Awakened Heart-Shambhala Level 4

with Lance Brunner & Josephine Spilka

February 9th—February 11th (2018)

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  • $125 Suggested Amount
  • $165 Sponsor Amount
  • Pay what you can afford
Room: 100 Taylor Street Suite A16 Nashville, TN 37208

In Level 4 the boundaries between “us in here” and the “world out there” become more permeable. Our natural curiosity takes us deeper as our hearts open and we learn to let more of the world in, allowing ourselves to be touched without closing down out of fear.

We start to see that who we are and what the world is are not as separate as we might have assumed. We continue to discover our inherhent confidence, patience, and generosity.

“Basic goodness is very closely connected to the idea of bodhicitta in the Buddhist tradition. Bodhi means ‘awake’ or ‘wakeful’ and citta means ‘heart,’ so bodhicitta is ‘awakened heart.’

Such awakened heart comes from being willing to face your state of mind. That may seem like a great demand, but it is necessary. The sitting practice of meditation is the means to rediscover basic goodness, and beyond that, it is the means to awaken this genuine heart within yourself.” — Chögyam Trungpa

Pre-requisite:  Shambhala Training Level III: Warrior in the World

Please pre-register online so that we can properly prepare for amounts of food, staff, materials, etc. Payment is not required at the time of pre-registration. If price is an obstacle for you, please make use of our Generosity Policy.

Our Generosity Policy
For those who can offer more than the program price, there is a patron price. Your generosity helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.

We have a Generosity Policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you in your current situation and offer as much of the program price as you can.

To receive the benefit of our generosity policy you must register in advance for your program. On your program page, click “CLICK HERE TO REGISTER” at the bottom of the page. Then on the Registration page, under “Pay what you can afford”, enter the amount you can afford. Fill in the personal information and click “SUBMIT”.

Level 4 graduates are also welcome to join us for 1/2 price.  Please use the "Pay what you can afford option".

About the Teachers:

Lance Brunner
Lance has directed Shambhala Training and contemplative arts programs and retreats over the last 23 years in a wide variety of settings in North and South America, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand including six “summer arts dathuns” at Karme Choling.

He served as co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Shambhala Path of Social Engagement and was a member of the International Shambhala Art Council.

He earned his PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill (when he was a Tar Heel!), and since 1976 has served as a professor music history at the University of Kentucky.

Josephine Spilka

Josephine has been a meditation instructor in the Shambhala since 1989, and a Shambhala Training director since 1998. She teaches Chinese medicine at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, and is licensed to practice Chinese medicine.