Program Details

Fearlessness in Everyday Life (Westside)


with John Beard & Cynthia MacKay
February 21 / 7:30 PM - March 21 / 9:30 PM

Prerequisites: Joy in Everyday Life (JIEL). It is also highly recommended that students have taken Shambhala Training Level Four.


Learning to work with our anxiety, we are not blocked by fear. Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings of mind and the nature of reality, we learn to see clearly. We dare to face life and death as they are. The meditator, open to uncertainty, goes beyond the emotions of hope and fear to experience equanimity.


This is the fourth class in our core curriculum Way of Shambhala.  It also offers a glimpse of the Shambhala vision of enlightened society by emphasizing the ways in which meditation and contemplation can impact our daily lives, and from there how the sanity of these practices can expand to impact our whole society. 


John Beard is a long-time student of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has served in various leadership roles in the Los Angeles Shambhala mandala and is retired from a 40 year career in human resources management.


Cynthia MacKay has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for over 20 years. She has traveled extensively through Asia receiving teachings from many other renowned Buddhist teachers, including the 17th Karmapa. Cynthia is now following in her teacher’s footsteps by running marathons. She is also actively involved in teaching meditation at Men's Central Jail and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in Malibu.


Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scented products to the LA Shambhala Center as some of our participants have severe scent-related allergies.

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