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