willingness to see our deep-seated habits and defenses. This weekend program intensifies the discipline of meditation practice, which enables us to begin seeing through obscurations of habitual patterns that we have created over time.

With the guidance of a senior Shambhala teacher and a group of experienced meditation instructors, you will learn a meditation practice that builds upon the mindfulness-awareness technique of Shambhala Training Level I. This program provides students with real techniques for working with fear and habitual patterns of thought and behavior.

Shambhala Training Level II includes:
• Guided meditation instruction
• Mindfulness meditation talks by a senior teacher
• Group discussions
• Optional one-on-one meditation instruction
• Mindfulness movement exercises

 
Teachers
Alex Vlasic has been practicing meditation and studying dharma within the Shambhala Buddhist lineage for 7 years. She is a facilitator, writer, emerging Shambhala teacher, and assistant teacher to the UnTraining White Liberal Racism program. She lives in Plainfield, VT.  
 
Kate Raddock has been a formal student of the Shambhala teachings and lineage since 2011. Kate has a strong desire to live with deep meaning and loves sharing this with others in community. Kate currently works for Shambhala, is a body worker and lives in nature-filled Plainfield, VT.  
 
Suzanne Trahey is the director of the Vermont Leadership Institute and Early Childhood Leadership Institute at the Snelling Center for Government. She has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the lineage holder of Shambhala Buddhism for over 10 years. She lives in Montpelier.