WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Contentment in Everyday Life (Westside)
with Shastri Pamela Bothwell & Sheryl Beard
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.