Shambhala Teacher Training

with Acharya Daniel Hessey, Shastri Ethan Nichtern, Shastri Elizabeth Reid, Shastri Sheila Bascetta

November 16th—November 19th

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  • $490 General
Room: Main Shrine Room

**Please note we are no longer accepting applications for Shambhala Teacher Training**

The Shambhala Meditation Center of New York hosts Shambhala Teacher Training this November, a 3 day intensive co-taught by visiting Acharya Daniel Hessey and teacher-in-residence Shastri Ethan Nichtern, along with Shastris Elizabeth Reid and Sheila Bascetta. This training will be convened in a garchen, or "great gathering" style, and will include three separate tracks of training, as well as a number of shared teachings among all levels of participants.

The application deadline for this program is Tuesday, September 26th (final deadline extended to Tuesday, October 10th). Space is limited, so please apply early.

Basic Teacher Training

This track will give trainees who have not done teacher training before the opportunity to begin to work with preparing talks and co-teaching the core curriculum, including Shambala Training and the first courses of the In Everyday Life series.

Pre-requisites: The pre-requisites for this track are either Warrior Assembly, Enlightened Society Assembly, or previous authorization as a Shambhala Guide. Trainees must also submit three letters of recommendation: one from an Acharya or Shastri, one from a meditation instructor, and one from a leader of your center's governance pillar or staff.

To apply, please complete this Basic Teacher Training Online Application Form and have your recommenders complete this Teacher Training Recommendation Form. Applications will be reviewed only when they are complete. Notification of acceptance will be sent to you by email by Tuesday, October 3rd.

Intermediate Teacher Training

This track is open to those who have completed a previous teacher training and who would like to work with deepening their presentation skills and becoming empowered to teach more of the core curriculum. We will focus on Weekend IV of Shambhala Training, along with Fearlessness in Everyday Life and Wisdom in Everyday Life.

Pre-requisites: The pre-requisites for this track are completion of the Basic Teacher Training (which focused on Weekends II and III of Shambhala Training, Contentment in Everyday Life and Joy in Everyday Life), along with two letters of recommendation: one from a senior teacher who has observed you teach or co-taught with you, and one from an Acharya or Shastri, meditation instructor or leader of your center's governance pillar.

To apply, please complete this Intermediate Teacher Training Online Application Form and have your recommenders complete this Teacher Training Recommendation Form. Applications will be reviewed only when they are complete. Notification of acceptance will be sent to you by email by Tuesday, October 3rd.

Personal Mentorship Program Training

A new teaching role in development, mentors take responsibility for forming a deeper relationship with students' paths, in the settings of both private guidance and group teaching.

This advanced track of teaching is open by invitation only to experienced teachers and MIs at this time.

Application Deadline and Prepatory Work

The application deadline for this program is Tuesday, September 26th (final deadline extended to Tuesday, October 10th).

For each track there will be one or more Zoom video conference gatherings before the training, with a considerable amount of preparatory work. Students should prepare to participate fully in the preparation as well as the extended weekend itself. Details on the schedule of prepatory work will be posted in September.

Upon acceptance to the Teacher Training, participants must register and submit a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the program tuition in order to receive the study and preparation materials for the training. The remaining 50% of the program tuition must be submitted no later than 2 weeks prior to the program start date.

Due to the nature and limited capacity of this program, we are unable to extend the Generosity Policy. Payment plans may be arranged through the Registrar and up to $150 in SMCNY Program Staffing Credits may be applied to the program tuition.

It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher(s) in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher(s) has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program.

About the Teachers

Achary Dan HesseyAcharya Daniel Hessey discovered the dharma in 1973 through Trungpa Rinpoche’s book Meditation in Action and moved to Tail of the Tiger (now Karme Choling) the following year. He has lived in Shambhala communities — Karme Choling, Shambhala Mountain Center, and Marpa House — for the majority of his adult life. He served as co-director of Shambhala Mountain Center from 1985 to 1992, and has served on its Board of Directors for the last five years. He has taught the Shambhala dharma extensively in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. Over the last ten years he has translated the Yijing (I Ching) from the Chinese into English under the direction of Eva Wong.

Ethan Nichtern Shambhala New York City Shastri Ethan Nichtern is a Senior Shastri, a senior teacher, in the Shambhala tradition. He is the senior teacher in residence for the NY Shambhala community. He is the author of several books. His most recent, The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path (FSG North Point) made several major lists of the Best Books of 2015. He is also the founder of The Interdependence Project, an organization dedicated to Buddhist-inspired meditation and psychology, transformational activism, mindful arts, and meaningful media. He teaches and lectures around the world and is based in New York City.

Sheila BascettaShastri Sheila Bascetta began the Shambhala path in 1981 and has served in varying roles in the New York Shambhala community over the years. She is a meditation instructor and teaches in the Way of Shambhala and Heart of Warriorship programs, as well as the Basic Goodness series. Sheila is a psychotherapist in private practice working with children, families, groups and individuals.


Elizabeth ReidShastri Elizabeth Reid has been a member of the Shambhala NYC community since 1983. She began her studies with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and became a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. One of her roles over the years was establishing and guiding the first Learn to Meditate programs.  She has taught the full Everyday Life series curriculum and directed all Heart of Warriorship and Sacred Path Shambhala Training weekends. In addition, she has co-taught Assistant Director training. With a background in dance, theater and photography, she has led contemplative photography workshops and has a private practice as an Alexander Technique teacher.