Program Details

Contentment in Everyday Life: A Five-Week Course

with Alice Tarkeshi
November 12 / 7:00 PM - December 17 / 9:00 PM

In Contentment in Everyday Life, meditation experience is deepened through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity.

This course provides an exploration of genuine contentment, the foundational views of the Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. With meditation practice, we can learn to appreciate ourselves and simple human experiences, free from self-aggression. Difficult emotions and the challenges of life can be met with gentleness, steadiness, and humor.

The Way of Shambhala Curriculum is designed to be taken in conjunction with Shambhala Training levels I-V. Contentment in Everyday Life is both a companion class to Shambhala Training Level II as well as an excellent introductory course on its own.

The Courses
The courses are weekly, interactive, communal, and create a learning environment where the teachings are intimate and relevant. We train in meditation, and use inquiry, dialogue, and contemplative arts throughout the classes.

There are no prerequisites for this class

Readings for the class will be taken from the following texts. Books are be available for sale in the San Francisco Shambhala bookstore, however it is not necessary to purchase the texts to take the class.

Turning the Mind Into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Ruling Your World by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Sanity We Are Born With by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Myth of Freedom by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chödrön


Alice TarkeshiAlice Tarkeshi has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism for 30 years and in the process has been weaving themes of Creativity and Astrology into the fabric of her understanding. With an academic background of Psychology and the Arts, she teaches the Dharma mostly through her modern Ikebana workshops. Currently she is developing programs that link the Shambhala path with Western Astrology.

$150 at the door, $130 with preregistration and online payment..

Membership discounts apply. For financial aid or work-study please contact volunteer [at] sfshambhala [dot] org, at least a week in advance. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Please pre-register online to help us plan for the class.

Arela: arela [dot] pineda [at] gmail [dot] com

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