Level II: Birth of the Warrior

with Barbara Hirschfeld & Irv Kirschbaum

May 18th—May 19th

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  • $150 Program Price
  • $200 Patron Price
  • $50 Or Pay in Accord with your circumstance

Level II - Birth of the Warrior

Taught by: Barbara Hirschfeld and Irv Kirschbaum
Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $150, $50 for repeaters, or as you can manage

This weekend program builds on the foundation of the meditation practice that was introduced in Level I and explores how habitual ways of thinking obscure the raw brilliance of the world we live in.

"There is a formal practice for learning to stay with the energy of uncomfortable emotions—a practice for transmuting the poison of negative emotions into wisdom. It is similar to alchemy, the medieval technique of changing base metal into gold. You don’t get rid of the base metal—it isn’t thrown out and replaced by gold. Instead, the crude metal itself is the source of the precious gold."
- Ani Pema Chodron, on the practice of meditation.

 

Level Two introduces us to our 'base metals' and takes us further on the path of self-discovery. We begin to understand the meaning of "Warrior" as it is used in the Shambhala tradition, as one who is not afraid to look at their own mind and heart. Using all the tools of meditation, contemplation and discussion, we will explore together and deepen our understanding of the power of meditation.

By opening to our own genuineness and tenderness, we learn how to work with fear to cultivate the willingness to see our deep-seated habits and defenses. This weekend program intensifies the discipline of meditation practice, which enables us to begin seeing through obscurations of habitual patterns that we have created over time.

Every Shambhala Training level includes thorough meditation instruction, periods of meditation practice, one-on-one meetings to clarify questions, talks by senior teachers, group discussions and a concluding reception.


Barbara Hirschfeld has been studying the Shambhala Dharma since she went to a Pema Retreat in 2001. The timing was right and she soaked in the teachings like a dry sponge to water. She became a student of Pema Chodron and through her a student of Chogyam Trungpa.

She served as coordinator of Shambhala Training for Sonoma and Santa Rosa for 5 years, and then stepped into the role of Director and Council member of Santa Rosa Shambhala and served in that capacity for several years.

In 2012 she opened a retreat space on her land, Open Sky Retreat Space, and she hosts programs by many different teachers there, as well as offering people a place to retreat and meditate.


IrvIrv Kirschbaum has been student of Shambhala and Buddhism since 2007 and a Shambhala Meditation Instructor since 2010. He is always delighted to share what he has learned of the Shambhala teachings with his meditation students and in the context of the Shambhala training curriculum. 

Irv recently retired from the post of Regional Director of Practice & Study for Northern California Shambhala. In his free time, he’s an HR Director for a pharmaceutical company that develops medicines for people suffering with central nervous system diseases.

In addtion he is a long-time Tai Chi practitioner, an Early Music musician and has a graduate degree in Counseling from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. He lives with his beloved husband and two amazing Maine Coon cats in the hills near Lake Berryessa east of Napa, CA.