Shambhala Training 1

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

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6 Responses to Shambhala Training 1

  1. Jamie says:

    We are very pleased to announce that Elizabeth (Shanti) Olmstead will be the Assistant Director for this program! Both Craig and Shanti are great teachers; they were some of the first students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche!

    • Tony Winecoff says:

      I am old friend of Shanti. could you send me her email address?
      Thanks

  2. Craig Smith says:

    Hi folks, I am pleased to announce that Prof Soraj Hongaldarom, a philosopher lecturer at Chulalongorn who is exploring current as well as ancient dimensions of Buddhism, will be joining as a guest speaker in my Friday night openning talk of Shambhala Training. (Prof Soraj’s wife Krisana is fearlessly introducing vajrayana Buddhism to Thailand in the Tousands Stars Foundation.)

    Prof Soraj and I are partners in an effort to introduce Meaningful Broadband” to Thailand, which in my own view is an expression of “Shambhala warriorship” — in which the dark forces of the contemporary world are freed for the purposes of compassion and enlightenment. This is not an abstract agenda but a concrete effort to alter the course of the digital revolution inspired by Shambhala teachings. It has won support from the leaders of Thailand in all sectors of society.

    See these recent links from Bangkok Post

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/technews/12708/broadband-to-the-fore

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/technews/12709/new-group-will-help-delivery-broadband-benefits

    Craig.

  3. Cittasamvaro says:

    Sorry the message got delayed Dr Craig – if there are links included messages get put in the potential spam folder and await approval.
    Good news Dr Soraj will be there – along with Elizabeth should be a good introduction.

  4. Jamie says:

    Here’s an article that was published in the Bangkok Post yesterday about Professor Craig Warren Smith and his work related to these topics… http://www.bangkokpost.com/leisure/leisurescoop/14293/return-to-authenticity

    If you’re planning to attend the whole program, please register on the (Bangkok Shambhala) website at
    http://bangkok.shambhala.info/details_program.php?id=21728

    Hope to see you there!
    Jamie

  5. Tom says:

    i felt seriously disgusted on dec18, 2009 with how the ‘suggested donation’ deal works at shambhala – extremely pushy and i couldnt get over my idignation at the unashamed greed i sensed in how this business – yes, business! – is run. if you want buddhism, look elsewhere. this is not it.

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