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Location: Shambhala Online

The Buddhas Discourse on Happiness: A Sutra Practice and Study Session

7:00-8:30 p.m. EST (New York)

Suggested Donation $10

About the Session

To live in the world with your heart undisturbed by the world, with all sorrows ended, dwelling in peace — this is the greatest happiness.

–The Buddha

Do you want to learn more about the Buddha’s teachings on happiness? Do you want to study Buddhism and read a “sutra” (ancient text of teachings taught by the Buddha) in community? In this unique Shambhala Online session, we will explore the Buddha’s teachings on how to cultivate happiness, contentment, and profound peace.

This Session Offers:

  • An opportunity to study a Mahayana Sutra in community
  • An opportunity to deepen your understanding of the Buddha’s teachings
  • An opportunity to practice meditation from the comfort of your own home or practice space
  • Enriching community dialogue about happiness and human emotions
  • Question and Answer period
  • Connection with other meditation practitioners

What You Need:

  • An open heart and mind
  • A journal
  • Mala beads (optional)

Required Reading Material:

Sutras / Discourse on Happiness. Maṅgala Sutta, Sutta Nipāta 2.4. Plum Village. https://plumvillage.org/library/sutras/discourse-on-happiness

Old Path White Clouds: The Life Story of the Buddha by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh

Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chödron

Note: The instructor will screen share the sutra. We will not be chanting the sutra–reading only.


Open to all. 

About the Teachers

Alley Smith (she/her) is a Shambhala Buddhist Minister of Religion (Upadhyaya) at Brown University. She also holds 10 precepts in Zen Buddhism. Alley is a US military war veteran. During her career, Alley served with the military funeral honors teams in the US Marine Corps and Navy Reserve. She specializes in teaching Buddhism, spiritual care, and as a funeral clergy. Alley is deeply influenced by Pure Land Buddhism and Vajrayana. She currently hosts Making Friends with Death and Dying: Support Group on Shambhala Online. 

Billy Goldner is a Buddhist Minister in the Shambhala Lineage (Upadhyaya). He is graduating from the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program at Upaya Zen Center, and is currently serving as a Chaplain intern in hospitals in Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Billy has been a student of Shambhala since 2014 and has been offering meditation instruction since 2017.

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