(Oct) Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart
with Robert Chender
Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level III
With trust in basic goodness and daring to experience the sharp edge of reality, we move forward with gentleness, increased awareness and inquisitiveness about the world as it is. We can extend ourselves to others fully and with kindness.
“Basic goodness is very closely connected to the idea of bodhicitta in the Buddhist tradition. Bodhi means ‘awake’ or ‘wakeful’ and citta means ‘heart,’ so bodhicitta is ‘awakened heart.’ Such awakened heart comes from being willing to face your state of mind. That may seem like a great demand, but it is necessary. The sitting practice of meditation is the means to rediscover basic goodness, and beyond that, it is the means to awaken this genuine heart within yourself.”
— Chögyam Trungpa
Open to graduates of Shambhala Training Level III.
Robert Chender became a student of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche while in college. He majored in East Asian Studies at Vassar and also attended Harvard, where he wrote his senior thesis on the history of Buddhism in China; he also has a degree from the NYU School of Law. He has been a meditation instructor, teacher, and Shambhala Training director for more than twenty-five years. He has served on the Shambhala Center Board of Directors since its inception, and was chairman of the Board from 2000 until 2005. He and his wife Amy have two sons in college and live in Westchester County. Robert is a lawyer.
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