The Shambhala group is arranging the first ever official training series in Thailand. The training usually involves a number of meetings (levels, modules) and this first one will be led by Dr Craig Warren Smith. A number of us met him at Culalongkorn University where he was invited by Dr Soraj and presented a lucid and provocative talk on the impact of Buddhist philosopy on Western Society. We are waiting for the follow up to this talk, which will be at Cula university also.
[ Information below can be accessed through Shambhala Bangkok homepage ]
Shambhala Training Level I
The Art of Being Human
Discovering Basic Goodness in the World and Ourselves
With Craig Warren Smith
Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.
Friday April 3rd, 7 PM; Free Introductory Talk. Open to All.
Saturday, April 4th, 8:45 AM – 6 PM, and Sunday, April 5th, 8:30 AM – 1 PM
Suggested donation: 2000 Baht (or according to your ability)
– Click here to register on the website and reserve a spot
Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops, suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is the basis of a secular path of meditation, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life.The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is the basis of a secular path of meditation, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life. Shambhala Training is the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship-the tradition of human bravery and leadership. This path shows how to take the challenges of daily life in our modern society as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.
The Shambhala Training is inspired by the ancient legend of the Kingdom of Shambhala, said to be a society which drew its gentle and fearless sense of social responsibility from the practice of meditation. The legend of the Kingdom of Shambhala has been a guiding vision for many centuries in Asian culture and has parallels in Western traditions. All aspects of our daily life and society-family, commerce, education, the arts-can be permeated with a sense of sacredness.
Shambhala Training is organized into five weekend workshops 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, humor, and dignity within the complexity of daily life. The workshops are recommended for new and experienced meditators, as well as for those looking to enrich their existing spiritual path.
Craig Warren Smith, PhD, is a former professor of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Recently relocated to Bangkok, he is currently a visiting professor of Chulalongkorn University’s Center for Ethics of Science and Technology. He also is an advisor to some of Asia’s most prominent business leaders and corporations, and, is a columnist for the Bangkok Post. He is a long-time Senior Teacher of Shambhala International and has taught meditation for more than two decades.
Bangkok Shambhala Meditation Group
7th Floor – Monterey Place Condo Bldg., 398 Soi Phai Sing To, Rama 4 Rd., Khlong Toei, Bangkok (near the MRT Queen Sirikit Station)
Phone: Jamie (66)86-788-7408