Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI) Training, Part 2

with Acharya Samten Kobelt

January 10th—January 13th

Date details +
  • £200 Full Price
Room: Main meditation hall


 The London Shambhala Meditation Centre and the Shambhala Office of Practice and Education are pleased to offer a training programme for Shambhala Educators who feel inspired and ready to continue along the path of helping others on their meditative journeys. Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI) Training offers a powerful opportunity to deepen your own understanding of the Way of Shambhala path and to train in working with students on that path.

Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI)
When we support students along the Shambhala path, we are bringing together the Shambhala principle of basic goodness and meditation practices that are the distillation of thousands of years of practitioners’ experience. We are helping others to recognise that meditation is a portal through which we can discover our innate human capacity for wakefulness, wisdom and compassion—and to learn how to bring those qualities into our lives, creating good human society.

Skilfully guiding others in the journey of meditation requires knowledge based on studying view and practices of meditation, as well as one's own deep personal experience. The SPMI needs to be able to authentically meet each student where they are and provide the appropriate next step on the path of meditation, and to do this in an environment of kindness, acceptance, and understanding.

This training offers a strong foundation in knowledge and skills essential to being a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI). We will review the fundamental teachings of meditation, and study and practise how to support students both within and between the Way of Shambhala programmes and courses. Participants also will deepen their understanding of the practices of listening, reflection, and inquiry, and will practise ways in which to bring these skills into their work with students.


  • Authorisation as a Shambhala Guide and having served in that role for at least six months
  • Completion of Enlightened Society Assembly (and its prerequisites) or Sutrayana Seminary
  • Completion of Warrior Assembly (and its prerequisites)
  • Having taken both the Shambhala Vow and the Enlightened Society Vow
  • Having co-ordinated at least one Shambhala Training level
  • Strong daily meditation practice
  • Active membership in a Shambhala Centre (exceptions may be made for individuals who do not live near a centre)

The Training Programme
The training includes two weekends each with an opening evening session followed by three full days. The training will be conducted in English. Participation in the training does not guarantee authorisation. Those who successfully complete the training will be authorised to work with students within and between programmes and courses, focussing primarily on matters related to meditation practice.

Prior to the in-person training, participants will be expected to engage in specified study and practice and to complete two online courses that offer important content in support of the training. There is a separate modest fee for these courses (for which discounts also are available).

Application Process and Deadline
In addition to an application, two recommendations are required: one from the applicant’s Meditation Instructor and one from the centre’s Shastri or Director of Practice and Education. (Exceptions to this will be considered if the applicant does not live near a centre or is affiliated with a small Shambhala group.) One of the recommenders must agree to mentor the applicant for at least one year following completion of the training.

All three documents (application and recommendations) must be submitted no later than noon, 1st September 2018. Since those accepted will need time to do a good deal of preparatory study and practice prior to the in-person training, the sooner one applies and is accepted, the more time one will have to engage in this preparation.

Please direct any questions you may have, including requests for application and recommendation forms or discounts/concessions, to: dpe [at] shambhala [dot] org [dot] uk