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The Shambhala Meditation Center of Asheville is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and further developed by his son and lineage holder Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Shambhala vision is rooted in the contemplative teachings of Buddhism, yet is a fresh expression of the spiritual journey for our time.
We aspire to help create enlightened society based upon the realization of basic goodness and the cultivation of gentleness, fearlessness and dignity in ourselves, our community and the world. To this end, we offer to all the practice of meditation, the study of the Shambhala Buddhist teachings and a community dedicated to open-hearted interaction.
The Way of Shambhala is the core curriculum offered at the Shambhala Center. It is a unique path of practice and study through classes and weekend Shambhala Training Levels. We warmly invite you to come and explore the genuine, gentle, and brave path of Shambhala Warriorship with us.
Free meditation instruction is offered at our weekly public sitting every Thursday evening at 6pm and Sunday Morning at 10am.
Our Regular Drop-In and Beginner Programs:
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Sadhana of Mahamudra
March 16th - March 29th
This Vajrayana practice is open to everyone and is a means of overcoming obstacles in one's practice and life. The Sadhana consists of brief silent meditation, chanting, and mantra recitation.more info
Birth of the Warrior, Way of Shambhala, Level II
March 21st - March 23rd
In this program, we observe how we personally create a cocoon of habits to mask our fear, and we begin to appreciate that there is no fundamental obstacle to experiencing basic goodness. Shambhala Training Level I is prerequisite.more info
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