Shambhala Guide Training

with Shastri Marcia Henry-Fink, Shastri Marilyn Moore, Shastri Joel Wachbrit

February 6th—February 9th

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  • $350 Program Price
  • $450 Patron Price
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room- 963 Colorado Blvd, 90041

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles and Shambhala International are pleased to offer a training program for students who have a strong personal meditation practice and feel inspired and ready to help others on their meditative journeys. By completing this training, you prepare yourself to begin a practice of listening to, encouraging and supporting new practitioners on their paths.

Role of Shambhala Guide

The role of the Shambhala Guide is to be a resource, guide, friend, and host to newcomers within the context of Shambhala Center educational programs and events. One important aspect of this is to offer one-on-one meditation instruction to newcomers. However, the emphasis is on meeting newcomers as they enter Shambhala, and offering them guidance and instruction according to their particular aspiration and needs.

Shambhala Guides are authorized to give initial meditation instruction and engage in one follow-up meeting with a student to review the practice. They also are authorized to give group instruction when needed. In fact, one of the outcomes of having people in this role at a center would be to be able to provide individual initial instruction to newcomers. During the second meeting, the Shambhala Guide typically offers to refer the student to a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI) if the person wants further guidance related to meditation. The Shambhala Guide also offers to be available as an ongoing practice friend and resource for the new student.


  • Completion of Shambhala Training Levels I-V
  • Completion of the In Everyday Life courses
  • Completion of Unconditional Confidence: Rigden weekend
  • Having taken the Shambhala Vow
  • Completion of a weekthün
  • Strong daily meditation practice
  • Active membership in a Shambhala Center (exceptions may be made for individuals who do not live near a center)


Skills Covered in the Training

  • Giving initial meditation instruction
  • Communicating skillfully on: our lineages, culture, iconography, shrines, chants, ceremonies, and an overview of all of our training paths
  • Engaging, listening, speaking from the heart
  • Understanding the precise, open and beyond meditation practices as taught in Shambhala Training
  • Leading discussion groups

The Shambhala Guide training can be a step towards becoming a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI). However, students authorized as Shambhala Guides certainly may serve and deepen in this role without going on to attend SPMI training. There are further prerequisites to complete for those who are interested in becoming authorized as SPMIs.

The Training Program

The training will take place over four days - February 6 - 9, 2020. Participation in the training does not guarantee authorization as a Shambhala Guide. Students who are authorized will take the Shambhala Guide Oath and will be expected to engage as a Shambhala Guide at their local center.

Prior to the in-person training, participants will be expected to engage in specified study and practice and to complete two online courses that offer important content in support of the training. There is a separate modest fee for these courses (for which discounts also are available).

Application Process

Applicants must submit an application and arrange for two recommendations to be submitted. One recommendation must be from an experienced Shambhala Educator (Way of Shambhala teacher or SPMI) who agrees to mentor the applicant for at least one year following completion of the training. All three documents (application and both recommendations) must be submitted by Monday, October 7, 2019. The application deadline is firm, since those accepted will need time to do a good deal of preparatory study and practice prior to the in-person training. The sooner one applies and is accepted, the more time one will have to engage in this preparatory study and practice. Early application also is encouraged since the training is limited to 25 participants.

To request the Application and Recommendation materials, email [email protected]. Please write "Shambhala Guide Training 2020" in your subject line. Thank you.

Please do not register for Shambhala Guide Training until you receive an Acceptance Letter.


Please direct any questions you may have to the instructors at [email protected].

The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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