WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Contentment in Everyday Life (Westside)

with Shastri Pamela Bothwell & Sheryl Beard

May 3rd—May 31st (2012)

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  • $100.00 Program Price
  • $75.00 Patron Price

The experience of contentment is often missed in our search for excitement and delight.  Satisfaction and relaxation can be discovered in everyday life.  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.

Classes include meditation sessions, talks and discussion groups.  Students will also be introduced to contemplative disciplines that make the journey experiential--touching our emotions, intelligence, creativity, and the practical details of daily life in modern society.

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. 

This class meets at our Westside location: 
1453 14th Street #C (The cross street is Broadway)
Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Pamela Bothwell first encountered the Dharma at Tail of the Tiger (Karme Chöling Buddhist Contemplative Center) in Vermont in 1973. She has served as co-director of the New York Shambhala Center; Head of Practice and Study at Karme-Chöling; Head of Study at the San Francisco Shambhala Center; Ambassador to the Los Angeles Shambhala Center; and Co-Director of the Los Angeles Shambhala Center. In 2010, she was appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as Shastri for Los Angeles.  A former attorney, Ms. Bothwell is married and the mother of three young adult children.

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.

SMCLA Generosity Policy

The Shambhala Center remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our members and program participants, and one of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one should be prevented from participating in programs for lack of funds. At the same time, the Center relies on the revenue from program participants to cover the cost of each program and of keeping our doors open. For programs where there is a set price, if the program price is an obstacle for you, please offer as much of the program price as you can. The suggested minimum, based on the Center’s costs, is 50% of the program price. You may type in the amount on the registration page and pay accordingly. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price of the program, and provides support to the Shambhala Center. If you have any questions, please email la@shambhala.org.

Program Cancellation Policy

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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