Program Details

Way of Shambhala I - Joy in Everyday Life

with Denise Wuensch & Jeffrey Stevens
December 3 / 7:00 PM - January 21 / 9:00 PM

12/10/13 UPDATE: Class #1, originally scheduled for Dec 17th, 2013 has been cancelled. The entire course has been extended one week, and the final class #5 now is on Jan 21st, 2014.

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 and JIEL, we invite you to volunteer to help staff this program! It also is recommended [but not required] to have taken the "Shambhala Path of Staffing" training. In Denver, this was held in May 2013 with Shastri Janet Solyntjes, but it has been offered at other Shambhala Centers, too. If you are interested in staffing, please contact one of the Coordinators, Kristine Berlute ( or Amy Van Court (, 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 Shastri Jeffrey Stevens:
A longtime student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Jeffrey began studying and practicing the Shambhala Buddhist path in 1992. He has an academic background in philosophy, anthropology, and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. His occasionally humorous teaching style emphasizes a precise understanding of the mechanics of meditation, and he encourages students to articulate what they have learned with each new step in their education. In his professional life, he is a founding partner of August Wealth Group, a financial management company. He serves as Shastri, a senior teacher of the Shambhala tradition, at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver.

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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