Contentment in Everyday Life
February 18 / 7:00 PM - March 18 / 9:00 PM
Contentment can be hard to find. Much of the time we search for contentment in things, achievements or relationships. With meditation practice, we relax with ourselves and appreciate simple human experiences. Difficult emotions and challenges of life can be met with gentleness, mindfulness and inquisitiveness, free from self-aggression.
As we continue with the In Everyday Life series, meditation experience is deepened through the cultivation of contentment and simplicity. We explore the foundational views of the hinayana Buddhist teachings and meditation in action for daily life. Through understanding the painful conditions and emotions that keep us trapped in habitual patterns, we can open to our inherent goodness and express the qualities of the Tiger: gentleness, appreciation and steadiness.
This class is open to all. Contentment in Everyday Life is the second in the series of five Way of Shambhala I classes and is the companion class toShambhala Training Level II. Prior Shambhala meditation instruction, attendance at Shambhala Training Levels I & II and Meditation in Everyday Lifeare recommended but not required.
Please note: This class is required to proceed to the next class, Joy in Everyday Life.
Recommended texts for the class:Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam TrungpaTurning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong MiphamRuling Your World by Sakyong MiphamThe Sanity We are Born With: A Buddhist Approach to Psychology by Chogyam Trungpa
Additional readings:The Myth of Freedom by Chogyam TrungpaThe Wisdom of No Escape by Pema ChodronCutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa
Advance registration is required. To registrater, click below and continue to PayPal to make your secure online payment. Or you may mail a check with "CIEL February/2014" in the memo line, made out to Berkeley Shambhala Center, to:
Shambhala TrainingBerkeley Shambhala Center2288 Fulton St. Ste 202Berkeley, CA 94704.
Generosity policy applies. Please contact Tyler Thompson at least five days before the start of the program to request a financial accommodation.