Shambhala Guide Training

with Shastri Jane Hope & Shastri Alex Paterson

June 23rd—June 25th

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    Room: London meditation hall
    Program Registration is Closed.

    Shambhala Guide Training is for students with a strong personal practice who feel ready to help others on their meditative journey.

    Shambhala Guides are trained to give initial meditation instruction and to be a resource, friend and host to those new to meditation or Shambhala.

    In order to qualify for this intensive study program, students must complete a series of practice and study requirements, as well as provide three recommendations from senior Shambhala practitioners. Full details are provided below.

    We invite all interested and eligible practitioners to contact Jez Taylor for instructions on how to apply. Please be aware that the training is limited to 24 participants. Unfortunately we will not be able to accept all qualified applicants since we have already recieved more interest than can be accomodated. A criteria of eligibility will be used once all applications are recieved.

    Role of The Shambhala Guide

    In addition to offering initial meditation instruction, Shambhala Guides serve as a resource, friend, and host to newcomers at the Shambhala Centre. They provide information on our Shambhala and Buddhist lineages, the programs, the practice paths, shrines, Shambhala forms, chants, ceremonies, events and so on.

    Shambhala Guide Training

    There are three parts to successful completion of Shambhala Guide Training:

    1. Online study prior to the weekend training;
    2. Three-day weekend training program;
    3. One-day follow-up session (several months after the Guide Training weekend).

    The two online courses must be completed before the weekend training, as they cover important content and foundational information that make the weekend training more productive. There is a separate fee for these courses.

    During the weekend program, Shambhala Guides are trained in the principles of engagement, listening, inquiry and speaking from the heart, so that they can assist each new student individually and appropriately. The emphasis is on meeting newcomers as they enter Shambhala, and giving them guidance and instruction according to their particular aspiration and needs.

    The follow-up day is a required part of the weekend training. 

    Attending a Shambhala Guide training does not guarantee authorization to practice as a Shambhala Guide.

    Becoming a Shambhala Guide is a required first-step towards becoming authorized as a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor, which also requires further study and training. However, students authorized as Shambhala Guides may continue as Guides. There is no requirement to train as a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor.

     Prerequisites for Shambhala Guide Training

    • Weekthun (week-long intensive sitting program)
    • Shambhala Training Levels I-V
    • Five “Everyday Life” Series Courses: Meditation, Contentment, Joy, Fearlessness and Wisdom in Everyday Life
    • Unconditional Confidence: Rigden weekend program
    • Active membership at a Shambhala Centre
    • Ongoing relationship to meditation practice, including 20 hours per month for the three months prior to the Shambhala Guide weekend training
    • Three positive letters of recommendation from your Meditation Instructor, Center Director, and a senior teacher who knows you (preferably a Shastri, or the Centre's Director of Practice and Education)
    • If possible, the Basic Goodness Series is highly recommended, but not required


    1. Both the Everyday Life and Basic Goodness Series can also be completed online at
    2. Some exceptions may also be made on a case-by-case basis, depending on the circumstances. Please speak to those from whom you are seeking recommendation to inquire about any prerequisites that may not be met in advance of Guide Training.

    Application Deadline

    The 3 recommendations to accompany your application must be received by 20th March, 2017.