Shambhala Guide Training

with Shastri Bill Brauer

October 3rd—October 7th (2018) -Date postponed or cancelled

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  • $490 General

Prerequisites: Shambhala Training Weekends I-V, the In Everyday Life courses, Rigden Weekend, and one weekthün. 

Application Deadline Extended: July 20, 2018.

 Shambhala Guide Training

The Shambhala Meditation Center of New York and Shambhala International are pleased to offer a training program for students who have a strong personal meditation practice and feel inspired and ready to help others on their meditative journeys. By completing this training, you prepare yourself to begin a practice of listening to, encouraging, and supporting new practitioners on their paths.

Role of Shambhala Guide

The role of the Shambhala Guide is to be a resource, guide, friend, and host to newcomers within the context of Shambhala Center educational programs and events. One important aspect of this is to offer one-on-one meditation instruction to newcomers. However, the emphasis is on meeting newcomers as they enter Shambhala, and offering them guidance and instruction according to their particular aspiration and needs.

Shambhala Guides are authorized to give initial meditation instruction and engage in one follow-up meeting with a student to review the practice. They also are authorized to give group instruction when needed. In fact, one of the outcomes of having people in this role at a center would be to be able to provide individual initial instruction to newcomers. During the second meeting, the Shambhala Guide typically offers to refer the student to a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI) if the person wants further guidance related to meditation. The Shambhala Guide also offers to be available as an ongoing practice friend and resource for the new student.


What You'll Do With Your Guide Training

  1. Assistant teach the Learn to Meditate class
  2. Act as a guide and host for the Meditation In Everyday Life class
  3. Offer meditation instruction to newcomers during weekly "office hours"
  4. Host visiting school groups and answer questions on Shambhala and Buddhism
  5. Represent Shambhala and give meditation instruction out in the community


  • Completion of Shambhala Training Weekends I-V

  • Completion of the In Everyday Life courses

  • Completion of Rigden Weekend: Unconditional Confidence 

  • Having taken the Shambhala Vow

  • Completion of a Weekthün

  • Strong daily meditation practice

  • Active membership in a Shambhala Center (exceptions may be made for individuals who do not live near a center)

  • (Completion of the Basic Goodness courses is recommended, but not required.)

Skills Covered in the Training

  • Giving initial meditation instruction

  • Communicating skillfully on: our lineages, culture, iconography, shrines, chants, ceremonies, and an overview of all of our training paths

  • Engaging, listening, speaking from the heart

  • Understanding the precise, open and beyond meditation practices as taught in Shambhala Training

  • Leading discussion groups

The Shambhala Guide training can be a step towards becoming a Shambhala Path Meditation Instructor (SPMI). However, students authorized as Shambhala Guides certainly may serve and deepen in this role without going on to attend SPMI training. There are further prerequisites to complete for those who are interested in becoming authorized as SPMIs.

The Training Program

The training includes an opening evening session followed by four full days. Participation in the training does not guarantee authorization as a Shambhala Guide. Students who are authorized will take the Shambhala Guide Vow and will be expected to engage as a Shambhala Guide at their local center.

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

Applicants must submit an application and arrange for two recommendations to be submitted. One recommendation must be from an experienced Shambhala Educator (Way of Shambhala teacher or SPMI) who agrees to mentor the applicant for at least one year following completion of the training. All three documents (application and recommendations) must be submitted by July 20, 2018. The application deadline is firm, 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 preparatory study and practice. Early application also is encouraged since the training is limited to 30 participants.

>Application Form

>Recommendation Form

About the Teacher

Shastri Bill Brauer has been a member of the Shambhala community for 40 years, and was once the Executive Director of Karmê Chöling. He currently is a consultant for large corporations on leadership training, succession planning, and developmental feedback programs throughout North America. In 2010, Shastri Brauer was empowered as a Shastri by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has fulfilled this role by leading Way of Shambhala classes, Dathuns, Meditation Instructor Training, and Shambhala Training Levels throughout North America and Eastern Europe, and most recently Russia.

Generosity Policy

Please note that we are not able to offer Generosity Policy for this program. You may use program staffing credit for up to 50% of the program cost. Payment plans may also be arranged with our Registrar.