Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky (Online)

with Gaylon Ferguson

December 10th—December 12th

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

Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart

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


“Luxury is experiencing reality."

-  Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche 

About Shambhala Training Level V

While we are becoming more familiar with the present moment, we may still be slightly hesitant to let ourselves fully release into the here and now.

In this fifth and final level of Shambhala Training, we'll learn to inhabit the gentleness, openness and precision of our true nature, so that the present moment can unfold around us in all its vivid brilliance.

By softening our hearts and appreciating the sacredness of our experience, our life itself becomes a delightful source of wisdom and uplifted energy, like that of an open sky.

Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky introduces a meditation practice that builds upon the mindfulness-awareness technique of Shambhala Training Level IV. This cumulative weekend guides students to a place beyond the gaze, where every moment is now.  

Our senior Shambhala teacher will incorporate these teachings into the weekend's talks and meditation instruction.  A team of meditation instructors will be on hand to personally assist participants with one-on-one interviews and guided group meditation.

Shambhala Training Level V 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.


"Thank you so much for contributing to my wholeness in the world. The value of Shambhala programming far outweighs its cost." — 2016 Participant

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.