Shambhala Training Level V: Open Sky (Online)

with Gaylon Ferguson

October 27th—October 29th

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  • $175 Patron
  • $150 General
  • $125 Current SMCNYC Members
  • $75 Students
Room: Online

Prerequisite: Shambhala Training Level IV: Awakened Heart. If you need financial assistance for this program, please reach out to Mary Beth Minton at [email protected].

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.

This Shambhala Training Level V virtual program will be hosted by the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York.


“Luxury is experiencing reality."

-  Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche 

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 Gaylon Ferguson 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 the Teacher:

Gaylon Ferguson has led group meditation retreats since 1976. The author of Natural Wakefulness (on the four foundations of mindfulness) and Natural Bravery (on fear and fearlessness), he taught Religious Studies at Naropa University for 15 years.

About Shambhala Training:

Shambhala Training offers a structured path of training in meditation and wisdom teachings rooted in the ancient Shambhala tradition and applied to the challenges of everyday existence and in contemporary society. 

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

This comprehensive educational system enables one to follow the Shambhala path of receiving the teachings, critically analyzing, and training the mind through meditation and contemplative practices. It is an effective way to bring harmony, strength, confidence, and wisdom to our daily lives as well as foster healthy transformation in society.


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