Giving Meditation Instruction in Shambhala (Weekend One)[IN PERSON] and [ONLINE]

April 13th—April 14th

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    Room: Main Meditation Hall

    Schedule: April 13 & 14
    11am-12pm - Sitting meditation
    12pm-3pm - "Giving Meditation Instruction in Shambhala"
    3-4pm - Group discussion for in-person participants

    We'll gather in person at the Boston Shambhala Center to join the program being hosted by Shambhala Online. This program is open to any interested participants

    If you are not able to come in person, but would still like to join the Shambhala Online program, please see the links at the bottom of this page.  


    This first weekend of "Continuing Education for Meditation Instructors" will address how to give initial meditation instruction and will include time for questions, discussions, and insights by participants. Presenters will also address topics related to meditation in our current culture:

    • Meditation instruction online
    • How meditation apps can fit in 
    • Reclaiming attention from social media
    • Working with anxiety and depression 


    Sunday will focus on Shamatha-Vipashyana, including: 

    • The difference between mindfulness and awareness
    • How awareness develops over time
    • The fruition of meditation practice


    Weekend One is the first of three training sessions for those interested in sharing the practice of meditation with others. These programs are designed to cultivate the understanding and skills to assist others along their meditation path. This series can be taken as continuing education for already authorized Meditation Instructors, and can serve as initial training for people who are practicing meditation and are interested in developing as Meditation Instructors. 

    Weekends One and Two are open to all. Weekend Three is for authorized Meditation Instructors and those being mentored into the role only. 


    About the Teachers:

    Dale Asrael has been a practitioner of meditation, Buddhism, and the Shambhala teachings for over 45 years. She became a student of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in 1973 and, after his death, continued to study with other teachers of Tibetan Buddhism. She also trained with the Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck during the last twelve years of her life.

    Dale teaches dharma programs and leads meditation retreats internationally, and served as an Acharya (senior teacher) for twenty years. She is an authorized teacher of traditional Daoist qigong in the Xiantianwujimen lineage of Eva Wong.   

    Dale is a Professor at Naropa University, where she founded and is the lead teacher for Naropa University Mindfulness Instructor Training, which just completed its twentieth annual cycle of training programs.

    Her writing is published as chapters in three anthologies: “Love of Wisdom Puts You on the Spot” in Meditation in the Classroom, “No Hidden Corners” in Shadows and Light and “Compassionate Abiding” in Brilliant Sanity.

    Gaylon Ferguson, Ph.D., has led group meditation retreats since 1976. He taught at Stanford, the University of Washington, and Naropa University, where he was a Core Faculty Member for fifteen years. The author of two books, Natural Wakefulness (on the four foundations of mindfulness) and Natural Bravery (on fear and fearlessness as path to manifesting bravery), his articles have appeared in Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, and Buddhadharma magazine. He contributed the foreword to the pioneering collection Black and Buddhist: What Buddhism Can Teach Us About Race, Resilience, Transformation and Freedom (Shambhala, 2020).


    If you want to join online, by yourself, please use the following links and choose "Boston" as the Revenue Share Center, and "2024CONTINUING50" as the Revenue Share Code.

    Weekend 1 with Dale Asrael and Gaylon Ferguson, April 13-14, 2024
    Weekend 2 with Erika Berland, May 4-5, 2024
    Weekend 3 Janet Solyntjes and Elaine Yuen, June 22-23, 2024

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    If you want to join the in person, group session, please click the yellow "Register Now" at the bottom of the page.

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