Program Details

WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Contentment in Everyday Life (Westside 2-for-1 Discount)

with Bill Bothwell & Alexandra Milsom
September 19 / 7:30 PM - October 17 / 9:30 PM

Special Autumn 2-for-1 Discount!
Sign up with a friend and you each pay half price! Simply call our office to register and take advantage of this special offer: 323-255-5472

Contentment is hard to find.  We usually think contentment is found in things, achievements or experiences.  With meditation practice, we learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences.  In this Way of Shambhala course we begin to understand why experience is often habitual and full of discontent and suffering.  And most importantly, we learn how difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness and humor.

This is a public class open to all, but is especially recommended for people who have taken Shambhala Training Level Two. This is the second class in our core curriculum Way of Shambhala - but it may also be taken independently.  The class includes meditation instructions, talks, periods of meditation practice, discussion, and a variety of contemplative practice activities.  A range of learning aids are used, including simple instructions, experiential exercises and strong community support.

Bill Bothwell is a senior student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, an accomplished lawyer and musician, and father to three young adults. He has studied and practiced the Shambhala and Buddhist teachings for over 35 years and has taught Shambhala Training levels for over 20 years.

Alexandra Milsom first started practicing with Shambhala in 2003. She spent one year living at Dechen Chöling, Shambhala's retreat center in rural France, before coming out to Los Angeles to pursue her Ph.D. in English literature. Currently, Alex serves on the Global Council of the Ziji Collective, a Shambhala group dedicated to social engagement and culture, and she also helps coordinate Los Angeles' Young Adult sitting group on Monday nights.

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