Shambhala Training

Established in the early 1970s by Chögyam Trungpa, Shambhala Training is a meditation training programme suited to both beginning and experienced meditators. This secular path is based on the simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life.

A Secular Meditation Path

Because it is not religious in nature, Shambhala Training is ideal for people who want to meditate, but who aren’t interested in religion. It is also popular with practitioners committed to other spiritual disciplines, such as Christianity, Judaism or Islam, who find that it deepens their existing practice.

Shambhala Training originated in the United States. Today, it is offered at more than 100 centres throughout North America and Europe, as well as in South America and New Zealand. Shambhala South Africa is the first group to establish this programme anywhere in Africa.

The Heart of Warriorship

Shambhala Training comprises five non-residential weekend workshops known collectively as The Heart of Warriorship. Warriorship, in this context, has nothing to do with war. It refers to the bravery involved in cultivating our innate genuineness, confidence, humor and dignity.

Each progressive training weekend includes instruction and practice in mindfulness-awareness meditation, talks by senior instructors, personal interviews and group discussions. The teachings emphasise the development of spiritual warriorship within the complexities of daily life.

Heart of Warriorship weekend levels have been offered in Cape Town since 2005, and in KwaZulu/Natal since 2008. Graduates of any given level are qualified to attend the next level anywhere in the world.

For information on upcoming Shambhala Training levels in South Africa, please contact st@shambhala.co.za

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