Program Details

Joy in Everyday Life

with Merlin Cox
June 6 / 7:15 PM - July 4 / 9:30 PM

About Joy in Everyday Life

When we’re low on energy and inspiration, our lives can feel like a race to the bottom. To compensate, we often find ourselves running to the very habits that drain us. 

This 5-week course shows us that, while the challenges of our cycles are always arising, when we nourish ourselves with simple enjoyment of ourselves, others, and the world around us, our lives take on a refreshing, ordinary joyfulness.

By letting go of the struggle to be something "better," we can make space for our inherently intelligent, compassionate, and strong nature to flourish.

Details on Joy in Everyday Life

In these classes, we deepen our practice of mindfulness meditation as well as bringing a greater sense of awareness into our practice. The course also introduces the Buddhist teachings and practices of compassion and loving-kindness. The five class course offers instruction on the following topics:   

Class 1: Introducing Joy

Class 2: Awakening the Heart 

Class 3: Escaping the Trap of Doubt

Class 4: Compassion in Action

Class 5: Celebrating the journey

Who is it For?

This course is for anyone who has already recieved some training in meditation (for example by completing our Contentment in Everyday Life course, Shambhala Level 1 weekend, an 8-week MBSR course, or training with another Buddhist organisation).

What is involved?

  • Mindfulness and Awareness Meditation Practice

  • Talks on the key themes

  • Guided instruction on contemplation practices to develop compassion and wellbeing

  • Open discussion activities

  • One-to-one meditation interviews by request

The primary source is The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön

About the Way of Shambhala

Joy in Everyday Life is the third course in the Everyday Life series, part of the Way of Shambhala, a complete path of weekly classes and weekend retreats that provides a comprehensive overview of mindfulness and contemplative meditation techniques.  The evening courses do not all have to be taken in order, so anyone with basic meditation training is welcome (see above).

The Way of Shambhala  presents profound, simple, and incredibly relevant teachings on how we can bring our meditation practice into every facet of daily life

About the teachers

Shastri Merlin Cox first came across the writings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1977 and then encountered him in person during his 1981 teachings in London. He attended the 1988 Vajradhatu Seminary led by the Vajra Regent and is now a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He served in various roles in the Dorje Kasung (Pillar of Protection) and the administration at the London Shambhala Centre, including a seven-year period as director.  A software engineer, he worked for Amnesty International for 15 years, and is now self-employed, living in London with his wife, adult son, and guinea pig. Together with Tessa Watt, he was appointed Shastri or senior teacher for London in September 2017.


Payment Terms and Conditions

The early bird fee of £95 is available until the 23rd May 2019, after which the fee will be £110.  A concession fee of £70 is available for those earning below £17,000 per annum and a concession fee of £60 is available for those earning below £12,000  Please contact [email protected] to apply for a concession.

Please register and pay in full on registration.  Cancellation up to 1 week before the programme will receive a full refund, after that there will be a £20 fee charged for cancellation up until 4th June 2019, after which no refund is granted.  

Additional Information

Timings: Arrival 7.15pm, start 7:30pm, finish 9:30pm 
We will serve some light refreshments at the end of each evening, we hope you can join us.

For further information please email: [email protected].

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