Program Details

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Patricia Ullman
November 7 / 7:00 PM - December 5 / 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.

Each class includes meditation and/or contemplation, some social element, a presentation, and time for a discussion of how the material relates to our personal life.

Please plan on attending each session of the program. The first and last classes are especially important.

No prerequisite: This course is open to all.

Patricia Ullman Hayward has been a senior teacher and meditation instructor in Shambhala for many years.  From 2000 to 2005 she was the Director of Practice and Education at Dechen Choling in France, and from 2005-2012 she was the Executive Director of Dorje Denma Ling in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.  In the 1990's, Pat was the Resident Director of Shambhala Training in Washington, DC, and was a founding member of that center in the mid-1970's.  Pat is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School in Halifax, and was a practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barrister's Society in the 1980's.  She has two grown children and currently lives in Halifax, NS.


The Way of Shambhala series provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation and is composed of Shambhala Training Levels I-V, each with an accompanying optional five-week 'In Everyday Life' course. The 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. CONTENTMENT can be taken as the first or second of the 'In Everyday Life' courses, as there is no pre-requisite to attend.

The Shambhala Training Levels I-V and the In Everyday Life courses 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. 

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