with Acharya Emily Bower

May 18th—May 20th (2012)

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  • $200.00 Program Price
  • $175.00
Room: EAGLE ROCK SHAMBHALA- Main Shrine Room- 963 Colorado Blvd, 90041

Advance Registration fee applicable only before May 1
$15 non-refundable application fee.

Deadline to submit application and recommendation forms is March 19, 2012.

Please join us for this intensive training for students who are qualified and ready to take on the key role of meditation instructor in Shambhala society. In this program, potential meditation instructors are taught how to work with newer students in their pursuit of on-going training in meditation and following the path of practice and study offered in Shambhala Centers and groups.

This is a role that requires spiritual maturity on the part of the instructor. Meditation instructors are asked to dedicate themselves to upholding and embodying the wisdom, gentleness, trustworthiness, and decorum of the Shambhala tradition. In the Sakyong's address on Shambhala Day this year, he used the word "beacon" to describe how we Shambhalians can manifest in the world. We could view becoming a meditation instructor as an important step on the path of being a strong beacon of goodness.

MI Training Requirements:

1. Part I Shambhala Guide Training

2. Part II: The six-class preparation course

3. Vajrayana Seminary

4. Highly recommended: Warrior Assembly

5. Two letters of recommendation: One should be from your meditation instructor and the other from either the Practice & Study Coordinator, the Shambhala Training Resident Director or a senior teacher at your center.

Please do not register until you have submitted an application and received notification of your acceptance to this program

For information, application and recommendation forms, contact Marilyn Moore

The Director: Acharya Emily Bower started practicing in the Shambhala community in 1987. She began studying with the Sakyong when she met him in 1991. She served as his editor for various projects, including his first book, Turning the Mind into an Ally. She has studied kyudo with Kanjuro Shibata Sensei and is a lifelong member of the Dorje Kasung. In 1991, she joined the staff of Karme Chöling, where she lived for three years. She worked for more than a decade as an acquiring editor for Shambhala Publications in Boston, and now, in addition to traveling and teaching in the Shambhala mandala, she continues to work as a book editor. She has recently moved to Los Angeles.

Assistant Directors:

Cynthia MacKay has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for over twenty years. She has traveled extensively through Asia receiving teachings from many other renowned Buddhist teachers, including the 17th Karmapa. Cynthia is now following in her teacher’s footsteps by running marathons. She is looking forward to working with runners when Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s new book comes out in the spring, Running With the Mind of Meditation.

Joel Wachbrit has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism for twenty-two years.  He recently retired as co-director of SMCLA, the last of many positions held since starting out stuffing envelopes in 1989. Joel composes music for TV and film and is an accomplished guitarist. He is married and has three boys—one canine and two feline.

Marilyn Moore is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and the Head of Practice at Shambhala Meditation Center Los Angeles. She has also served as director of the center. Since encountering Shambhala Buddhism fourteen years ago, Marilyn has spent every vacation on retreat at one or another of Shambhala’s many beautiful land centers. Recently retired from working in an art gallery, she no longer needs to limit retreats to summer vacations.

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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