Shambhala Guide Training: Registration Page
Shastri Jeffrey Stevens and Calryn Aston
January 30–February 2, 2015
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.
Please note that this training is an initial step towards authorization as a Shambhala Guide. At the completion of the training, the co-directors will determine which students are ready to be authorized as Guides. Not all participants who complete the training will be authorized as a Shambhala Guide; some may need further study and practice.
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.
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.
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.