Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation and contemplation practice, we can relax with ourselves as we are and appreciate simple human experience. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, mindfulness and inquisitiveness.
This five-week course is open to all. No previous experience with meditation is required.
Contentment in Everyday Life is the second of five classes in the Everyday Life series of the Way of Shambhala. However, all are welcome as we continue to focus on the fundamentals of meditation, mindfulness and fundamental Buddhist teachings and their application to bring contentment into our everyday lives. Cultivating contentment means that difficult emotions (“grrrrr!”) and the challenges of life (“You’re leaving me?”) can be met with gentleness, steadiness and humor.
Class One: Introduces the sitting practice of meditation – and introduces the possibility that by simply letting yourself “be,” you can develop a true sense of warmth and friendliness to yourself – the true source of contentment.
Class Two: A look at mindfulness. An introduction to contemplative meditation practice.
Class Three: Presents the fundamental Buddhist teachings on the truth of suffering, and how we can meet suffering with gentleness, nowness and inquisitiveness.
Class Four: Focuses on working with emotions.
Class Five: Presents teachings on trust and being free form arrogance. We review the course and celebrate contentment.
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, and offer as much of the program fee as you can. For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price.” Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the cost for others who are not able to pay the full price.
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