Program Details

Way of Shambhala I - Joy in Everyday Life

with Denise Wuensch & Coleman Zeigen
January 15 / 7:00 PM - February 12 / 9:00 PM

Through practical methods, we develop kindness toward ourselves and others. We emphasize the joy and invigoration that comes from discipline. The Lion represents the qualities of cheerfulness, health, and freedom from doubt. There is a natural inquisitiveness about other beings, and about the world around us. The lion is aware of karma - causes and conditions - and is able to interact in the world with virtue. It is through the discipline of virtue that we are able to rouse cheerfulness, energy, and joy in our life.

Prerequisite: Way of Shambhala I (Year 1): Contentment in Everyday Life.

Highly recommended, but not required, is Way of Shambhala I: Meditation in Everyday Life.

It also is recommended to also have completed Shambhala Training Levels One, Two, and Three.

The Way of Shambhala series is presented by a dedicated team of experienced Shambhala teachers under the guidance of the Shambhala lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

STAFFING: If you've completed Level III, we invite you to volunteer to help staff this program! It also is recommended [but not required] to have taken the Shambhala "View of staffing/coordinating" training. In Denver, this was held in April 2011 with Barbara Smith, but it has been offered at other Shambhala Centers, too. Please contact Laurie Lavine, SMCD's co-Director of Practice and Education for Way of Shambhala, at, if you're interested in staffing or even coordinating one night of this course, or sign up via SMCD's Volunteer webpage here.

About Denise Wuensch:
Denise Wuensch began practicing Buddhism in 1976. In 1994, she began serving in the household of the Sakyong. Today she serves as his Head of Household. She lives in Denver where she works as a psychotherapist and is adjunct faculty at Naropa University in Boulder in the Master’s Degree Contemplative Psychotherapy Department. She is married and enjoys making jewelry, hiking, reading, and playing with her cocker spaniel.

About Coleman Zeigen:
Coleman Zeigen has been practicing meditation for the last 20 years; in the Shambhala Tradition for the last 10 years.  He relocated to Denver in 2012 from Northampton, MA where he was the co-director of the Pioneer Valley Shambhala Center and also taught theater and public speaking at a performing arts public charter school. Mr. Zeigen lived and worked at Karme Choling from 2005-2007 where he served on the senior leadership. Before that he was a stage actor in New York City and around the country. He led a meditation retreat for teens at Karmê Chöling, and adapted a children's book, by Northampton author Richard Michelson, into a musical which was performed at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.

Generosity Policy: Please contemplate how much you can offer and give more or the suggested amount above based on your individual circumstances. The suggested program price reflects our costs to offer the program. Our generosity policy supports individuals who have special circumstances and need to "pay-what-you-can" due to financial hardship. To take advantage of our generosity policy, please contact us in advance of this Program at: Thank you!

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