The Art of Being Human: Shambhala Training Level One

Saturday 17 October 2015 (09:00 -19:00)
Sunday 18 October 2015 (09:30 -19:00)
Salisbury Centre Studio
Teacher : Acharya Marianne Bots
Coordinator : Angela Newton
Contact person : Angela Newton
Price : £90
Through the practice of meditation and mindfulness, we discover that we are fundamentally OK. By being open to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our real potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.


Level I: The Art of Being Human

Saturday and Sunday 17-18 October 2015     9:30am to 6:30pm

Salisbury Centre, Newington, Edinburgh, EH16 5AB

This programme is the essential first step for entering the Shambhala Training path of bravery and gentleness. Drawn from the tradition presented in Chögyam Trungpa’s seminal book Shambhala, the Sacred Path of the Warrior, The Art of Being Human introduces mindfulness-awareness meditation in a secular context. Engaging the mind, we glimpse the world's magic without conceptual filters, and begin to discover a basic goodness which is always present. Through the practice of meditation, we glimpse unconditional goodness as the ground of our existence. Opening to ourselves with gentleness and appreciation, we begin to see our potential as genuine and compassionate human beings.

Teacher: Acharya Marianne Bots

Marianne Bots

Marianne Bots resides in the Netherlands where she joined the Shambhala community in 1977. She is a psychologist and psychotherapist who has worked more than 30 years in a clinic for young adolescents as a therapist and Head of Treatment. Recently she and her partner and colleague Lisette van Ardenne have begun offering Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Focusing and Coaching-Therapy within the context of a culture of Basic Goodness at a private institute for “Fundamental Health”.

She attended Vajrayana Seminary in 1982 and served as a Dorje Kasung for twelve years. She has been active in the leadership of the Arnhem Shambhala Centre and the European Council. She teaches throughout Europe. In 2010 she was appointed a shastri.

Shambhala Training - The Sacred Path of the Warrior

Shambhala Training is a series of contemplative workshops, suited for both beginning and experienced meditators. The simple and profound technique of mindfulness and awareness is the basis of a secular path of meditation, which can benefit people of any spiritual tradition and way of life. Shambhala Training is the study and practice of Shambhala warriorship—the tradition of human bravery and leadership. This path shows how to take the challenges of daily life in our modern society as opportunities for both contemplative practice and social action.

Shambhala Training is inspired by the ancient legend of the Kingdom of Shambhala, said to be a society which drew its gentle and fearless sense of social responsibility from the practice of meditation. The legend of the Kingdom of Shambhala has been a guiding vision for many centuries in Asian culture and has parallels in Western traditions. All aspects of our daily life and society—family, commerce, education, the arts—can be permeated with a sense of sacredness.