Shambhala Guide Training

Shastri Jeffrey Stevens and Shastri Cal Aston

January 30–February 2, 2015

Tuition $250 + 3 nights

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.

Application Process

The Application Deadline is November 30, 2014.

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.
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.

Early-bird Discount Extended: Use promo code EARLYBIRD10 when registering for housing before December 15th to receive 10% off lodging.  If you are not accepted into the program, you have 7 days to inform Shambhala Mountain Center to receive a refund, minus the cancellation fee.

Submit your application to Shastri Stevens at : by the November 30, 2014 application deadline.

Click here to download the Shambhala Guide Application 
Click here to download the Shambhala Guide Recommendation Form

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:

  1. Begin fulfilling the practice requirement of 30 hours per month for 3 months (shamatha).
  2. Study Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, chapters 1-11


Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.




Shastri Jeffrey Stevens

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.

Shastri Cal Aston

Shastri Calryn Aston has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1997. She has been active in training Shambhala Guides across the Front Range since 2007. She serves as a senior teacher in Boulder and other Front Range centers and also teaches mindfulness in corporate and educational settings. She is the Director of Lunacare LLC.

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