The Way of Shambhala


The Way of Shambhala is an extensive path of training in authentic meditation practices and wisdom teachings for anyone interested in pursuing such training. This program of courses and weekend retreats offers an experiential overview of practices, teachings, contemplative arts, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Vajrayana Buddhism.

The program is open to people of all religious backgrounds or no religious background. It is recommended for new and experienced meditators as well as those looking to enrich their personal spiritual path and social action.

We welcome you to participate to the extent you wish. Sample a course or a weekend retreat—or a number of them—at any time. The full program is described below.

The “Way of Shambhala at a Glance” diagram (shown at the right) visuallywos-2014-11-05-200w-e1435102159696 illustrates the program. Click here to view.  

(Alternatively, you can click here to print a more detailed outline of the Shambhala program. Be aware this is a 3-part 2-sided brochure if you wish to print a copy.)



The Way of Shambhala program consists of:

  • The Way of Shambhala program also encompasses some 1-to-2 week retreats and advanced assemblies. For information please see The Shambhala Path on Shambhala’s central website.


The courses are interactive, communal, and create a learning environment where the teachings are intimate and relevant. Participants train in meditation, and use inquiry, dialogue, and contemplative arts to integrate the teachings.

The weekend retreats are opportunities to deepen meditation practice in a powerful environment that meets the needs of a workweek and family life.

You may start with any series except the Sacred Path. In each series, the courses or weekend retreats are designed to be taken sequentially. For example, Shambhala Training participants progress from Level I to Level V in sequence. The most gradual introduction is to take the Meditation in Everyday Life course first.