Fearlessness in Everyday Life
with Thomas Bell
September 19 / 7:00 PM - October 17 / 9:00 PM
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.
Prerequisite: Joy in Everyday Life.
Tom's family moved to Nova Scotia from Boulder, Colorado in 1988 and his career here has been in economic development and management consulting. Jacquie, Tom's wife, is a medical social worker and has worked mostly in palliative care since moving to Nova Scotia. Both Tom and Jacquie are retired and do a lot of teaching, meditation instruction, and other volunteer work within the Shambhala Buddhist community. Their son, Wilson, teaches history at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC and has a five year old daughter and a five month old son. Their daughter, Victoria, is a manager with Cancer Care Ontario and has two sons and a daughter; ages seven, four, and four months. Tom's older son, Adam, from his first marriage, teaches bio-physics at the University of Chicago and has a daughter age sixteen and a son age thirteen.
The Way of Shambhala series provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation and is composed of Shambhala Training Levels I-V, and an optional accompanying five-week 'In Everyday Life' course. The 'In Everday Life' series is designed to be applied to the complexity of our daily lives, and to develop courage and sanity in these troubled times of uncertainty. FEARLESSNESS is the fourth of the five courses.
The Shambhala Training Levels I-V and the Everyday Life classes can also each be taken as a stand alone series.
Over the course of a year, the Way of Shambhala introduces the entire Shambhala path. It offers a glimpse of the Shambhala vision of enlightened society by emphasizing the ways in which meditation can impact our daily lives, and from there, how the sanity of meditation can expand to impact our whole society.
The Way of Shambhala curriculum was designed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche based on the Shambhala Teachings of his father, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. The Shambhala Path emphasizes the development of genuineness, confidence, good humor, and personal human dignity.