The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level One for Youth (Ages 12-18)

with Acharya Alan Schwartz

October 28th—October 29th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    Through the practice of meditation, we begin to realize that we are worthy just as we are.
    Opening to ourselves with curiosity, gentleness, and appreciation, we are able to relax and be genuine. We thus learn how to live meaningful lives and feel connected to ourselves and others. Meditation also helps us with school, friendships, sports, and relationships.

    Based on ancient teachings that were brought to the West by Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Training offers a way of living in the world with confidence, genuineness and creative expression based on the inherent wisdom that exists in every person.

    This weekend-long program includes meditation instruction with periods of sitting and walking practice, talks, group discussion and personal meeting times.

    The instruction and practices will be offered in a relevant way specifically geared toward youth ages 12 to 18, and participation is restricted to humans within this age group.

    Alan_Schwartz 200x200Acharya Alan Schwartz
    Alan Schwartz became a student of Shambhala in 1970, when the Druk Sakyong first arrived and began to teach in North America. For four years he resided at Karmé Chöling and Maitri, both newly-founded meditation communities, until taking up residence in Boulder, where he founded numerous businesses.

    In the 1980′s, Alan served for five years as the principal executive officer of 3-month seminary programs. It was during this period that he received his “basic training”, working closely with the Druk Sakyong on these seminal teaching events. During that time he was also appointed to serve as teacher-in-residence to Shambhala’s San Francisco community, which he did for nine years. In 2010 he was appointed a Shastri. In 1989 Alan married Kerry Golemon Schwartz. They have raised two children, and continue to teach actively in the Bay Area under the guidance of the Sakyong.

    Alan is particularly inspired by the Sakyong’s leadership and vision for social transformation and applying profound Shambhala Buddhist teachings in areas of worldly impact, such as working with the energy of business and wealth, and transforming materialism to activity which benefits society.

    Prerequisites
    No prior experience is necessary.

    Contact
    If you have questions about the program, feel free to contact lesliegossett (at) gmail (dot) com.

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