(Westside) WAY OF SHAMBHALA: Contentment in Everyday Life

with John Beard & Sheryl Beard

March 16th—April 13th (2017)

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  • $175 Program Price
  • $220 Patron Price
Room: WESTSIDE SHAMBHALA @ 3877 Grand View Blvd, Mar Vista, 90066

Discontent drives so much of what we do. We feel uneasy with ourselves and the world around us, especially during turbulent times. Knowing little of our nature or the nature of discontent, we assume that something is wrong with ourselves or our world. So we try to fix them. And the more we try, the more discontent we feel.

We may keep trying, often in the same old ways, as long as we have hope. Or we may eventually give up altogether, make the best of what we have, live in quiet despair, and hope that things will not get worse.

Truth be told, unconditional contentment is possible, now, no matter what our circumstances are or how they may change. But not by trying to fix ourselves or others. If contentment depends on fixes, it would not be unconditional or genuine.

Through hearing, contemplating, and applying the ancient wisdom teachings of persons whose lives exemplify genuine contentment, which includes practicing meditation, we can more clearly understand our true nature, experience unconditional contentment, and learn about the obstacles and challenges that keep us from experiencing it.

This five week course offers guidance in cultivating a gentle and friendly relationship with our every day lives through talks, contemplations, meditation practice, and discussion. This course is beneficial to new and experienced meditators alike.

About the teachers:

John Beard is a senior student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He has studied Buddhist teachings and practiced meditation for over 35 years and has taught Shambhala Training levels for over 25 years.

Sheryl Beard is a senior student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She has served as a meditation instruction for many years and is currently the Practice and Education Coordinator for the Westside Shambhala Center Los Angeles.

The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. 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, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

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.

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and now led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community. More →

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Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles offers a rich array of ongoing meditation programs free to the public including weekly public sitting meditation hours and dharma talks. No prior meditation experience required to attend.  All are welcome. More →