Contentment in Everyday Life (Westside)
with Faradee Rudy & Sheryl Beard
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.
Faradee Rudy has been an active member of the Shambhala Community for the last 10 years. She began attending programs at the Toronto Shambhala Center in 2001 and lived at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado from 2004 to 2008. From 2008 to August of 2011 Ms. Rudy was the Executive Director of the Center for Living Peace in Orange County. She recently returned to school and is studying Interior Design at the Interior Designer’s Institute in Newport Beach. She also currently holds the position of Director of Societal Health and Wellbeing at SMCLA.
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.
Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scented products to the LA Shambhala Center as some of our participants have severe scent-related allergies.