WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Contentment in Everyday Life (Westside)
with Marilyn Moore & Sheryl Beard
April 10 / 7:30 PM - May 8 / 9:30 PM
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.
Marilyn Moore, a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, first came in contact with Shambhala in 1997. The mother of three grown children, she has experienced the practice of "letting go" — otherwise known as "retirement" — three times in the past half-dozen years: first from her position as Director of SMCLA, then from a lengthy career working in an art gallery, and most recently, retiring as SMCLA Head of Practice. Currently, Marilyn is co-coordinating twice-weekly meditation sessions at the Center for Living Peace in Irvine, as well as helping to lead a discussion group there on a book by Sakyong Mipham called The Shambhala Principle.
Sheryl Beard has been a Dharma practitioner for over 30 years, first with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and then Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She is retired from a career in public education in which she taught high school AP Spanish and served as mentor teacher and beginning teacher support provider. She is married with two adult children and two grandchildren.