Program Details

Contentment in Everyday Life

with Jesse Miller & Rodger Pool
June 22 / 8:30 AM - June 29 / 4:00 PM

The Way of Shambhala: Contentment in Everyday Life
With Jesse Miller and Rodger Pool

Two day programme:   
Saturday 22 June, 8.30am – 3.30pm, and Saturday 29 June, 8.30am – 4pm

“Contentment comes from knowing that everything we need is contained in the present moment."   
-Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Contentment is hard to find. We usually think contentment is found in things, achievements or experiences.  With meditation practice, we find we can relax with ourselves, appreciate simple human experiences and meet the difficult emotions and challenges of life with gentleness, mindfulness and inquisitiveness.

You are warmly invited to attend the two-day programme Contentment in Everyday Life. This second workshop follows on from Meditation in Everyday Life, which we ran earlier this year.  However, it also provides the final opportunity for students to join The Way of Shambhala series as newcomers. 
The Way of Shambhala is a complete introduction to the foundations of Shambhala Buddhism.  The Everyday Life and subsequent Basic Goodness series of contemplative workshops provide an experiential overview of meditation practice, wisdom teachings, contemplative practicess, and physical disciplines rooted in the ancient traditions of Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhism and also prepare students who wish to further develop their practice and study at residential retreats and assemblies.   
This programme is open to everyone. Its focus on group discussion and exploration of the material provides a wonderful opportunity to share insights and clarify and integrate understanding.   
Please note: This programme is a prerequisite for you to proceed further in the Way of Shambhala series.  The series provides a strong foundation in mindfulness-awareness meditation, and how to bring sanity, courage, stability and wisdom to our complex lives.  Each class includes meditation instruction and practice, teachings, contemplation and group discussion. Way of Shambhala is now a prerequisite for advanced Shambhala programmes; experienced students are encouraged to participate.

Registrations:  Please register with Anya Zvedzina at
Programme Fee  (two days) $140;  Members $120
Concessionary rate* $70.
Please note that a late payment penalty of $15 will apply for payment made after 10 June.
Coffee and croissants will be served at 8.30 am at the start of each day of the programme.
There will be a Reception with finger food directly after the programme on 29 June.
* The concessionary rate is designed to enable those who, for reasons of financial hardship, could otherwise not afford to attend.  Please talk to us if you need to.

Venue: The Auckland Shambhala Centre, located at 3B Scarbourough Lane (Off Parnell Rd), Parnell.

The Teachers:
Jesse Miller will be teaching this programme via Skype hookup from San Francisco, together with Rodger Pool in Auckland. Senior teacher Jesse Miller has a close and long-time connection to the Auckland Shambhala Centre.   A former student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and current student of Sakyong Mipham, Jesse lives in the Bay area of San Francisco , teaches throughout the USA and visits us regularly.  

Rodger Pool is a senior practitioner in the Auckland Shambhala sangha, former Centre Director, and a student of Sakyong Mipham.

The suggested texts for this course are Turning the Mind into an Ally and Ruling Your World by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche; Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior and Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chödron. These books are available from the Shambhala Centre if you wish to purchase.

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