Program Details

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Jeremy Hayward
March 14 / 7:00 PM - April 11 / 9:00 PM

Contentment is hard to find. We usually think contentment is found in things, achievements or experiences. 

Contentment in Everyday Life is a 5-week course offering an experiential training in contentment, as well as an exploration of the obstacles or challenges to experiencing simplicity, gentleness and mindfulness in everyday life. The course responds with practical suggestions to the question "How can I bring the contentment of meditation into my everyday life?"

This is an introductory class in the Way of Shambhala curriculum. It offers a glimpse of the Shambhala vision of an enlightened society created through mindfulness-awareness meditation, and how the stability and wisdom cultivated through this practice can expand to benefit the world around us.

Class topics:
Class 1: Introducing Contentment: "Friendly to Oneself"

Class 2: Contemplating Contentment: "Nowness"

Class 3: Suffering & The Four Noble Truths: "Meeting Suffering with Gentleness"

Class 4: Working with Emotions & Buddhist Psychology

Class 5: The Confidence of Contentment

Contentment in Everyday Life is both a companion class to Shambhala Training Level II, is also an excellent introductory course on it's own. Open to everyone.

Jeremy Hayward has been a practicing Buddhist since 1970, when he first met and became a student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In 1974, Jeremy helped to found the Naropa University, in Boulder Colorado, under the guidance of Chögyam Trungpa. In 1977 he helped to create the Shambhala Training program and was a central figure in the development of the Shambhala teachings for many years. Jeremy was appointed acharya (senior teacher) of Shambhala Buddhism, by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in 1996. He was acharya-in-residence at Dechen Chöling, the European Shambhala practice centre, from 1999 to 2005, and Director of Education at Dorje Denma Ling in Nova Scotia, the Shambhala practice centre of Canada, from 2005 to 2012. Jeremy has written several books on the connections between science and Buddhism as well as “Sacred World”, on the Shambhala teachings, and “Warrior-King”, his memoirs of Chögyam Trungpa.

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