Program Details

Joy in Everyday Life: A Five-Week Course

with Sarah Woodard
June 17 / 7:00 PM - July 15 / 9:00 PM

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.

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.

Sarah Woodard entered Shambhala Buddhist practice in 1979. She soon relocated to Boulder, Colorado to study and practice directly with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Integrating this study and meditation into ordinary life situations has meaningfully and deeply enriched her life and her roles as householder, mother, and bodyworker.

Sarah has taught Shambhala Training Levels and Buddhist study courses for more than 25 years. She also served as co-Regional Director of Shambhala training. Discovering the simplicity of goodness in our lives, touching human struggle and softening into our basic, natural opening, continues to motivate her practice and study.

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
Smile at Fear by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The Places that Scare You by Pema Chödrön

And additional readings from:
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Great Eastern Sun by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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

In order to make our programs accessible to everyone, we have a “pay what you can afford” policy. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please decide what works for you and offer whatever you can. For those who cannot afford the full price, please pay what you can at the door.

If you would like to volunteer to help at the center, please contact volunteer [at] sfshambhala [dot] org. 

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

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