Program Details

Way of Shambhala I: Contentment in Everyday Life


with Bill Bothwell & Joel Wachbrit
October 30 / 7:30 PM - November 27 / 9:30 PM

Contentment is hard to find.  We usually think contentment is found in things, achievements or experiences.  With meditation practice, we learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences.  In this Way of Shambhala course we begin to understand why experience is often habitual and full of discontent and suffering.  And most importantly, we learn how difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness and humor.

This is a public class open to all, but is especially recommended for people who have taken Shambhala Training Level Two. This is the second class in our core curriculum (http://la.shambhala.org/what-we-offer/the-way-of-shambhala/) - but it may also be taken independently.  The class includes meditation instructions, talks, periods of meditation practice, discussion, and a variety of contemplative practice activities.  A range of learning aids are used, including simple instructions, experiential exercises and strong community support.



Bill Bothwell is a senior student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, an accomplished lawyer and musician, and father to three young adults. He has studied and practiced the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings for over 35 years and has taught Shambhala Training levels for over 20 years.



Joel Wachbrit has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism for 22 years. His most recent post was co-director of SMCLA, the last of many positions he has held since starting out stuffing envelopes in 1989. Joel composes music for TV and film and is an accomplished guitarist. He is married and has three boys – one canine and two feline.

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