If you have ever tried to sit and meditate for any length of time you already know that it takes tremendous resolve and fortitude to remain seated unflinchingly for some time. This was also recognized by many traditions and became known as a path or way to develop courage and honor.
The particular approach I offer in my classes and that I have trained in is called Shambhala and is called the Sacred Path of the Warrior and is also a book by Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche, a tibetan meditation master who came to the US in the 1970"s and designed a secular appraoch to systematically teach meditation to Western students.
The teachings of this lineage are based on turning the mind into an ally. The organization Shambhala International has centers throughout the world with our local Silicon Valley Shambhala Center offering regular instruction every Sunday at 10 am as a part of our Open House we have sitting practice from 10:30 to 11:00 and a discussion or talk following. While we offer Shambhala training levels I-III the continuing levels are offered at any one of the other six other sites in the area.
I've been reading a ton of Chogyam Trungpa's books of late and I love his definition of what it means to be a warrior in this world. I'm taking the first level of the Shambala training program in a few months and am really looking forward to it.