Program Details

Way of Shambhala I - Contentment in Everyday Life

with Denise Wuensch & Aaron Snyder & Jeffrey Stevens
November 4 / 7:00 PM - December 9 / 9:00 PM

Please note the CIEL program prices above are suggested. We invite you to register for the program, participate, and as you can afford or are inspired, help offset the costs with a payment sometime during the program.

Although basic goodness is the ground, we experience discontentment and pain. In this course we learn why experience is often habitual and full of discontentment. We recognize this with gentleness, and settle into nowness with contentment and appreciation.

The Contentment in Everyday Life course is a thorough exploration of mindfulness meditation, delving into the foundational views of the Hinayana Buddhist teachings, and meditation in action for daily life. By acknowledging and understanding the reality of suffering we can open to our inherent goodness and express the qualities of gentleness, appreciation, and fearlessness in our everyday lives.

Each class includes meditation and/or contemplation, some social element, a presentation, and time for a discussion of how the material relates to our personal life.

There are NO prerequisites for this program. This is the second 5-week class in our core curriculum - the Way of Shambhala I, but it may also be taken independently. It is a wonderful introductory class.

For Way of Shambhala participants it is suggested to also take 'MEDITATION in Everyday Life' in order to begin to synchronize the Shambhala Training levels with the corresponding course. 'MEDITATION' ideally follows after Shambhala Training Level One, and 'CONTENTMENT' ideally follows after Level Two.

STAFFING: If you've completed Level III and CIEL, we invite you to volunteer to help staff this program! It also is recommended [but not required] to have taken the "Shambhala Path of Staffing" training. In Denver, this was held in May 2013 with Shastri Janet Solyntjes, but it has been offered at other Shambhala Centers, too. If you are interested in staffing, please contact Laurie Lavine at

About Denise Wuensch:
Denise Wuensch began practicing Buddhism in 1976. In 1994, she began serving in the household of the Sakyong. Today she serves as his Head of Household. She lives in Denver where she works as a psychotherapist and is adjunct faculty at Naropa University in Boulder in the Master’s Degree Contemplative Psychotherapy Department. She is married and enjoys making jewelry, hiking, reading, and playing with her cocker spaniel.

About Rupon Aaron Snyder:

(Watch this space for Rupon Snyder's bio!)

About Shastri Jeffrey Stevens:

A longtime student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Jeffrey began studying and practicing the Shambhala Buddhist path in 1992. He has an academic background in philosophy, anthropology, and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. His occasionally humorous teaching style emphasizes a precise understanding of the mechanics of meditation, and he encourages students to articulate what they have learned with each new step in their education. In his professional life, he is a founding partner of August Wealth Group, a financial management company. He serves as Shastri, a senior teacher of the Shambhala tradition, at the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver.

Our Generosity Policy: We have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you, and offer as much of the program fee as you can.

To arrange for this, please contact us in advance of this Program at:

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “Patron Price.” Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.


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