Shambhala Guide Training
Acharya Allyn Lyon and Shastri Jeffrey Stevens
October 24–27, 2014
THIS PROGRAM IS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING RESCHEDULED. Please check back soon, dates TBD.
Please join us at Shambhala Mountain Center for Shambhala Guide Training. Shambhala Guides are trained to give initial meditation instruction, as well as be a resource, friend, and host to newcomers within the context of a Shambhala Center. Guides offer information on our Shambhala and Buddhist lineages, programs, practice paths, shrines, Shambhala forms, chants, ceremonies, events and so on.
Guides will be trained in the principles of engagement and friendship—listening, inquiry, and speaking from the heart— so they can assist each new student individually and appropriately.
Those interested in attending Shambhala Guide Training must complete a formal application process. Applicants are required to submit three positive letters of recommendation from three of the following: Your Meditation Instructor, Center Director, Shambhala Training Resident Director, or other senior teacher who knows you or your centre’s practice & study coordinator.
Notification of acceptance will be sent to you by email, including a link that you can use to register. Once accepted, participants will begin preparatory practice and study in advance of the program. Please note that acceptance to train is not a guarantee of authorization as a Shambhala Guide.
Please click here to download the application (COMING SOON)
Once authorized as Guides, students who have the interest and the requisite level of experience may pursue Meditation Instructor and/or an Assistant Director Trainings.
Practice and Study Requirements
Please note that there is significant preparatory work for this program. We suggest that you begin preparing for this training in these ways as soon as you can. We ask that you begin preparing for the weekend in the following ways:
- Begin fulfilling the practice requirement of 30 hours per month for 3 months (shamatha).
- Study Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, chapters 1-11
- Three recommendations and completed application.
- Completion of The Way of Shambhala through the Everyday Life series and Shambhala Training levels I-V.
- Completion of a Weekthun.
- Unconditional Confidence: Rigden and the Shambhala Vow (a.k.a. Rigden Weekend).
- The Basic Goodness series is strongly recommended, if possible.
- Center Membership (exceptions can be made for people in small groups and remote locations).
- Active volunteer at the Center (exceptions can be made for people in small groups and remote locations).
- Has an on-going relationship to meditation practice.
Acharya Allyn Lyon is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She has served as director of Shambhala Mountain Center and has taught at Vajradhatu Seminary. Allyn has traveled and taught extensively in Europe, the U.S. and Mexico, as well as at Naropa University. She currently serves as resident Acharya at Shambhala Mountain Center and in Los Angeles, California. Allyn is known for the clarity and directness of her teaching and for her irreverent sense of humor.
A longtime student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Jeffrey began studying and practicing the Shambhala Buddhist path in 1992. He has an academic background in philosophy, anthropology, and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. His occasionally humorous teaching style emphasizes a precise understanding of the mechanics of meditation, and he encourages students to articulate what they have learned with each new step in their education. In his professional life, he is a founding partner of August Wealth Group, a financial management company. He serves as Shastri, a senior teacher of the Shambhala tradition, at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver.