Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior (Online)

with Shastri Elizabeth Reid & Ashley Dinges

April 16th—April 18th

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  • $175 Patron
  • $150 General
  • $125 Current SMCNYC Members
  • $75 Students
  • Pay what you can
Room: Online

Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level I

“Shambhala Training Level II” is the second retreat weekend in the highly acclaimed Shambhala Training curriculum. Completion of “Shambhala Training Level I” is a prerequisite for this program. The Everyday Life course series is recommended to be taken in parallel with Shambhala Training Levels I-V.


"Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth."

- Pema Chödron

About Shambhala Training Level II

This intimate program provides a deepening of instruction for sitting and walking meditation as a means to explore how we can free ourselves from the patterns that repress the brilliant, compassionate, mindful warrior within.

This second Shambhala Training Level presents the view that when we open up to our own genuineness, we can begin to work directly with our fears. Through tenderness, we can meet life's challenging moments, not with distractions and self-aggression, but with courage and confidence.

By relating to fear through meditation practice, we begin to appreciate that there isn't actually anything fundamentally wrong with us. We are good, just as we are, right here and now. We can discover and cultivate the bravery necessary to embrace our true nature.

Shambhala Training Level II: Birth of the Warrior introduces a meditation practice that builds upon the mindfulness-awareness technique of Shambhala Training Level I. The level provides students with real techniques for working with fear and habitual patterns of thought and behavior.

Our Shambhala teachers Shastri Elizabeth Reid and Ashley Dinges will incorporate these teachings into the weekend’s talks and meditation instruction. They lead a team of meditation instructors to personally assist participants with one-on-one sessions and guided group meditation.

Shambhala Training Level II includes:

  • Guided meditation practice

  • Meditation talks

  • One-on-one sessions with a senior instructor

  • Concluding Sunday celebration

About Shambhala Training

Shambhala Training offers a structured path of meditation and emotional intelligence education rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Shambhala tradition and created for the challenges of modern, everyday existence.

The Shambhala Training path consists of weekly classes and weekend retreats suitable for both beginning and experienced meditators, and open to people of any spiritual tradition.

This comprehensive overview of mindfulness meditation and contemplative living practices presents the view that when we foster a more awake relationship with ourselves, we can and are fostering a healthy transformation in society and our world altogether.

About the Teachers

Shastri Elizabeth Reid is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, having been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now the current Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. With a background in theater and dance and an ongoing relationship with photography, she is endlessly intrigued by the interplay between meditation and the arts. She has a private practice in NYC as a Nationally Certified Alexander Technique Teacher.

Ashley Dinges is a meditation teacher and practitioner in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. She is based in Brooklyn, NYC and is an award-winning marketing and communications executive. Ashley currently serves as the Director of Marketing and Sales for GFour Productions, a Tony Award-winning theatrical producer, and holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business. She is particularly interested in the intersection of contemplative practice with our everyday lives, careers, and relationships.


"I can't think of anyone who would not benefit from this."

"Such a powerful tool for personal growth."

Open to all. Zoom information will be sent prior to the class. The Patron rate makes it possible to support our online programming at this time. Registration is limited so please register soon! 

Please register in advance; last minute registrants run the risk of not receiving their Zoom link in time to attend.