Stupa shrine room

Shastri Training

Acharya Adam Lobel and Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

June 9–13, 2013

Acharya Adam Lobel

Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

This special training program is designed for both the 2010 Shastris who will be renewing their oaths for three more years of service as well as for the newly appointed Shastris from 2012. As an expression of the Shambhala Practice and Education “Year of Deepening,” this training will emphasize our actual realization of the profound Shambhala teachings of the Sakyong, cultivated through our study and practice. We will hone our skills in communicating the Shambhala dharma in a variety of pedagogies, and refresh our understanding of the Way of Shambhala curriculum and Shambhala Meditation methods. Participants are asked to prepare for an entrance exam for this program; the study guide will be available by Shambhala Day. Continuing Shastris are required to participate in this training during summer 2013.

Materials fees have not been determined. Please keep this in mind when budgeting for your program.

Due to the limitations of our registration system, some housing options that do not appear to be available may actually be available. Please register for the tent option and send an email to describing your first and second choices for housing.  Although we will do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs, upgraded lodging is not guaranteed at this time.

IMPORTANT Registration note: Due to limitations with our registration software, please select from the following links to register for the Shastri Training:

If you are attending the Shastri Training ONLY, click here.

If you are attending both the Shastri Training and the preceding 3 Pillars Leadership, click here to register for the Shastri Training Program. Remember to register separately for the 3 Pillar Leadership Program.

If you are attending both the Shastri Training and the SMC Scorpion Seal Assembly Garchen, click here to register for the Shastri Training Program. Remember to register separately for the SSA Garchen.

If you are attending Shastri Training, 3 Pillar Gathering, and a SMC SSA Garchen, click here. Remember to register for 3 Pillars and the Garchen.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

A deposit of 50% of the total program cost is due upon registration, and the remaining balance must be paid in full 30 days prior to your arrival date. As noted below, a special cancellation policy applies to this program.

There is a $100 cancellation fee for all indoor housing cancellations. For cancellations of tent reservations there is a $50 cancellation fee.

The cancellation policy for this program is designed to assist all Sangha members who require indoor housing. If you register and then cannot attend the program, we request that you let us know as early as possible so that others can make the necessary arrangements to attend.

In addition to the cancellation fee, the following terms apply:

Registrations cancelled more than 30 days prior to the program will receive a full refund, less the cancellation fee.

Registrations cancelled between 7 and 30 days prior to the program will receive program credit for the amount paid, less the cancellation feel.

Registrations cancelled less than 7 days prior to the program will not receive any refund or program credit.

Acharya Adam Lobel

Acharya Adam Lobel was drawn to the path of meditation when he was 16 years old, in response to the social and ecological injustices he saw.  He soon encountered the writings and vision of Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  Inspired by the path of warriorship and the vision of enlightened society, he pursued meditation retreats and training in the Shambhala Buddhist path.  Adam connected with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, head of the Shambhala lineage, while on retreat in Parphing, Nepal in 1997. He was co-editor of the Sakyong’s book Turning the Mind into an Ally.  Adam was named an Acharya in 2004 and completed a Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. In 2008, the Sakyong named Acharya Lobel the Kalapa Acharya. The Kalapa Acharya presides over the Pillar of Practice and Education within Shambhala. Acharya Lobel is particularly responsible for curriculum and path development as well as training Shambhala teachers. Adam is involved with various social and ecological transformation initiatives both within and beyond Shambhala. Adam is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons.

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978.  As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s, she became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, and was empowered as an acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2000. Her teaching specialties are meditation practice, Shambhala teachings, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education.  Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001), explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men.  She has also edited Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies (SUNY 2011). She had her husband, Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.