Program Details

Joy in Everday Life

with Jesse Miller & Rodger Pool
September 21 / 8:30 AM - October 12 / 1:00 PM

with Jesse Miller and Rodger Pool

*  21 September 2013:  8.30am to 1pm

*  28 September 2013: 9.30am to 11.30am, and

*  12 October 2013: 8.30am to 1.00pm

Prerequisite: Contentment in Everyday Life

Why are you always joyful? 
Because you have witnessed your basic goodness, because you have nothing to hang onto . . . “

Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche


Through an exploration of the Buddhist teachings on intelligent compassion towards others, we begin to discover the joy of discipline, health and bravery.   As meditation practice expands and we develop trust in basic goodness, we can begin to discover the confidence and personal energy to go forward on the journey. Joining gentleness with discipline leads to a sense of joy. The Mahayana teachings on compassion can become the inspiration for a life of bravery and freedom from doubt.


  This is the third programme in the Way of Shambhala “In Everyday Life” 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.

Registrations:  Please register with Anya Zvedzina at


Programme Fee  (three sessions) $140;  Members $120

Concessionary rate* $70


Please note that a late payment penalty of $15 will apply for payment made after 10 September.

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 12 October.


* 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.


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 teacher 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, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and Smile at Fear  by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, The Places that Scare You and The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chödron.    Most of these books are available from the Auckland Shambhala Centre if you wish to purchase.

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