Program Details

Comfortable with Uncertainty, by Pema Chodron: Book Study Retreat

with Jesse Miller
July 13 / 9:00 AM - July 28 / 5:00 PM


This two-day retreat, held on Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 28th, will include reading periods and meditation/contemplation instruction and practice.  In addition, our teacher, Jesse Miller, will lead the group in discussion and offer his keen insights garnered through years of practice and association with Pema herself. This retreat does not assume prior knowledge of Buddhist thought or practice, and all are welcome. Please feel free to attend only one of the days if you cannot attend both.

This book, subtitled "108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion," offers readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily living.  Comfortable with Uncertainty offers a progressive program of spiritual study, leading the reader through essential concepts, themes, and practices on the Buddhist path. Through the course of studying this book together, participants will learn practical methods for heightening awareness and overcoming habitual patterns that block compassion.

Jesse Miller, a frequent and much-loved teacher in Sonoma and throughout the Bay Area, has been a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for over thirty years and has been directing Shambhala Training programs since 1991. He is also a teacher of buddhist programs and has worked closely with Pema Chodron in several large programs in the Bay Area and at Shambhala Mountain Center.  A member of the Berkeley Shambhala Center, Jesse often travels to other centers to teach and is a regular yearly visitor to the sanghas of Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand.

If you don't have a copy of the book, we recommend that you purchase it beforehand (available from new for $13, or used from for as little as  $4).  If that is not possible, we will have a few copies on hand that can be borrowed.

All are welcome to attend this special two-day event (one half day and one full day).  The cost for attending the program is $50 for Shambhala Center Members, $55 for Friends of Shambhala and $60 for the general public.  As always, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Please refer to our Generosity Policy.

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